Intercontinental Title Tournament Finally Uncovered

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April 01, 2013

In the opening round contest, Pat Patterson faced off with fellow Montreal native Butcher Vachon (see photo above). The younger brother of the savage Mad Dog Vachon, Butcher was in the twilight of his career in 1979. The multi-time tag team champion traveled to Brazil looking to add a singles title to his resume. But Patterson, the reigning North American Champion, was in his prime and defeated the younger of the two Vachon brothers. The scheming blond advanced to the semi-finals and retained the North American Title in the process.

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In the second first round matchup, Patterson’s rival Ted DiBiase stepped into the ring against the monstrous Moose Monroe. DiBiase, years before his million-dollar inheritance, had entered WWE that year as the first North American Champion and almost immediately engaged in a bitter rivalry with Patterson. By the time the tournament had rolled around, the rookie had lost the title to his adversary and was likely hoping to gain a measure of retribution in South America. DiBiase defeated the beastly Moose Monroe to advance to the tournament’s semi-finals.

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