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Del Wilkes

Del Wilkes is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, The Patriot. Over the course of his nine 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. On June 30, 1997 he defeated Rockabilly at a Raw is War event in Des Moines, Iowa. His TV debut came two weeks later on the July 14, 1997 episode of Raw and feuded 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 America. He wore a mask with American stars and stripes and carried the American flag. He defeated Hart on television in a match on July 28, 1997 after interference from Shawn Michaels. 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 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, he was replaced by Steve Blackman. He was released in early 1998. Persoal life After leaving the WWF, Wilkes retired due to a torn triceps. Since leaving the business, Wilkes admitted that he had used anabolic steroids and cocaine during his career, starting with his college football days. He spent nine months in prison in 2002 for forging a prescription due to his addiction to painkillers. Wilkes has since quit drugs and as of July 2007, Wilkes resides in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Cathy and works at Dick Smith Nissan as a car salesman. In a July 25, 2007 interview with WACH reporter Justin Kier, Wilkes discussed his career, steroid use, the Chris Benoit tragedy, and various other topics. Kier's last two questions involved saying goodbye to the fans and giving advice to youngsters in the wrestling business. Wilkes urged young wrestlers to "learn from our mistakes." He said that fifty people who he once worked with in the wrestling business are now dead. Wilkes has appeared on episodes #232 and #278 of The Steve Austin Show podcast. In 2015, his documentary Behind The Mask was released on DVD.

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Dec 21, 1961 In Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie AWA SuperClash IV 1990-04-08
Latest Project:
Movie Bret Hart: The Dungeon Collection 2013-03-19
Known For
Poster of WWE One Night Only
Poster of WWE Ground Zero: In Your House
Poster of WCW Fall Brawl 1994
Poster of AWA SuperClash IV
Movie Bret Hart: The Dungeon Collection The Patriot 2013-03-19
Movie WWE Ground Zero: In Your House The Patriot 1997-09-07
Movie WWE One Night Only The Patriot 1997-09-20
Movie WWE Badd Blood: In Your House The Patriot 1997-10-05
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXX The Patriot 1995-01-25
Movie WCW Fall Brawl 1994 The Patriot 1994-09-18
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXIX The Patriot 1994-11-16
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc 1994 The Patriot 1994-10-23
Series WWE Raw The Patriot 1993-01-11
Movie AJPW October Giant Series 1992 - Day 17 The Patriot 1992-10-21
Movie AWA SuperClash IV The Trooper 1990-04-08