If you’re a WWE fan, the name Pat Patterson has meant something to you since the ’70s when he had the professional wrestling world in a half nelson.
If you’re like me, you’ll have to Wikipedia him.
Appearing recently on the WWE Network reality TV show Legends’ House, Pat revealed that he’s been living in the closet for the past 50 years and is ready to step out.
No matter how you feel about wrestling, it’s an all-too familiar story of waiting too long to come out (though apparently it was no secret to those close to him) in a stereotypically homophobic environment, and we can certainly sympathize with him there.
Even more notable are the reactions from his friends at the WWE, who offer support and love. It probably helped to have all those cameras rolling too.
Last year, Darren Young became the first WWE wrestler to come out, telling a TMZ reporter, “Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”
We hope Pat Patterson is just as happy.
Here’s the clip where he breaks the news: