Although it has long been known within the wrestling business, WWE legend Pat Patterson officially announced on Thursday's episode of Legends' House on WWE Network that he is gay.
According to TMZ, the 73-year-old Patterson had kept his sexual orientation a secret for 50 years, but he finally made the announcement in front of his peers.
As seen in this video courtesy of WWE's official Twitter account, Patterson and the rest of the legends were both emotional and celebratory once the announcement was made:
Patterson proclaimed that he no longer wanted to be "phony," and he certainly isn't as the news is now out in the open.
While the announcement was billed as a revelation and may have come as a surprise to some, legendary WWE commentator Jim Ross certainly wasn't shocked:
Legends' House was actually filmed in 2012, so the announcement was made quite some time ago, but it didn't become public until the season finale aired Thursday night.
The announcement is great for Patterson since it seemed to alleviate a huge burden from his shoulders, but it has no bearing on everything Patterson has accomplished within the wrestling business. In addition to being WWE's first ever Intercontinental Champion, Patterson has also been one of WWE chairman Vince McMahon's most trusted associates for many years.
As pointed out by Scott Fishman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Patterson's wrestling acumen is essentially unmatched:
If nothing else, Patterson's announcement furthers WWE's progressive reputation. WWE Superstar Darren Young announced that he is gay in August 2013, so Patterson marks the second high-profile person in the wrestling business to come out in less than a year.
Patterson, who is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was one of wrestling's biggest stars in the 1960s and 1970s. He proved on Legends' House, however, that he is still capable of entertaining in a big way.
Now that Patterson is open about his sexual orientation, perhaps he can take on a greater role with WWE in terms of promoting tolerance and respect. Patterson certainly helped himself by finally making the announcement and now he has an opportunity to help others as well.
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