You know its not that we would try and pull that marketing gimmick of repackaging pop culture bits from your youth and pawning them for consumption. Sorry about that. Not even sure if these are around anymore.
Seems like Gene learned that having a business partner can be a messy affair. Wikipedia sums it up:
His name has been associated with fast food chain, Mean Gene’s Burgers, and a chain of pizzerias located within bowling alleys, Mean Gene's Pizza. These are owned by Hot Stuff Foods, which was headed by two of his nephews. Early in 2006, Okerlund and Hot Stuff split. Okerlund and one of the nephews were planning to start their own food company on the brands, but Hot Stuff sued, claiming they had "Mean Gene" trademarked. Okerlund lost, with the judge saying that Okerlund can't use the name "Mean Gene" for his new food company. Okerlund succeeded in cancelling the trademark registrations held by Orion, but remains enjoined from competing with Orion.
Mean Gene always had a quality interviewing style by prompting questions and listening well. I mean check out how he led the Macho Man right up keyhit mountain. Pacing is always a good look.
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