Oct 16, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Pierre Clermont
Weight: 240 lbs.
Date of birth: January 19, 1941
From: Montreal, Quebec
Pro debut: 1958
Trained by: Pat Girard
Finishing move: The Sleeper Hold
- Patterson wrestled as “Pretty Boy” Patterson, in the early-60′s, which included red lipstick, and pink tights.
- Patterson dominated the San Francisco territory, winning multiple U.S. titles, as well as several tag team titles with Rocky Johnson.
- Patterson also won the 1975 Cow Palace Battle Royal — a major event through the 70s.
- Patterson came back in 1981 to win the final Cow Palace Battle Royal when promoter Roy Shire was closing down the promotion.
- 1979: Patterson then joined the WWF, where he was managed by The Grand Wizard.
- June 19, 1979: Patterson won the WWF North American belt by defeating Ted DiBiase.
- September 1979: Patterson was awarded the first ever Intercontinental title in a fictional tournament in Rio de Janeiro. The North American title was retired and replaced by the Intercontinental title.
- 1980-81: Patterson also started doing some commentary for the WWF after he turned face.
- Patterson worked for Dino Bravo & Gino Brito’s Montreal promotion.
- Early 1980s: Patterson headed back to Montreal to work for International Wrestling.
- 1984: Patterson officially retired from the ring.
- Patterson becomes a WWF Official & Road Agent, as well as part time Booker.
- 1992: Patterson was one of the figures accused of sexual misconduct, and had to resign from the WWF until things cooled down.
- Patterson’s sexual orientation came out during the sex scandal, but luckily he was not scoffed at by the industry, and was rehired.
- 1996: Patterson is inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame.
- Patterson is known for putting finishing touches on the booking of top matches.
- Patterson is the godfather of Stephanie McMahon.
- Late 1990s: Patterson received a lot of TV exposure with Gerald Brisco as Vince McMahon’s stooges.
- On the June 19, 2000 episode of Raw in Nashville, TN, Patterson defeated Gerald Brisco for the WWF Hardcore title.
- October 5, 2004: Patterson gives his notice to the WWE and will leave the company after their next PPV (Taboo Tuesday). This stems after his comments were published criticizing Triple H being over-pushed and blaming him for the recent slump.
- October 19, 2004 – Taboo Tuesday: The McMahons threw a “retirement” party in Patterson’s honor after the PPV went off air.
- Patterson underwent emergency heart surgery on August 6, 2006 to remove a cyst from his main artery.
- On March 29, 2008 in Orlando, FL, Patterson inducted Mae Young into the WWE hall of fame.