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3 Facts Every WWE Fan Needs To Know About Pat Patterson

The WWE Universe woke up to the news that WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson had sadly passed away earlier today at the age of 79. Patterson had been battling cancer at the time of his death and it was revealed on Twitter that he had passed away in a Miami hospital.

Despite not being a regular face on WWE TV, Patterson was working backstage up until the time of his death as a producer, a role that he had held since 2005, making him one of the company's longest-tenured employees.

Patterson was one of the best minds in the business and tributes following his death have shown just how much the former champion meant to the Superstars of today. The former star may not be as well-known by the younger generation, but here are just five facts about the star that guarantee his name will never be forgotten.

1 Pat Patterson was the inaugural Intercontinental Champion

Pat Patterson may be best-known for his behind the scenes role in WWE, but the former champion had a career that spanned six decades. It was during his time as an active performer that he became the first-ever Intercontinental Champion.

WWE introduced the Intercontinental Championship back in September 1979 and Pat Patterson was awarded the title as the first Champion after winning an alleged tournament in Rio De Janeiro. Whilst this tournament is listed in history books, it never actually took place, which means that Patterson was just handed the Championship following its unveiling.

The Championship tournament was later revealed to have been an April Fools' Joke, but it allowed Pat Patterson to take his place in the history books forever.

Patterson only held the title for around six weeks, since he later dropped the Championship to Seiji Sakaguchi in November the same year.

2 Pat Patterson was the first-ever openly gay WWE Superstar

Pat Patterson was part of WWE at a time when being gay was less accepted, but the former champion was so comfortable with his sexuality that he was always open about it. Patterson even wrote a book about his acceptance in the wrestling business despite being gay, called Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE, which was released back in 2016.

Patterson first came out back in the 1970s and even though there were several jokes made about him by Jim Ross behind the commentary desk, his sexuality was never used in WWE storylines or acknowledged on TV.

It wasn't until Legends House, which became one of the most popular shows on the WWE Network back in 2014, that Patterson was able to openly talk about being the first gay WWE Superstar.

Pat Patterson has since inspired several other wrestlers to come forward and be open about their sexuality in the WWE locker room including former WWE star Darren Young and former Tough Enough standout Sonya Deville.

3 Pat Patterson isn't his real name

Pat Patterson is the name that has dominated many of WWE's creative ideas over the past few decades but despite being known under this name and being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with it, this isn't his real name.

Pat Patterson was actually born Pierre Clermont, to a French-speaking family in Quebec, Canada back in 1941. He began his wrestling training at the age of 14 and just three years later he made his debut wrestling at the Palais des Sports as "Killer" Pat Patterson.

In his younger years, Patterson was an altar boy and was actually raised as a Roman Catholic. The former champion initially expressed an interest in becoming a priest but was told that this wouldn't work out since he was "too adventurous".

Interestingly, Pat Patterson became better known under his wrestling name throughout his career than his given name, so he made the decision back in 2008 to legally change his name to Pat Patterson and officially left Pierre Clermont behind.

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