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Pat Patterson Talks About His New Book, Montreal Screwjob, Vince Retiring

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Pat Patterson spoke with Newsweek while promoting his new book, “Accepted: How The First Gay Superstar Changed WWE”.

The interview began with Patterson recalling if he’d ever faced discrimination on account of his orientation.

“Never,” He said, “My whole life in the business, years and years, I’ve wrestled just about everybody in the business. I’ve never had a problem. I turned out to be so good that they liked to wrestle with me because I made them look good. I had a reputation for being a good guy and friendly with everybody. The word “gay” or “queer” was never brought up.”

He continued, “Of course, I hid it too. I didn’t want anybody to know I was gay. All these years, I had to hide. I traveled all over the country. A lot of guys had girlfriends here, girlfriends there, but I was too afraid to go to a gay bar,” Patterson said, “I had to wear a hat so I wouldn’t be seen. I hid for years. I kept saying to myself, “One of these days, I’ve got to come out.” That’s what I did on Legends’ House. I feel like I’m free now after all these years of hiding.”

He discussed how the idea to write a book about his life came about.

“It was not my idea to write a book,” Patterson said, “I’ve been in the business 58 years… Vince kept saying to me, ‘One of these days you’re going to have to write a book about your life and what you have accomplished. It’s a great story.’ They kept pushing me and pushing me, so I said, okay, I’ll write it.”

And adding, “The title of the book—Accepted—that didn’t come from me. I had no idea,” He said, “They showed me the cover of the book and I just took it because it sounds good.”

Patterson has been a part of the WWE Brass’s inner circle throughout all the most storied years of the company’s history. But for one of the most controversial moments in that history, The Montreal Screwjob, Patterson claims to have had no prior knowledge.

“I really did not know,” He said, “I was so mad when I found out. I grabbed my briefcase and I left the building. I went to the hotel, had a couple of drinks, and I didn’t know what to do. I thought I was going to quit the business. I then had another cocktail and said, ‘Wait a minute, it’s like I’m hiding.’”

He went on, “I went back to the arena and I went right to Bret Hart. He and I get along so good and I helped him in his career. It was hard for him to believe I didn’t know,” Patterson said, “For a couple of years, he didn’t speak to me. I would bump into him and say: ‘Bret, all these years, we were so close.’ I wanted him to shake my hand and he finally did it.”

When asked if he thought Vince McMahon would ever retire, the 75 year old pro wrestling legend laughed.

“Never,” Patterson said, “There was a convention for workaholics in Chicago once and I said to Vince: ‘You should go there.’ You know what happened? No-one showed up… they were all too busy working.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has called Patterson one of his greatest mentors. Patterson reflected on whether he knew from a young age that Johnson would end up being such a huge star.

“Not at all,” He said, “I used to wrestle his father [Rocky Johnson], and his wife, Ata, was sitting at ringside with the baby—that was the Rock. He called me because he wanted to break into the business. He must have been 19, 20. I called Vince and said, ‘You want to see that kid.'”

Patterson concluded, “After his first movie, [The Rock] said, ‘Pat, you’re going to walk the red carpet with me at the premiere.” That made me feel good'”.

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