Someone Bought This: Mean Gene sold burgers… and a t-shirt!

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Mean Gene's burgers shirt back Mean Gene's Burgers shirt front

I found these images in this RetroJunk.com article and knew I had to share them here.

In 1999 Mean Gene Okerlund opened Mean Gene’s Burgers (well, he put his name and image on the place, anyway)¬†whose slogan was “The burger that says Bite Me” offered this t-shirt that you could proudly wear.

Sadly, this chain was not to last and closed a few years later.

Oh well, I heard the burgers were awful anyway.

There’s just something so wrong about Mean Gene being portrayed with having a snarky attitude here with this dumb slogan.

This t-shirt falls into the category of “T-shirts I’d never be caught dead wearing no matter how young or how big of a wrestling fan I was”.

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12 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Mean Gene sold burgers… and a t-shirt!"
  1. CBCB says:

    He could’ve combined this with his other business, a “Hamburger Hotline” or something…

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yes! “Will your burger come with lettuce and tomato? I can’t talk about it here, but call the Hamburger Hotline to find out! Just $1.49 the first minute, $.99 each additional minute…”

    • Hashington says:

      “Pastamania go to hell. Straight to hell.”

  2. christopher gibbs says:

    One of those was in my town and as I recall the burgers weren’t very good. However he did make an appearance there once and I got to meet him face to face which was pretty cool. He even congratulated me on answering one of the trivia questions he asked the crowd to answer and gave me an autograph. I had him sign a WCW trading card of his with him interviewing the “legendary” team of Buff Bagwell and the Patriot. He got a good chuckle out of it.

  3. 80's Guy says:

    As far as I know, there’s still a Mean Gene’s Burgers in Franklin, WV.

    I had one driving through there once, many years ago, and it wasn’t too bad. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

  4. pyoobez says:

    I seem some of the dirt sites mentioning a lawsuit over the licensing rights a few years back, . Anyway, I’d rather go to Ken Patera’s Burgers. It’s “The Burger That Says Throw A Rock Through The Window If We’re Closed”

    • Scrooge McSuck says:

      I prefer a game of Hungry Hungry Patera… instead of eating, you catapult little balls at your opponent until they call the police, resulting in a Benny Hill style chase sequence and possible permanent injury.

  5. John C says:

    I can’t believe someone actually got all those DNA stains out of Blades’s favorite jerk rag to take that picture of the shirt.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Attitude Era wrestling shirts were the WORST. It’s like they took they “Attitude” part too literally.

  7. Preparation Triple H says:

    I once stopped at a Mean Gene’s Burgers that was located in a gas station in Cottonwood, California. Even kept the paper placemat for a short while. Like 80′s Guy said, it wasn’t spectacular but it wasn’t too bad.

  8. Hoju Koolander says:

    Awesome, I can now tell my children and grandchildren I was featured on Wrestlecrap! Wait, should I be proud of that? I always knew my fateful trip to Mean Gene’s Burgers would matter to somebody, somewhere, somehow. As a loyal “crapper” this is an honor. Thanks for sharing the article Paul, I’ve been enjoying your work here for a while now!

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