Back for a dip into Pat Patterson’s book as he is just about to take an unwanted sabbatical from the business:
“Pat, I was sure you had someone with you. I didn’t know how I was supposed to position myself. I didn’t know if I could watch or not. You had me all screwed up in my mind.”
On the road at one point, Patterson roomed with Bobby Heenan and Pat decided to mess with him. After Heenan had gone back to the room for the night, Patterson decided to make like he was bringing a man back to the room for some fun. This was Heenan’s reaction to all this.
You know, we weren’t sure what to do with Undertaker when he first came to WWE. “You know how I see him?” I said to Vince. “I’m not sure what is the exact word for it, but he reminds me of characters in old Western movies . . . That guy with the long black coat who would have different roles in town. Like a doctor . . .” Vince said, “You’re not describing a doctor, Patrick.” “I don’t know what they are called.” Someone said, “From your description, I think you mean an undertaker.”
And so the Undertaker was born. He was not going to be “the guy in the giant egg” at Survivor Series 1990. In fact, he had already appeared on a TV taping just days earlier and was billed as “Kane the Undertaker”. Probably smart to just drop the first part. The early Undertaker squash matches are fun because they weren’t over in 45 seconds; he would get a few minutes to show his entire arsenal.
In the wake of other individuals’ misconduct within the company, I was wrongly accused of being involved in their inappropriate conduct. The fact that I was gay certainly played a part in me being targeted like that.
Long story short: Several people within the WWF were accused of sexual misconduct, and some of it was really weird stuff. I wish I could go back in time to the point where I didn’t know about Mel Phillips’ foot fetish, but here we are.
Terry Garvin (who was also openly gay) was the head of the ring crew and stood accused publicly of sexual harassment, i.e. making advances on the boys/young men that composed his crew. In 1992, people used to link being gay with pedophilia because there was still great ignorance to the fact that they are two separate things. Just because Patterson’s sexual orientation (while not out, everyone in the business knew he was gay), he stood accused alongside everyone else even if he didn’t do anything related to the case. This is why he resigned in early 1992 from the WWF; he would return later in the year when the story had died down.
If I had wanted it, I could have pursued a big offer to go to WCW. I received word that they wanted to speak with me. I let them know through the same channels that there was no point in talking, as I would never even entertain the idea.
Based on the timeline of this book, it would seem Patterson got this offer either in the spring of 1992 when he was out of WWF or in early 1993 when WCW had just fired Bill Watts. The biggest reason why he wouldn’t have gone is his loyalty to Vince McMahon; they are really great friends beyond just being colleagues.
Patterson booking 1992 WCW is a very interesting idea. I’m sure he would have done better than the wretched 1992 Halloween Havoc card. I think he would have done more with Steve Austin than Watts and Bischoff did.
Another thing I want to say is that I’ve never given steroids to anyone.
This is hardly a surprise since Patterson wasn’t even known for having this great body. Unlike Vince, Pat was never hung up on the big guys which is why he advocated for guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. When he wrestled, Patterson’s biggest strength was his ability to play to the cheap seats in the arena.
The worst part was seeing him [Louie] in the casket. Holy shit, that was tough.
Patterson’s partner of four decades passed away the same day as the 1998 King of the Ring PPV. One of my favorite parts of this book was reading about Louie (who I knew nothing about coming in) and just how much of a Renaissance man the guy was and how beloved he was by those in Pat’s wrestling world, even if Louie didn’t give two shits about the business.
“Pat, can I ask you a question? When Louie died . . . He had his heart attack during King of the Ring . . . Did Louie die during my match?” “Goddamn it, no, you crazy bastard. He died three hours before the show.” Mick was relieved. “So, I didn’t kill Louie?”
Mick Foley: afraid that he LITERALLY killed during his insane Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker.
Coming up next time: The book goes back in the timeline as Patterson talks about his role in the first WrestleMania and the creation of the Royal Rumble.