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Ken Patera

Ken Patera






Birthday - 11/6/42

Hometown - Portland, OR.

Ht/Wt - 6'1", 270 lbs

Trained by - Verne Gagne

Debut - 1973



Title History

Title/Partner/Defeated/Date/Lost to/Date

NWA American (WCCW) Tag Team Titles w/ Tex Mckenzie, Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan 7/22/74 / Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan 8/?/74

NWA Tri-State U.S. Tag Team Titles w/ Killer Karl Kox, Bob Sweetan & Randy Tyler 10/19/76 / Bill Watts & Billy Robinson ?/?/76

NWA Tri-State Brass Knuckles Title - Killer Karl Kox ?/?/76 / Bobby Jaggers 12/2/76

NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title - Greg Valentine 4/2/78 / Tony Atlas 10/7/78

NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title - Tony Atlas 10/21/78 / Jim Brunzell 9/14/79

Missouri Heavyweight Title - Kevin Von Erich 11/23/79 / Ted Dibiase 11/21/80

WWF Intercontinental Title - Pat Patterson 4/21/80 / Pedro Morales 12/8/80

NWA American Heavyweight Title (WCCW) - Kerry Von Erich ?/?/81 / Masked Superstar ?/?/81

Missouri Heavyweight Title - Jack Brisco 10/23/81 / Dick The Bruiser 1/1/82

AWA World Tag Team Titles w/ Jerry Blackwell, Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne 6/26/83 / Crusher & Baron Von Raschke 5/6/84

AWA World Tag Team Titles w/ Brad Rheingans, Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka 3/25/89 / Wayne Bloom & Mike Enos 9/18/89

PWA Tag Team Titles w/ Baron Von Raschke, The Punishers 12/29/91 / vacated titles 1/4/92



Other career highlights:

  • Ken Patera grew up in Portland, Oregon and became a world class Olympiclifter..
  • 1971: Ken won four gold medals at the Pan American games..
  • 1972: Ken represented the United States in the '72 Olympics..
  • Ken trained with Verne Gagne and made his pro debut in 1973..
  • 1977: Ken used his swinging full nelson to injure several wrestlers in the WWWF and was voted PWI's "Most Hated Wrestler."
  • 1977: Ken participated in several World's Strongest Man competitions which are often shown on ESPN or TSN even today..
  • January 25, 1978: Ken lost to Dusty Rhodes in the semi-main event at the Orange Bowl..  
  • Ken lost and recaptured the Mid-Atlantic title during a feud with Tony Atlas..
  • 1978: Ken challanged WWWF World Champion, Bob Backlund, on several live events..  
  • April 1980: Ken defeated Pat Patterson for the WWF Intercontinental title..
  • April 1980: Ken defeated Kevin Von Erich for the NWA's Missouri title four days later..
  • Ken held both titles for six months, splitting his time between the two promotions..
  • 1980: Bob Backlund defeated Ken Patera in a "Texas Death Match" to retain the WWWF title..
  • 1981: Ken defeated Tommy Rich and Jack Brisco to capture the Georgia and Missouri titles..
  • 1981: Ken won his second "PWI Most Hated Wrestler" award..
  • 1982: Ken returned to the American Wrestling Alliance to be managed by Bobby Heenan..
  • 1983: Ken jumped to Adnan Al-Kaissey's stable and formed a tag team with Jerry Blackwell called The Sheiks..
  • Ken & Jerry Blackwell defeated Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell for the AWA World tag titles..
  • Ken soon returned to the WWF and formed an alliance with Bobby Heenan & Big John Studd..
  • Ken & John Studd were involved in the infamous hair-cutting incident with Andre the Giant..
  • April 6, 1984: Ken & Massa Saito threw a thirty pound boulder through the window of a McDonald's in Waukesha, Wisconsin..
  • ~~~Later that night they brawled with police who were sent to arrest them..
  • ~~~Sixteen months later, Patera and Saito were found guilty of battery on a peace officer and sentenced to two years in prison..
  • 1987: Patera changed his life for the better and returned to the WWF, this time as a face..
  • Ken Patera began a feud with the Heenan Family and occasionally teamed with Billy Jack Haynes..
  • Ken suffered an arm injury and was out of action for five months, and returned to little success..
  • 1989: Ken returned to the AWA again, to form a tag team with Brad Rheingans (another Olympian)..
  • March 25, 1989: Ken & Brad Rheingans defeated Badd Company for the AWA Tag team titles..
  • Ken & Brad vacated the titles when Patera was "injured" by the Destruction Crew..
  • Ken then went into semi-retirement working off and on in various promotions..
  • Ken Patera will be remembered as one of the most effective heels in the history of wrestling..