I wanted to make a quick post and a tip of my hat to the WWE and Mean Gene Okerlund for producing a tremendously entertaining, 1980s-retro preview of Sunday’s SummerSlam show.
If you haven’t seen the preview and you watched pro wrestling back in the ’80s, it’s worth watching to the very end.
Some of my favorite highlights:
- Okerlund sends it over to current WWE interviewer Tom Phillips for some promos, but instead calls Tom “Sean Mooney.” By the way, watch Phillips and then compare it to Okerlund’s work just this past Monday on Raw. Okerlund is still far and away one of the best interview guys in wrestling.
- Mean Gene pushes the $9.99 price of the WWE Network, and then says, “That’s less than a 10-minute call on my old hotline.”
- The opening montage of the preview has a voiceover with Vince McMahon yelling at his 1980s best.
- At the very end of the report, a SummerSlam poster hanging in the background falls to the floor as a homage to one of the greatest bloopers in wrestling history, when a prop suddenly fell during a promo for SummerSlam 1989 and Okerlund yelled, “Fuck it!” on live TV. In this latest version, you can see Mean Gene lip the curse words.
I thoroughly enjoyed this entire clip and am glad to see the WWE can actually be legitimately funny still.