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For those who’re Kevin Hart and the Mountain Dew Kickstart you’re consuming is so good it causes in-brain hallucinations about you being a professional wrestler, who’s going to be standing subsequent to you, interviewing you backstage? For those who mentioned something aside from the legendary Imply (Woo, By God) Gene Okerlund, you’re mendacity.

As with every little thing Kevin does, followers ought to anticipate the sudden on this sequence of 15-second spots, which play off what’s going via his head whereas he’s getting pumped up with a MTN DEW KICKSTART. In “Wrestler,” WWE Corridor of Fame Legend ‘Imply’ Gene Okerlund interviews Kevin, who channels his convincing wrestling persona, and makes DEW Nation surprise if we’ll see the comic within the ring someday.

Hey, technically it already occurred!

Imply Gene exhibits up in certainly one of Hart’s three new Mountain Dew commercials, which you’ll watch beneath. Impressively, they didn’t make Gene do the Tom Phillips backstage huge stance to make Hart look taller. I’m attempting to pinpoint his look right here … Excessive Vitality Koko B. Ware? Wants extra checkers.


We really had an opportunity to speak to Imply Gene concerning the spots, and requested him how he received concerned and what it was like working with Kevin Hart. Learn this in Imply Gene voice for the complete impact:

“The rationale, Brandon, that I received concerned is that I take a look at drove Mtn Dew Kickstart and it gave me a lift, helped me get via the day. I’m not a younger man … 47 years within the broadcast enterprise for wrestling for yours actually, and dealing with Kevin Hart, what can I say? An absolute delight. I heard all concerning the man from my excellent long-time shut private good friend Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. He put him over massive time.”

As for Hart’s promo abilities, Gene provides him in all probability the very best comparability you could possibly hope to get:

“Kevin’s received a bit of the Macho Man Randy Savage I’d say, a bit little bit of that contact to him, and he actually comes out as a really … he may very well be certainly one of our guys on the entrance line of the WWE any day or night time of the week. Clearly he’s received his personal profession, however he’d match proper in with the entire Superstars of WWE.”

We additionally requested him concerning the issues with WWE’s present backstage interview scene, and what the trendy crew must do to achieve Imply Gene ranges, and never simply do this factor the place they stare off into the gap ready for the digicam to cease filming them:

“Completely … we want a bit little bit of that prying and progressive interviewing that I anticipate backstage, with folks asking the robust questions. Appears to me like there’s lots of softball questions popping out as of late, and it’s a part of an all-around promo. I like an trustworthy to goodness interview, like Brandon, you’re conducting with me proper now.”

You possibly can take a look at the opposite, much less Gene Imply-related spots beneath.

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