Tony Schiavone Recalls Traveling Early In His Wrestling Career With Vince McMahon & Pat Patterson

AEW |By Matt Boone |Tue, January 12, 2021 - 12:02PM EST
Tony Schiavone

Tony Schiavone reflected on his days with WWE during a recent installment of his "What Happened When" podcast.

During the program, the AEW commentator and host spoke about traveling the road with Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson back in the day.

Featured below is an excerpt from the show where Schiavone shares some of his memories of traveling with the longtime behind-the-scenes brass at WWE.

I don’t know if he gave me any advice, but when I interviewed with Vince McMahon in 1990 at Vince’s house, Pat was there, and I got to know Pat. I was very fortunate in that one year I worked with Vince. I traveled on Vince’s private plane to television, and also on the road between towns. We would go out and do Superstars one night and Challenge the next, and so we would fly into one town, do Superstars, drive to another town, do Challenge and then fly back.

And I would ride in the car with Vince, and Pat, and Bruce Prichard Kevin Dunn, and I got to know Pat. He had a great sense of humor, and he was always thinking about the business. Even when a bunch of us were cutting up in the car, he was always somewhere else, and he would turn to Vince. ‘Hey, I got an idea about the finish of that match.’ So I knew that he was thinking about wrestling more than any of us were thinking about wrestling all the time, and he was also very funny about his sexuality. We’re talking ’89. He wrestled in an era where you had to keep it quiet.

I’ve said a lot of bad things on other podcasts about the people of the WWE, but this is one thing I can say about Vince and the company back then. They did not care about Pat’s sexuality. They did not care that Pat was gay, and they accepted him for it, thus Pat was very relaxed with us about talking about it and making jokes. We all got along, and I just thought that was so cool that we could accept him and we all loved him and could travel with him.

Check out more from the What Happened When podcast below.

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