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    Posted: 02/January/2019 at 22:04
The voice of a generation growing up as the interviewer of Hulk Hogan in WWF and later as called Scheme Gene by the NWO in the most iconic wrestling interview of all time, when Hogan turned heel at Bash At The Beach.

Worked to the very end too only recently just done another meet n greet on the circuit and his narating for the E network.

His greatest achievement in life being married for 54 years. That's amazing in any life, nevermind with the lifestyle of the wrestling business. His poor wife.
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A great interviewer and an even greater personality he will be missed by all.
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I'll always remember Mean Gene for his interviews with Savage.

Here's a video I put together for Randy Savage a number of years ago. It's amazing how many people have commented about Mean Gene over time. IMO he's simply the best interview WWE has ever had.


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WWE proving once again that they know how to use Hulk Hogan better than anyone. That was a good tribute to "Mean" Gene, and Hogan did well for his part. Plus there's nothing quite like seeing Hogan coming out in the yellow & red to Real American.

I realized watching this tribute segment how much apart of my childhood "Mean" Gene really was. For some reason I always thought of him more as a backstage interviewer for WWE and that he did the job for a long time, blah blah blah, but it never quite struck home how all that time was basically in the 80s and early 90s and how he was really just a part of THAT particular era. 

Granted he did the same for the WCW too, but by the time the Monday Night Wars got going "Mean" Gene had taken a step back there too. He got an interview here and there with guys like DDP & Goldberg, but they weren't the memorable moments they were in previous years.

Anyway. Good use of the Hulkster, it was good to see him in this capacity, and it was a fitting way to pay tribute to "Mean" Gene.
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Quote Hulk Hogan's music hits and The Hulkster makes his way out to the stage and down to the ring. Hogan gets in the ring, and starts off with "let me tell you something brother." Then he takes off his sunglasses and says he came out in character because that's how Gene would have wanted it, but he wants get serious and talks about Gene. Hogan says Gene wanted to be entertaining more than anything else he ever did, and then Hogan introduces a video package looking at some of Okerlund's greatest moments. Back to Hulk in the ring, he says Gene was one of a kind. Hogan says he can truly speak for all of the WWE Universe when he says Mean Gene we love you. Hogan says Gene still lives in his heart, and the crowd chants "thank you Mean Gene." Hogan asks the fans if they want to hear it one more time - and Hogan breaks into "well let me tell you something Mean Gene, you're up there and all the angels are singing Tutti Frutti on those white clouds. I know you're putting the greatest tag match together up there brother, the tag match between Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior vs. Roddy Piper and Mr Perfect, and I know Andre the Giant is the special referee brother. And I also know you're probably breaking up a fight between your close personal friends Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan." Hulk says he hears Gene "clanging and banging those weights, but you don't have to get so swole brother because the only choices up there are Mae Young and Moolah." Hogan finishes with one more question - what are you going to do when Mean Gene O Mania runs wild on you, brother. Hulk poses in the ring and we see a close-up shot of Mean Gene's photo on the big screen.

Hogan did a good job and for once didn't try and steal the spotlight by making it all about him, even when it's not suppose to be.
 
The video package was nice and long, showing lots of funny moments. So glad they showed his HOF speech part about critics kissing his ass.
 
That bit was the part that got me the most. I can imagine all that happening and just showed up how much larger than life characters aren't around the same as they were back then.
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