WWE Hall Of Famer Rocky Johnson passed away on January 15 at the age of 75. He enjoyed great success in his wrestling career, challenging for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship in the 1970s and he won the WWE Tag Team titles with Tony Atlas in 1983.
Johnson was laid to rest on Tuesday, as friends and family from across the wrestling world celebrated his life. However, according to Superstar Billy Graham and Devon Nicholson at The Hannibal TV, Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson acted inappropriately throughout the service.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Graham wrote that his mother-in-law told him Patterson called Johnson a “m**********r” and went on a rant in which he called Rocky “worthless” during his speech. He also penned that McMahon did his billionaire strut to and from the podium during his own speech.
The former WWWF Heavyweight champion wrote: “Out of nowhere Patterson goes into this rant and called Rocky Johnson, laying dead in the casket right below him, a m**********r and started this vulgar rant about how worthless Rocky was and a bunch of guys had to drag Patterson off the church platform and sit him down.”
Devon Nicholson also reported on his YouTube channel that he had spoken to Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Al Rosen, who both attended the funeral. In a statement Smith gave Nicholson, he confirmed Graham’s previous post was accurate and that he believes both McMahon and Patterson may have been drunk. The WWE producer also allegedly had his microphone cut off because his speech was so long and his ending line was him describing how he was inebriated the night before and ended up drinking water out of his toilet.
Despite their antics, Al Rosen, who is a friend of the Johnson family, confirmed they were not offended by McMahon’s actions as “they know he is that type of character anyway.”
For the avoidance of doubt, Nicholson said: “He (Davey Boy Smith Jr.) says, ‘I think Vince and Pat were both really strange or they were drunk or they were a bit of both probably. Pat’s microphone got cut off because he was talking for so long at the funeral. Pat’s final ending line was, ‘Last night, you know I was drunk and I was drinking water, or what I thought was in the sink and then the toilet seat fell on my head.’ Vince said, quote, ‘Rocky Johnson was a great wrestler but the greatest thing he ever did was marry Ata and Ata had some kids.’ Then he walked out of the building. Vince strutted on and off the stage like he was cutting a promo.”
He later added: “He (Al Rosen) told me no one in the family was offended by Vince’s behaviour…Yes, he strutted on and off but Vince is that type of character anyway.”