In my humble opinion, there are very few “icons” of professional wrestling. The term is used a little too loosely and only an elite few can truly be labeled “icons” of the professional wrestling industry.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund is certainly one of them.
I was born in 1991 and missed Okerlund’s prime. I knew him as the interviewer for WCW and, later, as the host of WWE Confidential. It was until years later when I broke out of the WWE bubble and expanded my professional wrestling viewing and was introduced to the brilliance that was Mean Gene.
Okerlund was always a bright-spot of those mid-to-late 80s WWF broadcasts. He was someone who demanded attention and respect — and he was particularly great with Hulk Hogan. Hell, you don’t have to be a mega fan of pro wrestling to have heard “Well let me tell ya somethin’, Mean Gene!”
I was fortunate enough to meet a couple of old times and he always incredibly nice. I observed him at the hotel bar the night before a couple of Big Event conventions and I was amazed how everyone gravitated towards him. All the wrestlers wanted to have a drink with Mean Gene.
Rest in peace, Mean Gene. Thanks for the memories.
We’ve reached the end of my year end review and, I have to say, I’m a little disappointed over some relatively quiet months that I had – though I did manage to meet two of the biggest stars in pro wrestling in back to back months. Check it out:
Part 3 of our series covers the months of July – September…and I did absolutely nothing the first and last months covered in this post. Bummer!
However, I had a pretty fun August – thanks to Summerslam weekend. Check it out.
Another month that was absolutely dry for me. Boo. But can August make up for it…?
The answer to the question above: Yeah. Actually, oh hell yeah!
August started with another Wrestling Universe signing! Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Melina stopped by the wrestling haven and both could not have been any nicer!
Highlights include: I made a comment that Arn Anderson probably has the worst autograph. Smith immediately went into a hilarious impression of Double A that had Melina and I dying of laughter. Smith and I took two photo ops: a normal photo op and one where he’s doing the 4 Horsemen sign in honor of Double A!
Yesterday, I took a look back at who I met from January – March and, today, I’ll take a look back at April – June. This was a particularly fun stretch that featured a Day of Extreme and yet another successful Legends of the Ring! Enjoy and please feel free to drop comments!