Pat Anderson (wrestler)

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Birth namePat Connors
BornMarch 1, 1955
Virginia, United States
ResidenceWanchese, North Carolina, United States
Spouse(s)Married
Children1
FamilyAnderson family
Professional wrestling career
Billed height5'10"
Billed weight235
Billed fromMinneapolis, Minnesota
Trained byIvan Koloff
RetiredSeptember 11, 2005

Pat Connors, (born March 1, 1955) better known by the ring name Pat Anderson, is a retired American professional wrestler. Connors was a multiple time tag team champion across many wrestling organizations with tag partner and fellow Anderson family member C.W. Anderson.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Pat Connors was trained by Ivan Koloff.[1]

Becoming an Anderson

Connors wanted to wrestle as an Anderson and his trainer Ivan Koloff agreed that he should. Koloff contacted Rocky Anderson (wrestler) who was the head trainer at Gene Anderson's gym and also an Anderson family member. Koloff told Rocky that he had a guy who looked and wrestled like an Anderson. Rocky came to an event Connors was working in Monroe, North Carolina and liked what he saw. Connors was given permission to use the Anderson gimmick by Rocky with the blessings of Gene Anderson. Afterwards, Connors began working as a tag team with Rocky for a brief time.[2][3][4]

Carolina Championship Wrestling Association (1993 - 1995)

Meeting C.W. Anderson

During an event for Carolina Championship Wrestling Alliance (CCWA), Connors was watching C.W. Anderson's match and was impressed. C.W. Anderson was working under a mask as El Chico at the time. Connors went to the Glossary of professional wrestling terms booker of CCWA, Jim Massingale, and asked him if he would put C.W. and himself together as a tag team. Connors already had the match lined up before he ever approached C.W. Anderson. Connors introduced himself to C.W. and the two talked for a while, Connors offered C.W. the tag team work and he accepted. Connors contacted Rocky Anderson and asked for permission to make C.W. an Anderson. Rocky told Connors to use his judgement and C.W. became an Anderson. Connors and C.W. Anderson wrestled as cousins of the Anderson family. During their time as a tag team Connors and C.W. won tag team championship titles in 9 different wrestling promotions including the NWA World Tag Team Championship titles. They also held the Carolina Championship Wrestling Association (CCWA), Continental Wrestling Alliance (CWA) and Southern Wrestling Association (SWA) Tag Team Championship titles at the same time in 1994.[2][3][4]

During his time with Carolina Championship Wrestling Association(CCWA) Anderson and C.W. Anderson won the CCWA Tag Team Championship titles 3 times.[5][6]

Southern Championship Wrestling (1994 - 1998)

Anderson performed for Southern Championship Wrestling between 1994 and 1998. During this time, Anderson, teaming with C.W. Anderson won the SCW Tag Team Championship titles 2 times. The first title win happened on June 15, 1996 when Anderson and C.W. Anderson defeated David Donnelly and Jimmy Torture. The second title win happened on January 17, 1998 when Anderson and C.W. Anderson defeated Christian York and Cueball Carmichael.[7][8]

National Wrestling Alliance (1996 - 1997)

During his time with National Wrestling Alliance Anderson and C.W. Anderson were managed by List of professional wrestling managers and valets Territory-era (1940s–1980s).[9]

Anderson and C.W. Anderson win the National Wrestling Alliance NWA World Tag Team Championship titles on September 14, 1996 after defeating Bobby Fulton and Jackie Fulton.[10][11] Their reign lasted until August 1997 when the titles were vacated.[12][13][14]

In 1996, Anderson trained aspiring professional wrestler Preston Quinn.[15][16]

NWA 2000 (1997 - 1998)

Anderson started performing for National Wrestling Alliance 2000 in 1997.[7] On February 6, 1998, Anderson and C.W. Anderson defeated Big Slam and Slash Walker to win the vacant NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship titles.[17]

Vanguard Championship Wrestling (2005)

Anderson, who had already retired in 1999 after he broke his back, performed in his last match working for Virginia Championship Wrestling in 2005 once again teaming with C.W. Anderson.[7]

Personal life

Although he was billed as such at various times, Connors is not actually related to Gene Anderson, Ole Anderson, Bryant Anderson, Rocky Anderson, C.W. Anderson or any other members of the Anderson family.[3][4]

Championships and accomplishments

  • Carolina Championship Wrestling Association
    • CCWA Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with C.W. Anderson[5]
  • Continental Wrestling Alliance
    • CWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with C.W. Anderson[5]
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with C.W. Anderson
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with C.W. Anderson[18]
  • Southern Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with C.W. Anderson
  • Southern Wrestling Association
    • SWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with C.W. Anderson[5]

References

  1. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bryant Anderson « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Genetically Superior: The Story of the Anderson Family". April 30, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Colt Cabana's "Art of Wrestling" 289 - C.W. Anderson Interview (Feb. 18, 2016) - PWPodcasts". February 19, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  6. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Matches « Pat Anderson « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  8. "Solie's Title Histories: SCW - SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING".
  9. "The Real Pro Wrestling Unplugged - Home".
  10. "C.W. Anderson - OWW".
  11. "WWE News: Former Superstar Announces Retirement From Pro Wrestling - The Inquisitr". June 21, 2020.
  12. "NWA World Tag Team Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  13. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database".
  14. "Solie's Title Histories: NWA NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE".
  15. "Preston Quinn « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  16. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database".
  17. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database".
  18. Harris M. Lentz III (2003). Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4766-0505-0.

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