Is it a big deal when something happens involving someone in a certain industry that’s common knowledge among those in said industry as well as those who are fans of said industry? It’s fun to see organizations like TMZ pick up on a story and treat it like the biggest shocker on the planet when it’s actually old news and actually it’s pretty much common knowledge amongst the industry. This week’s season finale of WWE’s Legends’ House on the WWE Network saw the “shocking revelation” that legendary wrestler Pat Patterson is gay. When Darren Young came out it was a bit of a shock because nobody had ever admitted to being gay while active on the WWE roster before, but everyone knew he wasn’t the first gay man in the history of wrestling.
While Pat Patterson’s admission on the WWE Network reality series may have seemed like a big deal on the surface, if you dig a little deeper it’s much less of a surprise than originally suspected. It’s been widely known by fans that Patterson was a homosexual, from a scandal in the early nineties, all that way up until recent times fans have either known or strongly suspected this to be the case. Another reason this isn’t too big of a shock in the wrestling world is that fans of the WWE know this show was actually filmed a couple years back when the talks of the WWE Network first began. This was one of the many suspected new shows planned for the Network, along with a few sitcoms, that had a lot of WWE fans wondering how things would work out upon the Network’s debut.
Pat Patterson has been a favorite amongst diehard WWE fans for years now, especially after his run during the attitude era as one of Vince McMahon’s stooges. Patterson is also the first man to hold the illustrious Intercontinental Championship, just another reason for WWE fans to respect and admire him for what he’s done in this business. Another crowning achievement of Mr. Patterson is that he’s the man who came up with the concept of the Royal Rumble and he’s had a hand in booking just about every single one since it’s inception. The man has earned the title of Legend in WWE, so it’s no big deal that he’s gay, as Jim Ross said on twitter, it’s old news actually. There was a rumor that The Rock actually got with Pat Patterson to help develop his character in Be Cool, The Rock does give him Patterson credit for some of his iconic gimmick, and as the man who got him a shot in the WWE, so it seems plausible. So, back to my original point, is it a big deal when a man comes out when it’s been common knowledge amongst the fans of wrestling for ages? I say it’s just another day, nothing to see here.