“Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE“ by Pat Patterson— A Gay Wrestling Superstar


Patterson, Pat. “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE“, ECW Press. 2016.

A Gay Wresting Superstar

Amos Lassen

When Pat Patterson was just17 years old, he told his parents that he was in love another male and his parents requested that he leave home. He left Montreal and came to the United States in the 1960s, hardly knowing a word of English but he had great determination to succeed as a wrestler. This was when homophobia was widespread yet Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling. He tells us all about it in “Accepted”. We read of his trials and tribulations as he made his way to the top of sports-entertainment, first as a performer and, then later, as a backstage creative force.

Pat Patterson is a ring legend. He is the prestigious first holder of WWE’s Intercontinental Championship, a WWE Hall of Famer, and one of Vince McMahon’s “stooges” during the Attitude Era. Yet Patterson is no stooge. He has long been one of Vince McMahon’s trusted advisors and is still active in WWE today. In this book, he shares his stories from having been on the road and talks about personalities like “the fun-seeking Andre the Giant and the forever-young-at-heart Ray Stevens”.

Patterson’s wisdom and dedication are legendary and as yet unmatched. He has played an integral part in other wrestlers’ professional and personal lives. This is moving story about staying true to one’s dreams, ambitions, and identity even when it seems impossible to do so.



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