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Why Top WWE Star Missed Friday’s SmackDown

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• Why Top WWE Star Missed Friday’s SmackDown

Kevin Owens is currently feuding with Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his Bloodline.

However, he didn’t appear on Friday’s SmackDown, and won’t appear on next Friday’s episode either (which has already been taped).

According to Fightful Select, Owens was originally scheduled to appear on the show and introduce John Cena as his partner for the tag team match against Reigns & Sami Zayn on the December 30th episode of SmackDown.

However, Owens couldn’t make it to the show due to a “nightmare travel situation.”

Major production and writing changes were made due to this, as Owens was written out of the show.

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• Old School WWF Announcer Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 80th birthday of Old School WWF Announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

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.


December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019

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