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Ric Flair pays tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund
Submitted by Aaron Rift on 01/04/2019 at 09:33 AM


In an interview with SI.com, Ric Flair commented on the death of Mean Gene Okerlund and here are a few highlights...

Their friendship:

ďFriend would be too generic a term for us. We were more than friends, we were brothers. We were tied to each other for years. If I was going somewhere, and I knew Gene Okerlund was there, I made sure I found him.Ē

Okerlund's impact on wrestling:

ďIn my opinion, Gene Okerlund added more entertainment to the business than anybody. Gene made our product better. You can be good at what you do, but Gene was so good that he made the people around him better. Gene brought that to every segment he was on for his entire career. Itís hard to explain how much talent he had. Gene was entertainment-ready, witty beyond belief, sophisticated, and Iíve never seen anybody else like him.Ē

Okerlund's talent:

ďGene just never missed. Even if a guy was struggling or a crowd wasnít connecting, Gene had the gift to make interviews work. He was a wonderful person, he loved his kids, he loved his wife, and he loved what he did for a living. Iím happy that the world is giving him his due recognition. Iíve been so depressed all day thinking about it. Itís a huge loss. There will never, ever be another Gene Okerlund.Ē


Click here for the full interview.




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