Talk:Gene Okerlund

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The original Mean Gene was Gene Kiniski![edit]

Mean Gene currently redirects here, but AFAIK it was Gene Kiniski who was the original Mean Gene. I put a simialr query on Kinisiki's page, where IMO there should be a ref to Kiniski's previous use of the nickname here before Okerlund used it, or even a dab page.Skookum1 21:59, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

At most put a reference on the Kiniski page, since it's Gene Okerlund who most wrestling fans think off when they hear "MEan" Gene - Kiniski is usually referred to by his real name in managzines and the few wrestling history books I've ready MPJ-DK 11:53, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Okerlund of Swedish ancestry?[edit]

"Okerlund" seems to come from the Swedish surname Åkerlund (the å letter is pronunced like o). Maybe it could be added in the early life part if the ancestry is confirmed? (If he were 1/32 Irish I am sure this would be pointed out by someone.) // Jens Persson ( (talk) 15:41, 16 July 2008 (UTC))

Why does Classic Wrestling redirect to the article for Gene Okerlund?[edit]

Why is it that the search term "Classic Wrestling" redirects to the Gene Okerland article? Classic Wrestling is a TV program that airs on Bite TV and The Fight Network. I would expect the redirection to go to a synoposis of this TV program. If such article does not exist, it should redirect to a more relevant article such as the History of Professional Wrestling. I get that Gene Okerland is arguably synonymous with "classic wrestling" but I do not believe that warrants the search term to redirect here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:53, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

West Virginia University (WVU)[edit]

Is there a source that he is a graduate of WVU? According to the August 23, 2013 post here, he is not: "The (WVU) alumni association has no record, and though the friendly folks there say their record-keeping is not perfect, the university’s registrar has no record either. And on top of that, an industry insider says Gene attended Nebraska and finished at Panepistimion Makedonias." --Bark (talk) 18:12, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

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Starred in hockey?[edit]

I don't understand this sentence and I don't think I'll be alone:

His son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987.

What does it mean to star on a team? Is this some sort of achievement where they receive a star to sew onto their uniform? Or does this just mean that he was an important/good/etc. player for the team? Oh! Does it mean that he was on the starting lineup and it's misspelled? †dismas†|(talk) 21:25, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

There's a three star tradition in hockey, but nothing so formal as to require sewing (not in collegiate '80s Minnesota, anyway). In this case, I think it just means he (or his name) showed up in the press often enough, whether through goals, assists or penalties. Not sure he made it all the way into 1987, technically, but had a none-too-shabby seven helpers in four games some year that season. InedibleHulk (talk) 05:40, January 12, 2019 (UTC)