Intercontinental Title Tournament Finally Uncovered

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April 01, 2013

After the first round had concluded, Greg Valentine defeated Dominic DeNucci in a non-tournament match that would also occur later that month at Madison Square Garden with the same result. Following the bout, Johnny Rodz met Ted DiBiase to determine who would advance to battle Pat Patterson, who had received a bye to the tournament final as a result of The Great Hussein Arab–Mr. X double count-out.

And this is where things seemed to have gotten interesting.

Patterson likely knew that DiBiase was hoping for an encounter with the man who defeated him for the North American Championship. And the Montreal native didn’t want any part of his bitter rival in a high-stakes match in the final. According to the archives we uncovered combined with Patterson’s well-known reputation, it is likely that the shrewd villain inserted himself into the contest. While there’s no confirmation, the referee’s back must’ve been turned as Patterson nailed his foe with a signature set of brass knucks, allowing Rodz to pin DiBiase for the victory.

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