Well 2019 started of with a swift kick in the dick as yet another wrestling legend from my childhood passed away. On January 2nd Mene Gene Okurland passed away at the age of 76.
My first memory of pro wrestling was seeing this little guy in a suit (Mene Gene)interviewing an insanely muscular blonde wrestler (Hulk Hogan), immediately I was hooked. His interviews in the eighties and early nineties with legends like Randy Savage, Iron Shiek, Andre The Giant and of course Hulk Hogan are all unforgettable.
He helped get so many wrestlers characters over with his brilliant interviews that arguably did more for them than anything they actually did in the ring. That is a huge aspect that WWE have forgotten about now and is a huge reason why no one gets over because the people doing the interviews now will never learn anywhere near to what Gene forgot about this business. He came across as someone who knew what he was talking about and could hold his own with anyone one the mic, now the interviewers come across as mindless idiots.
If you look back over some of the most memorable moments in Pro Wrestling history a lot of them you will find that Mene Gene was there.
The debut of The Gobbledygooker at Survivor Series may of been one of the worst moments in wrestling history but who was there trying to turn Chicken Shit in to Chicken Salad ? It was Mene Gene.
How about Ric Flair winning the WWF Championship in the Royal Rumble and delivering one of the best promos you will ever hear after. Who was the interviewer ? Yes it was Mene Gene.
One of the most watched interviews of all time is Booker T cutting a very angry promo on Hulk Hogan (you all know the one I am talking about) and guess who did the interview ? It was Mene Gene.
Then there was the time Hulk Hogan turned Heel and formed The nWo with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. After the match at Bash at the Beach 96 the most memorable moment was all the rubbish being thrown in the ring at Hogan as he is being interviewed by……..yes you guessed it Mene Gene.
While he did a great job in the eighties and nineties for the WWF helping create many of the legends we all loved as kids he did an equally brilliant job in WCW in the mid to late nineties with legends like Goldberg, Flair, Sting, Baby face and heel Hulk Hogan including all the stuff with the nWo.
But my favourite memories of Mene Gene was everything he did with Bobby Heenan away from the ring in the WWF. They were a fantastic comedy duo, to this day I still find all the sketches they did absolutely hilarious.
He was a one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Mene Gene Okurland.