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 Posted: Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 06:26 pm
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Superstar
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When Turner took over Crockett and began WCW, it seemed like from month to month there was change...some good, some bad. The wrestling, which used to be the hallmark of the NWA, was slowly starting to get cartoonish and gimmick based. People say that it really hit rock bottom when Herd fired Flair in June 1991, but in my opinion they were seriously at the bottom in 1992. I went to a card in the Meadowlands where all tickets were either $7 or $11, and literally there couldn't have been more than a thousand people there (and in reading the magazines, that was a HUGE crowd for WCW at the time). When Flair came back in I believe February or March of 1993, even as a non-wrestler, it seemed like WCW was starting to "get it" with Austin and Pillman and bringing back Flair. But for me, when I started to "believe" that WCW was a real, major league, actual competitor to WWF again was when they signed Mean Gene Okerlund late in 1993. While possibly a coincidence, or only because WWF hadn't come to Gene to offer a contract, it just seemed to me like when Mean Gene started in WCW, people started to follow him. Heenan, Hogan, Macho Man, etc. were all top guys - forget about their age and all that, to get those names on board is what in my opinion REALLY set up WCW for the next 8 years. And I always believed that Mean Gene was the one that started the ball rolling, because people took him seriously. Yeah, "Scheme Gene and the 1-900 hotlines" may have caused his credibility a little bit of a hit, but if you ignored that, he was still the best at what he did right up until Russo turned him into a dirty old man.

Rest In Peace "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Nobody will ever be better.



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