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SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Rick Patterson


6'3", 320 pounds
BORN:Birds Hill, Manitoba PRO DEBUT: 1982 - Winnipeg - For New Brand Wrestling
AKA: Rick Petterson, Ricky Bruno, Leatherface

Leatherface
Rick Patterson as Leatherface.
Courtesy CWF/NWA.

  A current mainstay on the Japanese scene, Rick Patterson began his career in Manitoba, holding the tag-team titles.

  He debuted as one half of the Hollywood Blondes with his brother Barry Patterson for New Brand Wrestling.

 After Winnipeg, Patterson moved west to Vancouver, working for Al Tomko. He's also seen time in Stampede Wrestling.

 In 1987-1988, he ventured to Missourri, where he and partner, Mike Stone, won the Central States Tag-Team titles on their first night in the territory. He would hold the belts again with Steve Ray.

 Patterson is also well known the Maritimes, where he travelled alongside Eddie Watts. He's also put in time in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Korea.

 In 1993, Patterson was reffered by Eddie Watts to Japanese promoters to fill the Leatherface character while Mike Kirchner (aka Corporal Kirchner) was detained. He has worked almost exclusively in Japan since that time.

  Patterson makes occassional appearances for Manitoba independents when in the area.

This bio was written by central Canada's leading wrestling expert, Vern May of Canadian Wrestle-Media. To learn more about wrestlers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Vern encourages you to email him.
Stories
May 3, 2000: Leatherface a star away from home


Memories

  Chainsaw Charlie ? No. Super Leather ? No. We have Leather Face of the IWA in Japan.
 When you come in the Korakuen Hall, there is always Leather Face in front of you, and he is doing his autograph session to fans. Without that ugly mask, he is very nice person, and I appreciate he is always very nice to me. Leathermania is running wild in Japan,
 "Party's on !!!"
 Masanori Horie/Tokyo,Japan
 Once Petey "The Mad Mongol" got paranoid and picked up the couch I was sitting on. I strongly suspected that Pete had become intent upon chucking the couch and its' contents (me) out the window. Especially so after Petey declared, "Sir! I am going to chuck this couch and its' contents out the window!"
  Without hesitation, Rick said, "Hey, don't throw the couch out the window!", and Pete stopped. Thank God the couch upon which I was sitting belonged to Rick. It would have been a long way down.
  Name on file, witheld upon request
  I remember at the IWA king of death match tournament I wasnt there but it was so cool when he ran through the crowd with his chainsaw and scared all the people then when he fought Terry Funk and completely missed on the early moonsault in the match but Funk was still hurt if anyone has any other tapes with Leatherface in them email me.
  BEAN69ME@aol.com
 I had the pleasure of meeting Leatherface at a local I.W.A independent show on 7/16 and 7/17. We talked wrestling and such and he was very nice and never minded taking pictures with kids or signing autographs. Truly a class act!
 Shujah, Thunder Bay, ONT
 I just met Leatherface yesterday at a show at U of Manitoba. He had a hardcore match that saw tables, fences, garbage cans, and a host of other things be destroyed. It was insane. Leatherface eventually had fire blown into his eyes (an impressive fireball too). That set off the fire alarm and the fire trucks soon arrived and we were all forced to evacute.
 Afterwards, when the show was back on, Leatherface was sitting at a little table with other wrestler, selling pictures of his brutal Japanese matches. I walked up, rather sheepishly, and said that I had really enjoyed the match. He looked at me through that hideous mask and said, "I'm really sorry about the fire alarm. I guess some people are kinda mad." It was almost sweet. We talked briefly about Terry Funk, Japanese matches and fans, and I left with a wonderful memory.
  rmboyce@sprint.ca
  I was in Japan one night where Leatherface was fighting Terry Funk. Many moonsaults and fire attempts.
  Timothy Dineen
 A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Rick when I organized an outdoor wrestling show at the East Elmwood Community Club in Winnipeg. Rick "Leatherface" Patterson was one of the featured wrestlers.
 The show was scheduled to start in or around 1 or 2 pm. Rick came over and introduced himself to me before he went to the dressing room to change. What immediately struck me about him was that he was such a normal, friendly guy given the Leatherface reputation of creating chaos and mayhem throughout Japan.
 About twenty minutes later Rick returned from the dressing room in full Leatherface regalia. He walked over and said he was going to stand on a street corner and try to bring in some people to the matches. At that point my day turned almost surreal, with Rick in full Leatherface gear swinging his chainsaw over his head at a busy intersection, and watching the looks on the motorists faces as their jaws dropped open when they saw this monstrosity.
 Rick's match was a no-contest, with him and Bugsy Sluggliano brawling into the crowd eventually ending up in the hockey rink's penalty box.
 At the end of the day I was trying to find someone from the community club to help me transport my barbecue back to my house. Rick overheard this and offered to drive me and my wayward barbecue home.
 A true gentleman and a stand up guy.
 Brian Kaplan
 I remember as an 9 year old kid watching BIG TIME WRESTLING on Sat. & Sun here in Sacramento on ch. 40 with Hank Renner back in the early 70's. It played all over northern California like S.F.,San Jose and even Modesto but it was taped right here in Sacramento at the ch. 40 studios on Thursday nights. I remember my dad was friends with one of the camaramen and we used to get let inside the studios before the general public while they were still setting up the ring. I will never forget one time Pat Patterson, Kenji Shibuya and Mr. Saito (I hope I'm spelling their names correctly!) were practicing this bit they were going to do durring the Hank Renner Interview segment were Renner's interviewing Pat and out would come the other two with a "gift" for Pat. The gift is this Asian kimono looking bathrobe thing that Pat tries on. While Pat is tying the robe (and his hands are busy) the other two "karate chop" Pat and flip him to the concrete floor. Well anyway, they were rehearsing this and getting down the camera angles etc. Now remember, I'm only 9 years old at the time and of course have no clue about the "behind the scenes" aspects of the show. Naturally, I think Pat's getting his ass kicked but only this time there's no Rocky Johnson or Peter Maivia running out to help him (on the actual show there was but not at this rehearsal). So, caught up in the moment and since nobody else was going to help him. I come RUNNING over to maybe 10-15 yards away from them and yell something like, "Hey, no fair! There's two of you and Pat's by himself, leave him alone. (I was caught up in the moment as any 9 year old would be) At which point they stop fighting and ALL THREE OF THEM start laughing their asses off !! It was at about this point I started to wonder if maybe Mom was right about it not being real.
 Jimmy
 Sometimes I do some volunteer-staff job for WWA in Korea. (LeatherFace is one of maineventer in this federation.) I met him and Jason the terrible,so we talk about wrestling and that night's show. Unmasked Leatherface is not a monster, not a chainsaw Charlie. There was a kind guy who has his professional attitude to Wrestling. We're having fun, and I hope I'll meet him again! (and I wish he showed us more hardcore move in Korea!! Like he did in WNG and IWA Japan!!) Thanx for leading my words you guys, and thanx for memories to Rick!!
 nhc316@hanmail.net