See this picture? Standing tall among the Val Venis, Ahmed Johnson and TAKA Michinoku BendEms on my shelf is none other The Patriot, a star-spangled masked man who harkened back to a simpler time in wrestling when good triumphed over evil.
I’m certainly not the world‘s biggest Patriot fan, but I do remember reading about him in the Apter Mags during his Global Wrestling Federation days. By the time he arrived in WCW and began teaming with Marcus Alexander Bagwell, I already knew all about the guy and of course, definitely remember his sudden ascent in the WWF, where he was thrust into a feud with World Champion Bret Hart. I also remember WWF Magazine profiling him without the mask - which seemed very taboo at the time.
Rest In Peace, Patriot