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Pat Barrett

Name: - Pat Barrett

Born: - March 11, 1941

From: - Dublin, Ireland

Debut: - 1958

Retired: - 1985

Died : - November 28, 2021

Finisher: - Shillelagh Twist

Also known as: - Irish Pat Barrett, Paddy Barrett, Mr Wrestling, Bonecrusher Barrett

Toured Australia: - 1974


Debuted in his native Ireland in 1958, became a breakout star in England by 1960 before touring Europe. Wrestled in North America from 1963, frequently returning home to the UK for spot appearances. Became a household name in Canada due to his teaming with fellow Irishman Tim Geohagen. Held the Canadian Tag title in Vancouver with Geohagen on two occasions in 1965-66, and again with Don Leo Jonathan in 1968. 

Toured Australia in 1974, initially wearing a mask as "Mr Wrestling". Teamed withTony Kontellis to win the tournament for the vacant Austro-Asian Tag titles. They held the titles for two weeks before dropping them to Bobby Shane & The Original Mr Wrestling (George Barnes). 

Ventured to New York in 1975, unsuccessfully challenging Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World title. Was chosen by Dominic de Nucci to replace the recently-departed Victor Rivera as his partner to hold the WWWF Tag titles. They dropped the titles in May to the Blackjacks (Lanza & Mulligan). Moved to Tennessee, where he teamed with Norvell Austin to win the Southern Tag titles in 1977. Ventured to Los Angeles in 1979, winning the Americas Hwt title from Bull Ramos.

Toured New Zealand in 1979-81, winning the World Junior Hwt title. Returned to Ireland in 1981, eventually retiring in 1985 to train wrestlers. 

Titles held: - Americas Hwt, Pacific World Jr Hwt, Irish Hwt, Pacific Area Hwt, WWWF World Tag (w/ Dominic de Nucci), Austro-Asian Tag (w/ Tony Kontellis), Southern Tag (2, w/ Norvell Austin), Canadian Tag (3, [2] w/ Tim Geohagen, [1] w/ Don Leo Jonathan). 

Pat Barrett & Dominic de Nucci v The Blackjacks, WWWF 1975

Credits: - Mark Dalgleish, Wrestling Heritage, Wikipedia, Wrestling Title Histories