[Ken Patera Gallery]
[Heenan Family Gallery]
Wrestler/Promotor: Ken Patera
Real Name:
Birthday: 11/06/42
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6' 1" - 275lbs
Trained by: Verne Gagne
Debut: 1973
Previous Gimmicks:
Finishing Move: Swinging Full Nelson
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Dusty Rhodes
Wahoo McDaniel
Tony Atlas
Bob Backlund
Tommy Rich
Jack Brisco
Jim Brunzell (AWA)
Greg Gagne (AWA)
Pedro Morales (WWF)
Andre The Giant
Bobby Heenan
The Heenan Family
Official Website: http://www.kenpatera.com

  • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1977)..
  • Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Wahoo McDaniel (1978)..
  • Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Tony Atlas (1978)..
  • Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles w/John Studd (1979)..
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Pat Patterson (April 1980)..
  • Missouri Heavyweight title defeating Kevin Von Erich (April (1980)..
  • Georgia Heavyweight title defeating Tommy Rich..
  • Missouri Heavyweight title defeating Jack Brisco..
  • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1981)..
  • AWA Tag Team titles w/Jerry Blackwell defeating Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzel (1982)..
  • AWA Tag Team titles w/Brad Rheingans defeating Badd Company (1989)..

  • Ken Patera grew up in Portland, Oregon and became a world class powerlifter..
  • 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..
  • 1978: Ken defeated Wahoo McDaniel to capture the Mid-Atlantic title..
  • 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..
  • 1979: Ken teamed with John Studd to capture the Mid-Atlantic tag titles..
  • 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 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..
  • 2002: A band called "The Swinging Neckbreakers" claim to have taken then name from watching Ken Patera wrestle when they were growing up..