He then grabbed the belt heenan used to whip him and tied it around Heenan’s neck and flung him across the ring. Some fans might have forgotten that when this incident occurred, both Patera and Saito were members of the AWA promotion…not the WWF. He would slowly move down the card and was being used more as a glorified jobber than a true superstar. "People say, 'Why are you still working?' Credited With Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Now sporting his natural brown hair and a more positive attitude, Patera became a favorite of the fans thanks to his rivalry with former manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. While no, there’s nothing quite like that one time that, WWE: The History of WrestleMania Battle Royals, 10 Most Embarrassing Arrests Of Current WWE Stars, Jimmy Snuka Exclusive Interview: The Superfly Still Soars At 71, ‘The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment’ Blu-ray Review, Grappling stars converge: Wrestle Reunion January 28-30 at the Lax Hilton, The Greatest Pro Wrestlers (In No Particular Order). Ken Patera was born on November 6, 1942 in Portland, Oregon, USA. Heenan legitimately had a broken neck from his earlier days in Japan and never got it fixed. However, that’s just inside the squared circle. ( Log Out / The bump he took with the belt legitimately re aggravated the old injury. On April 6th, 1984 in Waukesha, Wisconsin pro wrestlers Masa Saito and Ken Patera went to a local McDonald’s restaurant and tried to get something to eat. "It was unnecessary.". The best part of that angle was Heenan and his brace. His time with WWF was short lived as Patera was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail and six months of probation. By early 2000, the 67-year-old had sold or closed all of these companies and began a new career as a salesman for one of the leading industrial suppliers in the Midwest. McMahon had the idea that WWF cameras would follow Patera from his release of prison to returning to the wrestling ring. ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund reported the story on WWF Update of the incident in question that got him arrested and that Patera was soon to be released from jail. He competed at many World Weightlifting Championships, as well as the Olympics. Ken Patera on IMDb: Movies, Tv, Celebrities, and more... WWE.com “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka could fly like no one else. Change ). Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy. Now in his 40s, Patera was noticeably slower in the ring and experienced far less success than he had earlier in his career. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Downed On The Farm: Top WWE Developmental Prospects That Never Made It…Part 17, Top Five Wrestlers To Never Be A World Champion, The All American Heel Turn: The Rougeau Brothers Become Fabulous, Beginner's guide to New Japan Pro Wrestling, History of the WWE Intercontinental Title, Styles Clash: Clash of The Champions Revisited. Ken Patera, Actor: WWWF Championship Wrestling. ( Log Out / After being refused service because it was after hours…Patera allegedly threw a large rock at the glass of the restaurant…shattering it. Vignettes were shown of Patera working out and lifting weights readying for his WWF return…all the while targeting Bobby Heenan for revenge. When out of prison, Vince McMahon wanted Patera to return to the WWF, as he had an angle all ready for him. There was no need for me to go to prison for this. "If you're with a bunch of people you love, you can have a hell of a party.". Now it was Heenan that was going out for revenge of Ken Patera and would utilize every resource to make sure that Ken Patera was physically, mentally and financially broken. Since much of his day is spent on the job or with his children, the strongman doesn't pursue many hobbies, although he is an occasional golfer. During the lengthy trial, Patera had jumped ship from the AWA to the WWF. Masa Saito was famous in New Japan, but also achieved fame in the AWA and WWWF, even holding the WWWF tag team titles with Mr. Fuji. Either way, the incident did not end there as both Patera and Saito got into a physical confrontation with the two police officers responding to the situation. Ken Patera served roughly eighteen months of that sentence and was released. The Heenan Family would get the upper hand on Ken Patera as they all attacked him and whipped him with a belt. Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia police announced Monday morning that they have arrested former wrestling star Ken Patera and placed him in Punjabi Prison. In November of 1988, the big man competed in his final match for WWE at Survivor Series. "That little dog I have, she's sad when I leave and when I come back she's the happiest puppy in the world," he said with a smile. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’ve seen the entire angle on Saturday Morning Wrestling. Patera would quit the WWF after a dispute over money or lack thereof with Vince McMahon. (PHOTOS). "I opened up a health club in St. Paul, started a limousine service, started a tanning salon, opened up a sports nutrition company," Patera said. "I have a customer base of almost 600 clients, so I drive 1500 miles a week," Patera revealed. In April of 1984, Ken Patera and fellow competitor Masa Saito were arrested in Waukesha, Wis. following a violent confrontation with police officers in a motel. The debate would eventually get physical as Heenan became upset that Ken Patera never won him a championship belt. "It was time to move on.". Outside of the ring, WWE has had its fair share of embarrassing moments, too, as jurisprudence has been quite unkind in the most bizarre of ways to many athletes on WWE’s current roster. He said he didn’t owe Patera anything and what he did on his free time was his business. Patera is also an animal lover with a young golden retriever. His battles with Heenan and his stable of wrestlers would ultimately fizzle out. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. He was paired with manager Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan and worked as a heel. Two podiums were set up and each person was given an allotted time to speak their mind. Ken Patera, from a Czech-American family, was strong and extraordinarily athletic, with many people in his family also successful in athletics. In 1987, he returned to WWE. ", ____________________________________________, Raw results, Sept. 28, 2020: Randy Orton turns out the lights on Legends’ party with steel chair attack, Friday Night SmackDown results, Sept. 25, 2020: Roman Reigns shatters family ties with Superman Punch to Jey Uso, WWE NXT results, Sept. 30, 2020: The Garganos topple Shirai & Priest ahead of TakeOver, WrestleMania 36 results: Drew McIntyre conquers The Beast to claim the WWE Title, The Rock reveals cast for upcoming NBC series “Young Rock”, The origins of the Triple H “point”: WWE’s The Bump, Sept. 30, 2020, This week on WWE Network: New Drew McIntyre documentary, NXT TakeOver 31 and more, Lakers vs. Heat: Superstars predict if LeBron can win 4th title, WWE Playlist: The Great Khali's funniest moments. The answer is my kids," Patera cracked. Okerlund was sent to meet Patera at the prison once he was “released.” Ken Patera made it known that while he admitted his wrong doings, he also blamed Heenan for his lack of support. Patera never could get over as a face. Today Patera runs the AllStar Wrestling Alliance in Woodbury, Minn. It was a travesty of justice. Either way, the incident did not end there as both Patera and Saito got into a physical confrontation with the two police officers responding to the situation. I'm happy and I'm content. Heenan also said that once Patera went to prison, he was no longer his manager. I should have gotten a $350 fine. Ken Patera was legitimately one of the strongest men in the world in his day, an Olympian powerlifter who achieved great fame in pro wrestling in the 1970s and 80s. The belt around the neck, whip and jerk. He is an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), Spectrum Wrestling (1977) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). The two would face off in a debate of sorts in the Summer of 1987. Because Patera and Saito were pro wrestlers and because pro wrestling was becoming a national phenomenon, the incident made national headlines. "What I did in my lifetime, people would die for," he said. Early athletic career. In April of 1984, Ken Patera and fellow competitor Masa Saito were arrested in Waukesha, Wis. following a violent confrontation with police officers in a motel. Although he continued to compete in smaller promotions across the world for a short time, Patera focused the majority of his attention on a wide variety of business ventures. A world-class weightlifter before entering the ring, Ken Patera was the first American man to clean and jerk 500 pounds and the second Superstar to capture the Intercontinental Championship, defeating Pat Paterson for the coveted title in 1980. And although he can be self-deprecating, the man who once competed at the top level in both weightlifting and professional wrestling is able to admit that he's had an amazing ride. Patera accused Heenan of being a “weasel” and not checking in and his wife and children. The AWA Patera heel was a monster character. The McDonald’s event was something because as a kid watching AWA both were heels but in different feuds so the two being together seemed strange at the time and my age then.
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