Ross opens today’s show by reacting to the news that his longtime friend “Mean” Gene Okerlund has passed away. He says the news took his breath away, and he immediately wanted to pick up the phone and call his old friend. He saw Okerlund at a recent WrestleCade event, and he was unaware at the time that this would be their last meeting.
He points out that Okerlund was one of the first people to accept him when he arrived in WWE and he never forgot that. Okerlund had a monstrous voice and was a part of so many classic segments over the years, and he will be truly missed.
Ross is intrigued by the new upstart AEW (All Elite Wrestling). He mentions that he’s met Tony Khan (President) before and he’s a very bright young man, and there’s no denying the impact that Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks have had on the industry over the years. He doesn’t think these individuals will waste their time trying to compete with WWE, because nobody is going to knock WWE from the top of the ladder.