Newsweek magazine recently published an article promoting WWE Hall of famer Pat Patterson’s new book, “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.” The article contains an excerpt from the book, in which Patterson discusses his wonderful relationship with The Rock, as well as gives advice to superstars who want to make it in the business.

Below are some excerpts from the article:

On his relationship with The Rock:

When Rock was on his way out, leaving the business for Hollywood, he headlined a house show in Hawaii, the island that was his home for many years. He picked Chris Jericho as his opponent and they had a great match in a sold-out venue. After the show, we could not find The Rock anywhere. We finally discovered him under the bleachers, crying tears of joy. I am telling you: it was real emotion. We couldn’t find him before the show, either. I finally discovered him outside, speaking to a guy dressed like a bum. It turned out that man was the actor Bruce Willis. We went to a party with him later that night—amazing things like that happened to me all the time.

One thing I want to say about The Rock: he flew me in for the premiere of one of his movies and I walked the red carpet with him. I can’t even describe how special that was, or what it meant to me that he wanted me to hang with him while he was doing interviews. In the theater, I was sitting on one side of his mother, Ata. Then he came in and he sat on the other side of her and the movie started. After there was a wonderful party with food and booze. I barely saw him there—he had all of these movie people around him, talking about his new life in Hollywood. I gave him one final piece of advice that night: “Make sure you enjoy it.”

On up and coming superstars trying to make it in WWE:

There are very good wrestlers who are never going to be the performer that Vince sees as the guy. The reality is: you have to convince the director of the movie that you’re right for the part. Some guys are just not good enough for WWE. It’s hard to meet with so many aspiring Superstars without letting down a few people along the way. I always liked to help the new guys. But I’m never personally on a mission, because if Vince doesn’t hire them, there’s not much I can do.

Over the years, I’ve just ignored all casting-couch innuendo made toward me and my work at WWE. I was smarter than that. It still hurts, but there was really no way for me to defend myself. I became the disappointed wannabe wrestler’s ultimate excuse for why they weren’t offered a contract. And that’s just silly. People who were unhappy used the fact that I am gay to get back at WWE. To all the people who have ever said they weren’t hired because they were not gay, I can only say, “Guys, I’m sorry. You were just not good enough.”

You can find the entire article at this link.



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