During an interview with the “Inside the Ropes” podcast, Pat Patterson commented on his contributions to the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event, including originally coming up with the idea for the Royal Rumble match. Patterson claims Vince McMahon hated the match at first and thought it was “stupid.” NBC executive Dick Ebersol apparently liked it.
“I had a big meeting with Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol,” Patterson said. “I’m there with Vince and we’re talking about Dick Ebersol, he’s on NBC Network, wants a big show, something special, something that’s never been done. So, I gave my idea to Vince. He knew the idea but he didn’t like it, but I gave him the idea. And Vince says, ‘Alright, tell Dick Ebersol that stupid idea you’ve got.’ I said, ‘Well first of all, it’s not a stupid idea.’ So, Dick Ebersol, I told him the idea. One guy, two guys, bing boom! Dick Ebersol went crazy, he says, ‘Vince, this is unbelievable for television.
“You know what he called that? When a guy runs in from the dressing room – it’s a run in. He’s not supposed to be there. But these were legal run ins. Beep! You’ll go! You know what I mean? You think, for television it would be great. We did it. And I’ll never forget that morning, I had it all in my head about how it was going to work, and now, the next day – the day of, Vince says to me, ‘Well, have you set up your Royal Rumble?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Well, f–k! You got to do it.’ I had to do all that by myself. I did. It worked.”
“I think the second time it probably came up that we got to do [The Rumble], do it again. Come in in January, it was the perfect date. Like, here’s to go after Survivor Series during the holidays, every [Thanksgiving].”
Patterson also looked back fondly at Ric Flair’s Rumble win in 1992 in Albany, NY, which resulted in him winning the WWE Title.
“That was in Albany, New York. I remember,” Patterson said. “And after that, when he came backstage, I was there. He was so happy, he was hugging me, he was crying like a baby. He was so happy because he came in to WWE as a big star and he wins the Royal Rumble, like, ‘I can’t believe you did that for me!’ You know, he was so happy. Good for him! I like Ric Flair, he’s a hell of a guy.”