Pat Patterson is gone, but not forgotten. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where the Quebecer has been a pillar for several decades, will reserve him a final tribute on Sunday with the presentation of a documentary recounting the great moments of his career.
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Pat Laprade, the professional wrestling expert at TVA Sports, had the honor of being able to listen to this documentary on the Montrealer, which was named “My Way: The life and legacy of Pat Patterson”. .
Saddened since December 2 by the death of his idol and friend, Laprade is happy that Patterson has received such a great mark of respect, and this, with an emphasis on the roots of the former wrestler.
“In its format, I found it excellent,” Laprade said of the 60-minute film on Friday. All the important topics in Pat’s life are mentioned. It is certain that for the Quebecer in me and the Quebecer in him, we start with Montreal and end with Montreal. I thought it was a nice touch, in addition to giving exclusivity to a Quebec media. ”
The feature film is followed by the tributes delivered by big stars of the last 30 years such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who each praised work behind the curtains of the Québécois.
“There are wrestlers who have testified before that they thought they knew wrestling, but when they spoke to Pat about it, they realized they didn’t know much about wrestling,” said Laprade, who is Glad a nice place was reserved for the thanks of WWE Belle Province representatives Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, whom Patterson greatly appreciated.
A journey worthy of a film
Pat Laprade believes the documentary sums up the life of the man who died at the age of 79. A great place in this film is also reserved for Patterson’s homosexuality, which he did not reveal publicly until 2014.
The existence of the one who was born Pierre Clermont could indeed have been the subject of a film, he who worked in an industry which is very similar to cinema for nearly half a century.
“It’s huge when you think that it’s a little guy from Ville-Marie, in Montreal, who left because he couldn’t make wrestling his job, because he had a father who did not accept that his son was homosexual. He went to Boston borrowing some money from his sister. He did not speak a word of English and ended his professional career as an executive at a company that is now worth several billion dollars. It’s completely crazy, ”Laprade recalled.
“All of this transpires in the documentary. […] We laugh, we cry, we have all kinds of reactions, emotions. It really is a documentary in the image of Pat and what he would have wanted, ”he added.
The wrestling historian will remember Patterson as a man who revolutionized his community, but also as a funny and endearing person.
“Every time I saw him at a show or convention, he had a smile on his face. “What are you doing there Laprade? Are you still here toé? ”” He said, remembering having shared the road with his childhood idol and having had a few beers with him when he was in Montreal.
The documentary “My Way: The Life and Legacy of Pat Patterson” will air Sunday, January 24, on the WWE Network.
Place at the Royal Rumble
Pat Laprade hosts WWE Monday Night Raw with Kevin Raphaël, which are broadcast exclusively in French on TVA Sports 2, Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
This week it will be the last episode before the hugely popular Royal Rumble paid gala, which paves the way for Wrestlemania.
Twist of fate, the Royal Rumble is an event imagined by Pat Patterson, but initially swept aside by WWE leader Vince McMahon. The project eventually hit the airwaves and is now the company’s most-watched annual wrestling gala behind Wrestlemania, according to Laprade.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will make a return to RAW after ruling out COVID-19, and is set to face his legendary opponent Goldberg one last time, before their awaited fight at the Rumble.