The wrestling legend got here out on the present (Picture: WWE)
The legend and pioneer – who has died aged 79 – referred to himself as wrestling’s first homosexual famous person, and he got here out publicly to his friends throughout an emotional episode of actuality present Legends’ Home in 2014.
Addressing the likes of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart and “Imply Gene” Oakerlund, he stated: ‘From the place I come from, what I’ve – I had nothing, no household, no cash, and I ended up with Vince working within the workplace.
‘To me, that was the largest achievement of my life – however there’s extra to that, guys. There’s extra to that.
‘Sitting right here tonight, I’m gonna say one thing I might by no means wanna say publicly, however being right here with you guys, for as soon as in my life I’m gonna be me now. I survived all this being homosexual.’
His fellow legends might be seen welling up within the highly effective video, with Oakerlund patting him on the shoulder and providing some help.
A visibly emotional Patterson added: ‘I lived with that for 50-something years. I had a pal with me for 40 years, and I misplaced him as a result of he had a coronary heart assault and I ended up alone.
‘I survived on this enterprise, I did. I’m so pleased with me. It’s robust, guys. It was robust.’
The opposite wrestlers might be heard providing phrases of help and encouragement, and talking to the digital camera after popping out, Patterson stated he needed to ‘be pleased’ for the remainder of his life.
‘I gave my life to the enterprise,’ he defined. ‘I don’t remorse nothing, and for the remainder of my life I wanna be pleased.’
In addition to being the primary individual to seize the IC Title in 1979, the legendary performer was very important behind the scenes throughout a profession spanning six a long time and invented the Royal Rumble match.
In his e book Accepted: How the First Homosexual Famous person Modified WWE, he wrote: ‘The primary Royal Rumble was on January 24, 1988, in Hamilton, Ontario.
‘The distinction between WWE’s Royal Rumble and a standard over-the-top rope battle royal is that the contributors come into the match at two-minute intervals – not all on the similar time originally of the match.
‘I needed to create one thing particular.’