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 Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2008 12:45 am
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beejmi wrote: Patera wrestled Hogan during Hogan's first title run. It is largely forgotten. I remember being surprised that Patera was "one and done" against Hogan. I was expecting a "three match series".
He went to the pokey weeks after his Philly match with Hogan.

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I gathered the info for all this stuff before. I can probably do it again.

A newspaper article from a few years ago.

It has been 19 years since the arrest and convictions of professional
wrestlers Ken Patera and Masa Saito over a violent brawl with Wisconsin
police officers following the vandazation of a McDonalds restaurant that
refused to serve them. The incident was recounted in the Saturday edition of
Wisconsin newspaper The Waukesha Freeman.

On April 6, 1984 Patera and Saito, then working for the now-defunct AWA,
were refused service from a McDonalds after performing on a show.

Patera (a former champion weightlifter) threw a 30 pound rock through the
front window. When police officers John Dillon and Jacalyn Hibbard responded
to the call and confronted the wrestlers at their hotel room, a violent
beating took place which left both officers with major injuries.

According to the story, Saito claimed that Patera wasn't present. Then,
Patera attacked the officers with Hibbard receiving a massive beating.
Dillon later recounted that the wrestlers "could have killed us if they
really wanted to." It took additional officers to stop the beating.

"When I talk about what happened, I still shake," said Dillon, now a labor
negotiator for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. It was months
before he could get through a day on the force without the incident being
mentioned.

His partner, Hibbard, was hospitalized and later returned to the force
before quitting. Although she was admitted to the hospital three times in
the weeks after the attack, and suffered blurred vision in her left side and
broken teeth, she refused to discuss the incident with the newspaper.

"It's amazing the absolutely strange thoughts that go through your mind,"
Dillon told the newspaper. "Saito tackled me and drove his shoulder below my
knee. I knew he was trying to snap my leg in half. Then I was pummeled by
Ken Patera. They threw me around like a rag doll."

Another officer who responded to the scene, Wayne Dussault, still bares a
scar on his ear from the incident. In the end, eight officers and two sets
of handcuffs were necessary to control Saito.

Although Saito, now residing in Japan where he continues to work in the
wrestling industry, was unable to be contacted by the newspaper, Patera
angrily responded to the reporter when called for comment.

"What kind of shit are you trying to start?" Patera, now 60 said. "I'm not
in the mood to talk about being railroaded by a sleaze-ball judge and
district attorney, and a bunch of old jurors who took my professional career
and turned it to shit."



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The incident happened on April 6th, 1984. Patera and Saito were convicted on June 6, 1985.



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4/5/84 Watertown, WI
The Crusher beat Mr Saito (sub Jesse Ventura)
Blackjack Mulligan beat Ken Patera dq
Fabulous Ones beat Steve Regal & Larry Zbyszko
Brad Rheingans beat Tom Stone (sub Mr Saito)
Kevin Kelly beat Buck Zumhofe

That's the card from the night before the incident.



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Another newspaper article.

From the Watertown Daily Times http://www.wdtimes.com/articles/2003/12/09/in_times_square/times01.txt,

WRESTLING MELEE RECALLED


It goes back a few years but many of our readers will have a pretty good recollection of a night that started with a wrestling show at Watertown High School and ended up with a melee in Waukesha that put two professional wrestlers under arrest.

We had pretty much forgotten about that incident until a few weeks ago when the Waukesha Freeman carried a large front page story about it and where some of the participants are today.

The story began back on April 5, 1984, when an all-star wrestling card was brought to the Watertown High School gym. Seems to us it was a fund-raiser for one of the local sports groups, possibly the Watertown High School Athletic Booster Club.

There were some pretty big wrestling names from that era on the card. Our readers will remember some of the names: "Rock & Roll Buck Zumhofe," Ken Patera, Mr. Saito, "The Fabulous Ones," "The Crusher" and Jessie "The Body" Ventura, among others.

Well, the matches wound up as expected, wrestlers thrown everywhere and mayhem abounded.

With the match over, the fans left the high school gym and headed for home. The wrestlers headed for home as well. But, two of them, Ken Patera and Masanori Saito headed for Waukesha where they were to spend the night before flying from Waukesha to Stevens Point for another wrestling show.

The trouble began just before midnight, probably an hour or so after they had left Watertown. Patera and Saito, both former Olympic weighlifting contenders, headed to a McDonald's Restaurant on Moorland Boulevard. They became angry when the restaurant wouldn't serve them because it was closing.

Patera threw a 30 pound rock, about the size of a bowling ball, through the restaurant's window, causing about $500 in damages. Patera, who called himself a world-class shot-putter, later denied he threw the rock.

They then left and headed for their hotel. It didn't take long for officers to come rapping at the hotel room door. It was opened by Saito who denied Patera was in the room. Patera then burst from the room or an adjoining room, and attacked a 120-pound female officer. Saito then charged the other officer on the call, a male, and the fight was on. More officers were called to the scene and finally peace was restored but not before the two wrestlers worked on the police much the same as they worked on opponents in the ring.

The two wrestlers faced numerous charges and the trial was a real circus. A number of wrestling stars were called as character witnesses for Patera and Saito. Among them were former world heavyweight wrestling champion Nick Bockwinkel, longtime professional wrestler Vern Gagne and announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund.

After seven days of testimony and seven hours of deliberations, both professional wrestlers were found guilty of battery to police officers. Both were given two year prison sentences and six years of probation. They were out of prison by the end of 1986.

Patera, now 60 and living in Minneapolis, was interviewed for the Freeman story but had no positive comments. He was quoted as saying, "What kind of sh** are you trying to start. I'm not in the mood to talk about being railroaded by a sleaze-ball judge and district attorney and a bunch of old jurors who took my professional career and turned it to shit. They screwed up my life - you get it? They are a bunch of scumbags."

Saito reportedly went back to Japan where he continued his wrestling career.

The female officer, Jacalyn Hibbard, was hospitalized. She returned to the force but resigned a few months later. She declined to comment for the article. Her partner was John Dillan. He said it was years before a single day passed where no one asked him about the incident. He became a detective for the department until resigning in 1999 to take a position as a negotiator for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.

It's been a long time since that incident that was tied to Watertown, and clearly all of the wounds have not healed.

Wrestling was a big business back then but it's even bigger now. Today it's seen regularly on television and Vince McMahon, the head of pro wrestling, has made it into a publicly traded stock company.

We remember back in the days when Turner Hall was the venue to watch wrestling on Friday nights. Back in the 1960s regulars at Turner Hall would be names like Angelo Poffo, Paul Bunyon, the Lisowski Brothers, the Volkhoffs, Dick the Bruiser and others. We also remember "Bouncin' Bess," the most loyal spectator ever. But those days were pretty tame compared to the melee in Waukesha that happened just an hour or so after the Watertown performance ended.

We're sure that if Mr. Saito and Ken Patera could go back to that night, things would have turned out much different.



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Supposedly, Jimmy Snuka beat the living shit out of a bunch of coppers in upstate New York. I even read a report where he killed the police dog with his bare hands. I guess if Vinny can get him out of a murder beef, beating up a few cops was a walk in the park.



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Just for completions sake....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRueuTdcdj4


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From what I've learned since then, the original plan was to turn Patera face not Blackwell. The McDonald's incident changed that.

After Patera left the AWA, he went on a tour of Japan. He then signed with Vince and the WWF.

Saito spent 18 months in the slammer. He was a model prisoner and got out early due to good behavior. Patera had to serve his complete 2 year sentence.

I can bring more info over from OSW if you guys want. Dr Delaware even found pictures of the boulder Patera tossed.



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If Patera had beat that case what were the WWF's plans for him at that point?



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I thought Patera was a legitimate threat at taking the title.  he was not your typical WWF monster, and he seemed to move well in the ring.  The Swinging Neckbreaker was pushed and accepted as a crippling move and feared by his opponents.

Who did he train under?  When did he actually make his first wrestling appearance compared to his entrance into the WWF? 

Like others, I do not think Patera would ever go over well as a face.  He was a guy fit to be a heel, no doubt.

One of the best heels from the 70's.



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amerorig wrote: Just for completions sake....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRueuTdcdj4



Ya know, in all seriousness...

I wonder why Patera didnt see that as an opportunity to tell his side?  Instead of getting all butt-hurt, threatening the interviewer and coming off like a dick, he could have calmly, rationally told his side of things, without accepting blame if he so chose, and then moved on.

All this did was make him look worse.

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Does anybody remember the Patera match against Zbyszko at MSG?  Maybe Claw or somebody else could help with this. 

I just happened to see it because it was one of those WOR-TV segments that used as filler for such things as rain delays and live shows that ended too early or too late.


I remember the cirucmatances being Patera beat Zbyszko legitimately with the Swinging Neckbreaker.  Zbyszko went down, and I believe the ref tested his arm for consciousness and then called the match as a victory for Patera or Zbyszko tapped out. 

The bell rang, and Patera would not let go.  Patera kept grinding it in.  The timekeeper's bell would pause and then start up, again.  Zbyszko's body went limp and finally something occurred and he finally let go.  I am not sure who made the save, but I was wondering if this set up the matches for him against Bruno?

Does anybody have a record of when Patera faced Zbyszko at MSG?  Who did Patera face after that?

 



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The problem with Patera as a face is that people will only care about an Olympian gimmick once every four years.



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Patera, now 60

...and with that article being from 2003, that makes at or near 65.

FUCK does that make me feel old.

 

For the record I don't think Patera turning face instead of Blackwell would have worked nearly as well, but Patera vs. Brody would have been some kind of matchup to see.



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Here's Patera's first match in Japan after the McDonalds incident.

5/11/84 Fukuoka
Hulk Hogan beat Antonio Inoki dq
Andre The Giant beat Ken Patera
Adrian Adonis beat Dick Murdoch beat Seigi Sakaguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu
John Quinn & Otto Wanz dcor Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi
Riki Choshu & Masa Saito beat Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami
Masked Superstar dcor John Studd



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