- Pat Patterson, the legendary wrestler and World Wrestling Entertainment star, has passed away at the age of 79
- The veteran performer had an iconic name in wrestling and a career that spanned across six decades in the industry
- Patterson won many titles over his time in the ring, including the maiden Intercontinental belt and the first Royal Rumble match
Pat Patterson, the legendary wrestler and WWE icon, has passed away at the age of 79 after spending 6 decades as an icon of the industry.
The veteran spent 60 years of his career in the wrestling business and won the first-ever Intercontinental Championship and was the winner of the first Royal Rumble match.
He also won the AWA Tag Team Championship with Ray Stevens in 1978 before joining the WWE company.
His most legendary bout in the ring was with Sgt. Slaughter, as they both battled in the popular Boot Camp match and a brutal Alley Fight.
Patterson retired in 1984 and joined WWE chairman Vince McMahon as a commentator before working as backstage personnel. He was also the man who designed the Royal Rumble Match format which gained prominence since 1988.
Patterson also made appearances during the Attitude Era creating unforgettable moments with Gerald Brisco as one of Mr McMahon's hilarious stooges.
Before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996 by Bret Hart, Patterson won the Hardcore Championship after pinning Crash Holly.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za had earlier paid tribute to The Undertaker as he drew the curtains on his 30-year career with the WWE in a final farewell at the 2020 Survivor Series.
The Undertaker, whose real name is Mark Calaway, made his debut in 1990 at the same pay-per-view event and has gone on to win several championship titles.
He also held the longest unbeaten streak at Wrestlemania where he was finally defeated after 21 appearances in wrestling's biggest showpiece.
The Undertaker has finally called it time on his career and admitted he has 'no desire' to return to the ring after 30 years of wrestling professionally. The seven-time champion made the announcement on the final episode of the 'Last Ride', a documentary series specially created for him.
Mark Calaway made his final appearance at Wrestlemania 36 when he defeated AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!