Ken Patera Says He Got Ric Flair Into The Wrestling Business

Nick Paglino

Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas interviewed Ken Patera. Highlights:

- Placing ahead of “The Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno at the 1977 World’s Strongest Man Competition, and beating him in a tug-o- war

- Helping break Ric Flair get into wrestling through Verne Gagne’s wrestling camps

- Was it a mistake for him to return to wrestling after his prison sentence?

- Being broke when he entered and when he left the wrestling business

- Would he accept a call to the WWE Hall of Fame?

- How Vince Sr. treated him vs Vince Jr.

EXCERPT: "I got Ric (Flair) into wrestling. Ric and I were sharing a house with a couple other guys in 1972 and he was hounding me to introduce him to Verne Gagne because I was starting at Gagne’s training camp in a few weeks. I finally took him down to the old wrestling office in downtown Minneapolis and introduced him to Verne. He said "I already have enough guys, I can’t handle one more". The other guys were Greg Gagne, Verne’s son, The Iron Sheik, Jumpin Jim Brunzell. Finally we convinced him to include Ric and that’s how it all started."
 
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