The Rock Honors Pat Patterson, Vince McMahon Congratulates Batista, More

– In addition to The Undertaker and The Rock, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon took to social media for the third time in one day on Thursday to send congratulations to former WWE Champion Batista on the success of the new James Bond “007: Spectre” film, which co-stars Batista as the character “Mr. Hinx.” You can check out McMahon’s comments via the following tweet:

– The Rock posted a “Throwback Thursday (TBT)” photo and blog on his official Instagram account on Thursday honoring WWE Hall Of Famer Pat Patterson. The Rock wrote the following, which was accompanied by the below photo of the two talking together backstage at a past WWE event.

“#TBT 2013 becoming #WWE Heavyweight Champion for the 8th time. First person to congratulate me backstage was WWE Hall of Famer and close family friend Pat Patterson – one of the greatest mentors I’ve ever had in the world of sports entertainment.

At 23yrs old I called Pat and told him I was training to get into the business. He said “What business?”. I said “the wrestling business”. He said with great clarity, “Why the f–k would you want to do that?”. He eventually agreed to come watch one of my ring workouts in Tampa, and after the session I said “Do you think I have what it takes?”. He simply said “Just keep working”. He immediately went home and called Vince McMahon and said “Vince you gotta see this kid, I think he can be great one day”. One week later I had my very first tryout match for the WWE in Corpus Christi, TX in front of 15,000 people.

Pat has been instrumental in creating some of the greatest storylines (Rock vs Austin, Rock vs HHH) and matches of my entire career and I’m forever grateful for his guidance and knowledge. He’s also responsible for dropping the greatest lines ever… in this picture he literally said “My God Rock when you won the title tonight the people went f–kING BANANA!” For some reason he always forgets the “s”. #PatPatterson #Legend #Mentor #Grateful”

#TBT 2013 becoming #WWE Heavyweight Champion for the 8th time. First person to congratulate me backstage was WWE Hall of Famer and close family friend Pat Patterson – one of the greatest mentors I've ever had in the world of sports entertainment. At 23yrs old I called Pat and told him I was training to get into the business. He said "What business?". I said "the wrestling business". He said with great clarity, "Why the fuck would you want to do that?". He eventually agreed to come watch one of my ring workouts in Tampa, and after the session I said "Do you think I have what it takes?". He simply said "Just keep working". He immediately went home and called Vince McMahon and said "Vince you gotta see this kid, I think he can be great one day". One week later I had my very first tryout match for the WWE in Corpus Christi, TX in front of 15,000 people. Pat has been instrumental in creating some of the greatest storylines (Rock vs Austin, Rock vs HHH) and matches of my entire career and I'm forever grateful for his guidance and knowledge. He's also responsible for dropping the greatest lines ever… in this picture he literally said "My God Rock when you won the title tonight the people went FUCKING BANANA!" For some reason he always forgets the "s". #PatPatterson #Legend #Mentor #Grateful

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