WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson spoke with Slam Wrestling about his career and the “Pat Patterson Appreciation Night” taking place at tonight’s RAW from Montreal. Here are some highlights of what Patterson said about:
Becoming Vince McMahon’s Ring Hand Man In The 1980’s: “He made me quit wrestling and work in an office, something I had never liked. I didn’t like working in an office, I mean, I quit school so I wouldn’t have to work in an office. I became Senior Vice-president and I had no idea what that meant. The only thing I knew was pro wrestling.”
“I was just a kid who left Montreal with nothing and I went as far as working several main-events at the MSG in New York. You know what they say, if you make it to New York, you can make it anywhere and I’m very proud of that.”
His Appreciation Night: “Quite frankly, they didn’t tell me anything,” Patterson said regarding his appreciation night. “It will be pretty nerve-wrecking for me. I know I will be honored and that they want to do a big thing out of this. You know, I usually cry in those moments, so I really have no idea how it will go. I’ll be overwhelmed by all this I’m sure. It’s going to be a very touching night for me as I will look back at 54 years in the business, this business I loved and still do today.”
Patterson also said he has always been a big fan of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels and pushed hard for them to be featured as main eventers in the 1990’s.