Scott Stanford on ‘Mean’ Gene’s Passing


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Scott Stanford on ‘Mean’ Gene’s Passing

WWE Network Host, Scott Stanford was on the 6th Installment of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling. Stanford has worked with Gene in the past and had a lot to say about his passing. Here is what he said:

"Mean Gene was my idol and when it came down yesterday morning I was actually at WWE and I walked into one of the Executive's office just to say Happy New Year and how have you been and he just got the text that said Gene had passed away. So as I was walking in he just looked up at me and said that Gene Okerlund just died or he passed away last night and they just found out and it was just one of those things where when you hear someone that you know or someone that you are in love with (dies) and you just get that frozen or you freeze in your tracks and you have to process it for a second and when I realized what he had said I was just like you've got to be kidding me and this wave of depression comes over your body. I had just seen Mean Gene about a month ago because he'd come up to Stamford about once a month because he was shooting a show called "Vintage" that airs on the WWE Network with Charly Caruso and the last couple of times he showed up he wasn't feeling well, he didn't look well and we all knew that he didn't look great and had a lot of problems standing up and problems with his legs. Just to hear what happened really put a damper on everything everyone was doing in the studio yesterday because believe me from the security guard at the door to the last producer he is just beloved by everyone.

"There was no better broadcaster/interviewer than Mean Gene. I was explaining it to somebody yesterday at PIX 11 as to what made this guy so special and if he said your name he made you sound like a superstar and the one thing at WWE is when you are an interviewer your job is to put the talent over and make them look bigger than they are and when Gene Okerlund said your name it was almost like putting your name in lights on a marquee. Growing up like you guys said in the mid-80s I was in high school and college watching him do his thing and I would imitate Mean Gene with any microphone I could find."