Here it is only the 3rd day of the New Year and we’ve already been hit by a tragic loss in the wrestling business, if you haven’t heard by now “Mean” Gene Okerlund passed away on January 2, 2019 at the age of 76 in a hospital in Sarasota, FL.
Although I personally never had a chance to meet “Mean” Gene I do remember watching him as a teenager in the AWA and then as a young adult in WCW. Many of you may be wondering why I didn’t mention his time in the then WWF and then later on in the WWE. Quite simply I do not watch Vince’s circus, nor do I care for his brand of “sports entertainment” so I have never watched it so I am unfamiliar with it.
One thing that I do know and that’s the pro wrestling business lost one of the if not the last of the 80’s era announcers/interviewers and that’s a very sad thing to think about and realize. They don’t make them like that anymore for sure..much like they don’t make wrestlers like they used to anymore. “Mean” Gene was one of the last of a dying breed, no pun intended. He had an iconic voice and a way about him that you knew what to expect when “Mean” Gene was in the ring or in the back getting ready to interview all our favorite stars..Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper, The Road Warriors, The Fabulous Freebirds, and so many more. Although “Mean” Gene avoided the pro wrestling young death curse, he was still taken from us too soon. May you Rest In Peace sir..I ring the 10 bell salute for you.
Now onto a less sad story in the pro wrestling business. This Saturday night, January 5, 2019 at The Oman Arena in Jackson, TN, we have a HUGE night of Professional Wrestling coming your way from USA Championship Wrestling!! All of your favorite stars will be there..Ron Ratcatcher, Matt Riviera, Boyd Bradford, Johnny Morton, The Starr Twins, Lucky P Larsen, Kevin Zion, Brandon White, and more will be there including the USA Heavyweight Champion “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert, who will be defending his title, and legends Tommy “Wildfire” Rich and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler will be in action reigniting their decades long feud. And as always remember the live TV tapings held in the Oman Arena studios on Sunday afternoon January 6, 2019!! Make your plans to come on out and enjoy the HOTTEST wrestling ticket in the USA!!!