The passing of WWE Hall of Famer, Verne Gagne last week resulted in many close with the WWE and Verne to take to social media to offer their condolences. Fomer WWE Announcer and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Ross went on his annual blog and shared his thoughts on the man he referred to as his Wresling business godfather.
“Verne was my mentor, Cowboy Bill Watts, mentor and therefore Verne always considering himself my “Grandfather” in the wrestling biz. At an Independent TV convention in Vegas one year, Verne who had just attended cocktail hour when told me that he taught Cowboy all that Bill knew about the business which made Bill my “father in wrestling” which in turn made Verne my ‘Grandfather” in the biz. Then Verne quickly snatched me in a very snug headlock just to prove he was still the alpha male that he had always been and to leave me something to remember him by. After relinquishing the headlock to the shock of many TV executive bystanders, Verne gave me a big hug and with a healthy laugh told me he loved my work and to “not let Watts ruin me” again a joke directed to Bill who Verne was very proud of with Cowboy’spromotion doing so well based in Oklahoma.”
“My condolences to the Gagne family and Verne’s many friends, associates, and all the people that he influenced over the years. Verne Gagne was true pioneer in the annals of the genre so many of us love and his contributions will never be forgotten.”
In other news Total Nonstop Action has been hit and miss as of late as far as their viewership on their new channel, Destination America. The new head of the creative department recently went on Fox News to discuss new plans.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to go into really fresh, new directions. Having characters who explore race or transgender issues is certainly a possibility. There are ways to explore those themes in ways that are productive, create new stars and show that value-based ‘babyfaces’, no matter what their background, no matter where they come from, can draw new audiences and inspire people in new ways.”
More innovating ideas will be necessary as one of their top talents, Jeff Hardy was just involved in a wreck while on his dirt bike.