• On This Day In Wrestling History (January 2, 2019) – Old School WWF Announcer Passes Away
On this day in 2019, we lost Old School WWF Announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund at the age of 76 after complications from a fall.
After making a name for himself in Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association between 1970 and 1983, Gene Okerlund joined the World Wrestling Federation in early 1984 as one of quite a few AWA names that jumped ship back then.
“Mean” Gene, who is still considered the greatest backstage interviewer in professional wrestling history, stayed with the WWF for almost 10 full years, before he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in late 1993.
Shortly before Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001, Okerlund left the company, but returned to his old workplace, the World Wrestling Federation, at WWF WrestleMania X-Seven.
In 2006, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his close, personal friend “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan.
† REST IN PEACE MEAN GENE OKERLUND
December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019
• Bobby Lashley On Why WWE Ended His Partnership With Lio Rush
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, RAW Superstar Bobby Lashley was asked why WWE ended his partnership with Lio Rush.
Below is what Lashley said:
“I thought Lio was amazing. Part of the reason why me and Lio were taken apart was because it was working out too well. We weren’t bad guys. People liked what we were doing, and we started having a lot of fun with it.
Lana, on the other hand, Lana is a heat-seeker. People hate her and they love to hate her, and she loves every bit of it, and I love it too. Me and Lana talk all the time about this. People are afraid to be hated right now. Not us.
We don’t give a damn what people think, and that’s good for everyone else because, whoever we get in the ring with, people want to see them beat my butt and shut her mouth. But the bad thing about it is that nobody on the roster can.”
WATCH: Super Hot Close-Up Of Lana Kissing Bobby Lashley: