Aftermath hosts Arda Ocal and Jimmy Korderas interviewed “Mean Gene Okerlund on the Score on January 16, 2012. They start the show by putting over Wrestle Reunion which is happening in Toronto in mid April. Ocal lists guests for the event such as Bruno Sammartino, Tommy Dreamer, and then introduces Gene Okerlund.
Mean Gene says he is looking forward to discussing wrestling, and then discussed his calling basketball, baseball, and hockey games. However, he said it always came back to wrestling. One you start, you don’t turn back.
Ocal asked Gene why should fans attend Wrestle Reunion, and Gene said he was at a Wrestle Reunion event last year in LA, and said there was a lot of talent. Okerlund added that it was a great production, and said Wrestle Reunion is a can’t miss event for people with heart and soul in pro wrestling.
[ad 6]Ocal asked about his moving to work for WWE, and Gene joked that he did it because of greed but then he said he liked Vince’s vision . Gene said the springboard for WWE was MTV and Wrestlemania. When asked about being recognized, and being noticed, Gene said there was notoriety and said he got stopped in airports, and hotels. He said it was like a Gold rush stage. He added that it was pretty tough to miss Hogan and Macho Man in an airport.
Korderas asked about Chemistry with Bobby Heenan, and Gene said he loved to work with Heenan. Gene mentioned that he had just spoken to Heenan and mentioned Heenan’s health problems. Okerlund said he loved Bob’s quick wit. Ocal then asked if he had the desire to be a play by play man, and, Gene said no. He said doing that and backstage interviews also gets too busy. He said he has done play by play and ring announcing in AWA. He said that a man can’t wear two pairs of shoes so to speak.
As an employee of WWE, Gene said he does a lot of classics for their classics series. He did a Hall of Fame show about Mad Dog Vachon for WWE. He said he is doing a lot of voice work for syndicated programs. WWE cranks out a lot of product. Gene said that a lot of the syndicated programs don’t air in the US. Gene said he used to do Madison Square Garden Classics. He then said he shows up for Wrestlemania, and the Hall of Fame. He did a backstage interview with the Rock last Mania. He said he never worked with the Rock, and he told the Rock later that they would have made a lot of money together.
Gene was asked about Cena/Rock being announced a year in advance. He thought it was money in the bank. Gene said he thought it was something both Rock and Cena wanted to do. He said that the Rock wants to make a statement. Gene put over Fan Axxess, and the Hall of Fame. He mentioned Edge’s hall of fame induction. He said Edge still had the fire in the belly, and if it were his choice, he would be out in the ring rather than in the Hall, but his career was cut short due to injury. Ocal mentioned that he just interviewed Edge, and how Edge said he felt “old” but was very honored by being selected for induction
Orca said some inductees are jealous that Flair is going to get a second ring since he is going to be inducted again as a member of the Four Horsemen. Gene didn’t think it was a big deal and said Flair was a great talent and put over the Horsemen..
Orda and Gene put over the Legends House on the upcoming WWE Network. Gene said there will be a script to get from point A to point B so there is some sort of plot.
[adinserter block=”1″]Gene was asked the difference between WWE back then and now: Gene said there is no organization like WWE and put over Vince McMahon, and Vince’s vision. He talked about watching wrestling in the 50s where wrestlers had potbellies to now where wrestlers are in shape and more athletic. He also went into detail about how the writers are very involved in the product .
Near the end of the interview, Gene Orkerlund confirmed a story about a city called Calluett in Canada with a restaurant called Mean Gene Burgers.
Finally, Gene said he will be at WrestleMania and WrestleReunion. He put over Jack Tunney. He said he has no Twitter or Facebook account.
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