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Del ‘The Patriot’ Wilkes discusses working under Verne Gagne, Vince McMahon, competing for in Japan and the evolution of The Patriot

Former WWE and WCW star Del Wilkes (who wrestled as The Patriot) recently took some time to participate in an interview with me. Wilkes discusses his life while he was in the business, life after the business and how wrestling has helped provide a new outlook for the future. Check out excerpts of the interview below and his inspirational story could be found here.

Training under Verne Gagne:

Now when I get to Verne (Gagne) and I was able to get around more seasoned people and under the tutelage of guys like Wahoo (McDaniel) guys like Verne, Greg (Gagne), Brad Rheigans it was a step beyond what I learned in Moolah’s. I was at a point where they were able to teach me the importance of selling, of a fiery comeback from a babyface, that emotion and learning the psychology of the business of the things that I did that not learn in Moolah’s. It was obviously greatly advanced from what I had learned from Moolah and those guys she had over there training me. Still it was very important in the building of my career.

Working for Vince McMahon:

It put me in an angle and in a program with their top guy, their top heel. So timing was good for me. But again timing was good only to a certain extent. It was good that I was put in the middle of that program working on top with Bret but from a physical standpoint my career was rapidly coming to an end because of some major injuries I had sustained and wasn’t able to make it last long because my body just gave out on me shortly after being there. It didn’t happen all of a sudden. These injuries were something that I had been fighting with a couple of years prior to getting to the WWF. I knew when I had signed that I would probably be there for a short time because my body was rapidly failing me.

You can read the full interview here.

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