RIP Mean Gene. A massive part of my WWF fix late on a Thursday night in the 80's. I still get a laugh thinking about the Iron Sheik saying 'listen, Gene Mean......'.
rip Mean Gene
Didn't one of the background interview sets fall on him years ago, prompting him to drop the magic on camera?
That would be the infamous Summerslam 89 "F*ck It!" just as he was about to interview Rude and Heenan!
How many amazing promos started off with the man's name? Whether it was Hogan or Flair, Mean Gene played host to the biggest stars the industry has seen and elevated all of them with his presence. While he quickly garnered a reputation as a sleazy salesman with his hotlines, I felt Mean Gene gave WCW that gravitas it needed and helped a lot of the younger talent like Jericho and Eddie find their way on the mic.
One of my favourite developments was seeing Mean Gene host the Vintage Collection on Sundays. He was a fantastic curator and his presence gave the show that retro feeling it desperately needed. Of all the backstage robots they've brought through, the only one with any personality happens to be the one who worked alongside Gene on Vintage Collection - Renee Young.
I literally went “Oh No” when I just read the news on Twitter.
Gene was outstanding. His ability to use subtle humour to goad a wrestler was awesome. Later on he was less tolerant and it was funny to see him on Nitro say things like “in English pal” when Juventud cut a promo in Espanol, and a few times when he goes “get out of the way of the camera” or “cameras over there pal”...
Rest In Peace Gene. The voice of not only a generation, but frankly imo the voice of sports entertainment
Yeah heard about that. He was a slightly bigger luchadore, and came in after Rey and Juvi had come in so early 1997.
Seemed to be slightly better than the other luchadores in selling but was still agile enough to spot monkey it up in a Lucha 6 man tag too.
RIP Silver King
Good lord. I’ve just seen the video.
Juventud Guerrera and the referee should be ashamed. The referee should be charged with criminal negligence.
Silver King collapses to the mat. To me it looks like he’s booked to win. He’s not responding, so eventually after Juventud has kicked him a couple of times and taunting him, he rolls him over and hooks the leg. The ref pauses at 2 and slow counts to 3. Even after that and he’s not moving Juvi goes to the ring post to pose and the referee goes to raise his arm.
Get the man some friggen help. That is utterly disgraceful stuff.
Rest In Peace Silver King
Retire Juventud you disgrace