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[The Patriot Gallery]
Wrestler: The Patriot
Real Name: Del Wilkes
Birthday:
Hometown: South Carolina
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'5" - 275 lbs.
Trained by: Verne Gagne
Fabulous Moolah
Debut:
Previous Gimmicks: The Masked Dream Weaver
The Trooper (AWA)
The Patriot (Japan,GWF,WCW,WWF)
Finishing Move: The Full Nelson Suplex
The Patriot Missile (Top Rope Shoulderblock)
Favorite Moves: Uncle Slam (Full Nelson Slam)
Notable Feuds: Paul Orndorff
Paul Roma
Harlem Heat
Bret Hart
Owen Hart
British Bulldog

  • AWA World Tag Team titles (as The Trooper) w/DJ Peterson;
  • GWF (Global Wrestling Federation) Television title defeating Buddy Landell in a Tournament (June 29, 1991);
  • GWF (Global Wrestling Federation) North American Heavyweight title defeating Al Perez (August 23, 1991);
  • WCW World Tag Team titles (as The Patriot) w/Marcus Bagwell (2);
  • All Japan All-Asian Tag Team titles;


  • In the Beginning:
  • Del Wilkes was a star offensive guard at the University of South Carolina long before his wrestling days..
  • Del Wilkes started out in the Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association wrestling under the name "the Trooper"..
  • Del Wilkes lived up to this "Trooper" gimmick, even writing out tickets for his opponents after beating them!

    Global Wrestling Federation (Dallas, TEXAS) - The Patriot is Born:
  • Del Wilkes was given the "Patriot" gimmick by booker Joe Pedicino in Global Wrestling Federation based in Dallas, Texas..
  • June 29, 1991: The Patriot defeated Buddy Landell in Tournament Final to be the first ever GWF Television Champion..
  • August 10, 1991: The Patriot defeated Al Perez in Tournament Final to capture the GWF North American title..
  • August 16, 1991: The Patriot vacated the North American title because Perez's feet were on the ropes when pinned.
  • August 23, 1991: The Patriot defeated Al Perez to win the GWF North American title in the rematch.
  • August 23, 1991: The TV title was declared vacated when The Patriot won the GWF North American Heavyweight title..

    World Championship Wrestling - The Patriot:
  • The Patriot moved on to Ted Turner's ever expanding World Championship Wrestling..
  • The Patriot formed a very successful tag team with Marcus Alexander Bagwell known as Stars & Stripes in WCW..
  • September 18, 1994 - Fall Brawl: Paul Ornforff & Paul Roma defeated Stars & Stripes to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • September 25, 1994: Stars & Stripes defeated Paul Ornforff & Paul Roma to win the Tag Team titles..
  • October 23, 1994 - Halloween Havoc: Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma defeated Stars & Stripes to win back the Tag Team titles..
  • November 16, 1994: Stars & Stripes defeated Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma to win their second Tag Team titles..
  • December 8, 1994: Booker T & Stevie Ray (Harlem Heat) defeated Stars & Stripes for the Tag Team titles..
  • January 25, 1995 - The Clash: Harlem Heat w/Sister Sherri defeated Stars & Stripes to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • The Patriot eventually left WCW leaving Bagwell again without a partner..

    World Wrestling Federation - The Patriot:
  • The Patriot had his biggest success briefly appearing in the WWF for a feud with USA-bashing Bret Hart..
  • July 21, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley by Disqualification..
  • July 28, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot defeated Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
  • August 4, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot defeated The Sultan..
  • August 11, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot & Ken Shamrock defeated Owen Hart & British Bulldog..
  • August 18, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot defeated Vader..
  • September 1, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot defeated Owen Hart by Disqualification..
  • September 7, 1997 - Ground Zero: Bret Hart defeated The Patriot to retain the WWF title..
  • September 15, 1997 - RAW: The Patriot defeated Owen Hart..
  • September 20, 1997 - One Night Only (In England): The Patriot defeated Flash Funk..
  • October 5, 1997 - Bad Blood: Bret Hart & The British Bulldog defeated Vader & The Patriot in a Flag match..
  • Del "The Patriot" Wilkes suffered a back injury and was forced to retire from professional wrestling..

    Retirement:
  • Del Wilkes sold the "Patriot" gimmick and mask to Tom Brandi, who regularly tours the indy scene using the name..
  • Del Wilkes is currently writing a book about his life and career..
  • May 4, 2006--Carolina Classic Wrestling: The city of Columbia gave an award to Del Wilkes, the Patriot.
  • June 17, 2006--Carolina Classic Wrestling: American Eagle (George Hines) w/Del Wilkes defeated Bobby Fulton..