I don’t have much of an opinion about last night’s SummerSlam other than they need to have shorter shows because the crowd and TV audience gets burned out. Today it’s back to Pat Patterson’s new book “Accepted” with some Ray Stevens stories. Those two were one of the best tag teams of the 1970s and probably all time. The shame is that little footage from that time and territory (San Francisco) exists.
I admit I did this kind of thing a few times for Ray, and on the road Stevens would even pick up a girl here and there and get her to give me a blow job. When he would ask me how it was, I would tell him, “I certainly could have given her lessons.”
Gotta love that Patterson is truly committed as a wingman. And again, not afraid to laugh at himself.
And I will always remember what he used to say when I would call bullshit on one of his stories: “If a story is worth telling, it’s worth coloring, Pat.”
I will do that from time to time as well, so those are words to live by. Reality is like a salad: there’s a lot of shit there and it works better with dressing.
I had a fruit basket on my jacket with the lettering “California fruits.” I was always able to poke fun at myself — that’s why I never had any issues while with WWE when my friend Gorilla Monsoon or others would poke fun at me while doing commentary. I was in on the laugh from the beginning.
Jim Ross in the Attitude Era would famously say that Patterson worked at the Brisco Brothers Body Shop specializing in rear end work. Gorilla’s jokes would be a lot less pointed and he would usually bring up the “Terry Garvin School of Self Defense” and reference Patterson as helping out there.
My secret was that I had an offer on the table to go to New York to work for Vince McMahon Sr.
One surprise from this book is that Patterson hated SF promoter Roy Shire with a passion. It’s a surprise because Patterson didn’t seem to hate anyone, and also because he worked in the territory for so long. Shire was one of the few promoters who expressed his distaste for gay people, which is hilarious because he was the SAN FRANCISCO promoter.
It’s also interesting that Patterson never worked in New York until 1979 which was about 20 years into his career. The New York territory was still part of the National Wrestling Alliance and would be until 1983. It was one of the best places to be simply because of the advantages of being in New York City and how the WWWF (later WWF) would have shows from Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Patterson “won” the first Intercontinental title in “Rio” on September 1, 1979, which was designed to change the name of the North American title. He is still amused that he’s never actually been to Rio and thinks he should to lend that story some legitimacy. So he came in heavily pushed as a heel but would quickly turn babyface as the champion. Manager The Grand Wizard would sell the contract of Patterson to Lou Albano and Pat refused to go along with. Similar to the Hercules angle in 1988:
Next time: Patterson discusses the angle with Sgt. Slaughter and the famous Alley Fight from MSG 1981, some Andre the Giant stories, and a look at Vince McMahon’s peculiar work habits.