Pat Patterson was an icon, a WWE Hall of Famer, a creative genius and a friend to many in the wrestling industry. Patterson died at age 79 and former co-workers flooded social media with an outpouring of love and memories.

The first-ever Intercontinental champion had not only a memorable ring career, but his impact on the current generation of stars was evident. Working backstage for WWE he was the creative mind behind some of the biggest ideas in the history of WWE, including the Royal Rumble. He had a knack for implementing unique finishes, and the relationships he forged often extended well beyond the walls of WWE.

Here’s how the wrestling world reacted to his passing:





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