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Thunderbolt Patterson to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024

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As first reported by Andscape, Thunderbolt Patterson is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2024.


A hugely influential, although often overlooked, figure in sports entertainment history, Thunderbolt Patterson’s captivating abilities on the microphone inspired a generation of talkers that followed in his footsteps.


Growing up in Iowa, Thunderbolt Patterson moved to Texas and worked with legendary promoter Dory Funk Sr. (father of WWE Hall of Famers Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk) where he began performing incredible interviews using a delivery inspired by Black Southern pastors.


Thunderbolt Patterson backed up his talents on the microphone in the ring as he captured titles across North America while defeating iconic opponents like Bruiser Brody and WWE Hall of Famer The Sheik. Thunderbolt Patterson was also a decorated tag team competitor, most famously teaming with Ole Anderson before their partnership erupted into a brutal rivalry, which helped launch the legendary Four Horsemen.


Thunderbolt Patterson was also a contemporary of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and was often credited with inspiring The American Dream’s charismatic persona.


Thunderbolt Patterson’s work as a captivating performer was self-evident, but he was also a fierce advocate for the health and welfare of competitors outside of the ring.


His legacy as a showman with his signature quick punches, his incredible blend of power and speed, and his compassion for his fellow man live on as his influence can still be seen in the ring today.


Also to be inducted so far is Paul Heyman, Bull Nakano, The U.S. Express and Muhammad Ali.


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