One of the great figures of Canadian pro wrestling is gone.
Globe Wrestling Entertainment announced the death of Pat Patterson on Wednesday. He was 79 and had been diagnosed with cancer.
Born Pierre Clermont, Patterson was the inaugural Globe Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Champion and one of the most prominent and first openly gay performers in the sector.
A native of Montreal, Patterson broke into wrestling in the late 1950s and first achieved fame upon relocating to the United States in the early 1960s. After early success in Don Owen’s Pacific Northwest Promotion, Patterson teamed up with Ray Stevens as the Blond Bombers in San Francisco’s Big Time Wrestling, winning the National Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Championship on two occasions. He would hold those titles 11 times in total with the likes of “Superstar” Billy Graham, “High Chief” Peter Maivia and fellow Canadian Rocky Johnson, the latter two being the grandfather and dad, ……
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