The creator of the Royal Rumble and the very first Intercontinental Champion has passed away at age 79. Pat Patterson who has lived his life as a professional wrestler and teacher, he also worked behind the scenes in WWE for decades as one of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s most trusted advisers.
Triple H — “No words can describe what he gave to us. His body as an in-ring performer, his mind as a storyteller, and his spirit as a beloved member of our large WWE family. I will miss him for so many reasons … it’s never goodbye, it’s see ya down the road. Love you, Pat. Abooze.”
Shane McMahon — “I can not express how crushed I feel right now with the loss of Pat Patterson. A true member of my family, mentor and dear friend. I love you Pat. God speed.”
Jim Ross — Just heard of the passing this morning if the great, Pat Patterson. True legend of the pro wrestling business. A wonderful mentor who taught me so much. RIP old friend.”
Stephanie McMahon — “I’m deeply grateful to have grown up with WWE Hall of Famer, the first-ever Intercontinental Champion, the father of the #RoyalRumble and the first openly gay wrestler of his generation. Thank you for teaching me how to not take it all so seriously. Abooze.”