Of all the interviewers, his touch was the finest. He knew how to get the best out of people and never once did he make them insecure. He riled up Sid at WM 8, but that was just for show and Sid only told him to shut up because he was acting in character. The rest of the time, Gene made the backstage area and the rear stage a place where you could feast your eyes on ears on the best, because when Mean Gene put the mic in front of them, they entertained us the best. Jake Roberts opened up his sick side, Ted Dibiase expressed his vile character in all its glory, making someone dribble on a football and Hulk Hogan gave notable commentary about how it didn’t matter whether you win or loose, but what kind of winner or looser you were.
Mean Gene could inspire others to be themselves like no one else.
Like Deforest Kelly once said in his most famous role: He’s really not dead, as long as we remember him.