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** WWF: Semi-regularly, with Big John Studd. Their most famous match was against AndreTheGiant, where they beat Andre unconscious and then cut his hair.

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** WWF: Semi-regularly, with Big John Studd. Their most famous match was against AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, where they beat Andre unconscious and then cut his hair.


* BlondGuysAreEvil: In the early 1980s.


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* TagTeam: Both in the AWA.
** The Sheiks, with Jerry "The Crusher" Blackwell
** The Olympians, with Brad Rheingans.

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Both in the AWA.
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Blackwell; and later The Olympians, with Brad Rheingans.Rheingans.
** WWF: Semi-regularly, with Big John Studd. Their most famous match was against AndreTheGiant, where they beat Andre unconscious and then cut his hair.

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** HeelFaceTurn: Shortly after Patera finished his two-year prison term, he was rehired by the WWF and agreed to become a babyface who had atoned for his ways and -- most importantly -- that Wrestling/BobbyHeenan had abandoned him and in fact all but became estranged from him while in prison. Following a series of vignettes which chronicled Patera's life -- a mix of real-life (such as his Olympic and weightlifting career, and what led him to prison) and kayfabe (his storylines, including Heenan abandoning him) -- that aired on national television, the storyline advanced to Heenan growing disgusted with fans embracing a "criminal" and demanded to confront him on television. Patera obliged, and after Heenan viciously insulted him, Patera had enough and beat Heenan to a pulp. Patera naturally began feuding with the Heenan Family and even got a few shots at his old Intercontinental Championship (by now, held by the Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan), but a legit injury ended his push, and he soon reverted to mid-card status.


'''Ken Patera''' (b. 1943) is a retired American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and Olympic weightlifter who is best known for his work for Wrestling/{{WWE}} and [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] in the 1970s and 1980s. He debuted in 1973 and would compete for a variety of territories. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mo/mo-h.html NWA Missouri Heavyweight Champion]]. In 1980, ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'' named the Texas Death Match he had with Wrestling/BobBacklund on May 19th "Match of the Year."

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'''Ken Patera''' (b. 1943) is a retired American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and Olympic weightlifter from UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon who is best known for his work for Wrestling/{{WWE}} and [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] in the 1970s and 1980s. He debuted in 1973 and would compete for a variety of territories. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mo/mo-h.html NWA Missouri Heavyweight Champion]]. In 1980, ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'' named the Texas Death Match he had with Wrestling/BobBacklund on May 19th "Match of the Year."



* BearHug

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* BearHugArchEnemy: Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Bobby Heenan
* BlondGuysAreEvil: In the early 1980s.



* FinishingMove: Swinging Full-Nelson Neckbreaker

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* FinishingMove: Swinging Full-Nelson NeckbreakerNeckbreaker, BearHug



** JerkJock

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** JerkJockJerkJock: An excellent athlete who was an arrogant heel.



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* HotbloodedSideburnsHotbloodedSideburns: In his early days.

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As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Patera The Other Wiki]].


* [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing A Flag As A Wrestling Attire]]

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* [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing A Flag As A Wrestling Attire]]Attire]]
* WrestlingFamily: His daughter Heather, who also competes under the name Miss Natural, and is a 6x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/centralstates/wlw/wlw-wm.html WLW Women's Champion]] under that name.

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* AllAmericanFace: As a member of the Olympians with Brad Rheingans.

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'''Ken Patera''' (b. 1943) is a retired American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and Olympic weightlifter who is best known for his work for Wrestling/{{WWE}} and [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation the AWA]] in the 1970s and 1980s. He debuted in 1973 and would compete for a variety of territories. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mo/mo-h.html NWA Missouri Heavyweight Champion]]. In 1980, ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'' named the Texas Death Match he had with Wrestling/BobBacklund on May 19th "Match of the Year."

!!! "Olympic Strongman Tropes":
* BearHug
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: To say the least. He was a four-time champion at the U.S. National Weightlifting Championships, came in third in the 1977 World's Strongest Man Competition, and won gold at the Pan-American Games in 1971.
* FinishingMove: Swinging Full-Nelson Neckbreaker
* {{Heel}}: ''Pro Wrestling Illustrated'' named him "Most Hated Wrestler" in 1977 and 1981.
** JerkJock
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He had his first significant feud, against Johnny Valentine in Mid-Atlantic, as a face. He turned heel and was very successful in that role. He went face in 1987 WWE.
* HotbloodedSideburns
* LeotardOfPower
* LightningBruiser
* PowerStable:
** (in the AWA): The Shiek's (Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie)'s Army
*** (in the AWA and WWE): [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan The Heenan Family]])
** (in NWA Mid-Atlantic): [[Wrestling/BuddyRogers Buddy Rogers' Army]]
* RedBaron: "WorldsStrongestMan"
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TagTeam: Both in the AWA.
** The Sheiks, with Jerry "The Crusher" Blackwell
** The Olympians, with Brad Rheingans.
* UrExample: Paved the way for other Olympians (i.e. Wrestling/MarkHenry and Wrestling/KurtAngle) to come into Pro-Wrestling.
* [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing A Flag As A Wrestling Attire]]

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