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The Patriot

The Patriot

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :December 21, 1961
Height :6 feet 5 inches
Weight :125 kg

The Patriot was an American professional wrestler and college football player, better known by his ring names, The Trooper and The Patriot. Throughout his ten-year career, Wilkes wrestled for the American Wrestling Association, the Global Wrestling Federation, All Japan Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation.

QUICK FACTS

Birth nameDel Wilkes
BornDecember 21, 1961
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedJune 30, 2021 (aged 59)
Newberry, South Carolina, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Del Wilkes
The Patriot
The Trooper
Billed height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Billed weight275 lb (125 kg)

The Patriot Biography, EarlyLife

The Patriot was born on December 21, 1961, in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. He has not yet revealed anything about his family and early life in the media.

The Patriot Education

His educational history is not published because he has not yet given it to the public. However, this detailed information is currently being reviewed and will be updated soon.

The Patriot’s Height, And Weight

The Wrestler has an athletic body standing at the perfect height of 6 feet 5 inches and weighs around 125 kg.

The Patriot also has an athletic body type. He has a well-kept figure, but measures such as biceps size, hip size, waist size, shoe size, and so on are currently unavailable. His eyes are dark brown, and his hair is black. He has a healthy and well-balanced physique.

Career

Del Wilkes, who from 1980–84 played College Football at South Carolina, started in the American Wrestling Association in 1988 under his real name for a year, before wrestling under the ring name “The Trooper.” He wrote his opponents tickets after beating them as part of his police gimmick and would also hand out plastic police badges to the fans as he came to and from the ring. The Trooper won the AWA World Tag Team Championship with D.J. Peterson on August 11, 1990, at the final AWA television taping.

Peterson and Trooper would turn out to be the last AWA World Tag Team Champions. In January 1991, Pro Wrestling Illustrated and its sister publications withdrew recognition of the AWA’s World Championship status but continued to recognize Trooper and Peterson as incumbent “AWA Tag Team Champions” until the promotion finally closed later that year. Alongside Paul Diamond, Wilkes also headlined the AWA’s near-annual Supercard/former PPV, Superclash 4. In a cage match, they were victorious over the Destruction Crew, Wayne Bloom, and Mike Enos.

On June 30, 1997, he was defeated by Rockabilly before a television taping in Des Moines, Iowa. His TV debut came two weeks later on the July 14, 1997, episode of Raw is War, and he would go on to feud with Bret Hart. The premise of this feud was that Hart had just started his anti-American Hart Foundation, and the Patriot was, as the name implied, a man who stood up for the United States of America. He wore a mask with American stars and stripes and carried the U.S. flag (using a patriotic entry theme that would casually be used for the wrestler Kurt Angle a few years later). He defeated Hart on television in a match on July 28, 1997, after interference from Shawn Michaels. 

On August 11, 1997, Patriot teamed with Ken Shamrock to wrestle the team of The British Bulldog and Owen Hart, The Patriot pinned The British Bulldog for the win. Wilkes went on to challenge Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at Ground Zero: In Your House where Hart forced him to submit with the Sharpshooter. At One Night Only, Wilkes defeated Flash Funk. At Badd Blood: In Your House, Wilkes teamed with Vader against the Hart Foundation’s Bret Hart and The British Bulldog but lost the match. 

Following Badd Blood, Patriot was scheduled to team with Vader, Goldust, and Marc Mero as part of Team USA at Survivor Series 1997 but suffered a torn triceps weeks earlier and was replaced by Steve Blackman. Wilkes competed in his final televised WWF match on the November 1, 1997, episode of WWF Shotgun Saturday Night (taped on October 21) where he lost to Jim Neidhart by disqualification. He was released in early 1998.

The Patriot’s Net Worth

The Net worth of The Patriot is still yet to be revealed. His salary is under review.

The Patriot’s Girlfriend, Dating

The Patriot retired from the WWF due to a torn triceps. Wilkes has admitted to using steroids and cocaine throughout his career, beginning with his collegiate football days. In 2002, he was sentenced to nine months in prison for faking a prescription due to his painkiller addiction. Wilkes has now stopped using narcotics and now works as a car salesman at Dick Smith Nissan in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife, Cathy.

Wilkes spoke with WACH reporter Justin Kier on July 25, 2007, about his career, steroid use, the Chris Benoit tragedy, and other things. Kier’s final two questions were bidding goodbye to the fans and advising aspiring wrestlers. Wilkes challenged the next generation of wrestlers to “learn from our mistakes.” He claimed that 50 persons he formerly worked with in the wrestling industry are now deceased.

The Patriot Awards

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • All Asia Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Eagle
  • January 2 Korakuen Hall Heavyweight Battle Royal (1996) 
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1991) 
  • PWI ranked him #55 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991 
  • PWI ranked him #208 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the “PWI Years” in 2003

FAQ

What is the net worth of The Patriot?

His net worth is 1 to 5 million dollars.

What is the height of The Patriot?

His height is 6 feet 5 inches.

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