I am 'Mean' Gene Snitsky, former Pro Wrestler (WWE / ECW) and current TV / Film actor. Ask me anything!
I am 'Mean' Gene Snitsky, former Professional Wrestler and current TV and film actor. I made my WWE debut on RAW in 2004, famously feuding with Kane, spawning the infamous catchphrase "It's Not My Fault." I also had bouts with WWE legends John Cena and The Undertaker and formed a tag team partnership with Goldust. As a member of ECW, I had famous fueds with CM Park, Hardcore Holly and Rob Van Dam.
Currently, I (along with Shawn Michaels and Maven Huffman) am available for personal appearances through www.thuzio.com.
Fun Fact: I also was a standout football player at the University of Missouri under Andy Reid.
UPDATE 3:32 PM: Hey Guys and Gals. I appreciate all of the questions! I am going to run for the time being, but if you keep asking, I'll try and poke back in here and answer! Thanks!!! - Mean Gene!
P.S. It's not my fault!
Go ask him!!!!! Thanks
How is it that you have gone so many years without being convicted for that brutal case of infanticide? What justification could you possibly have for punting that baby into the audience you fucking monster!
I stand accused, but time and time again, I have told everyone ... IT'S NOT MY FAULT!
David Otunga worked very hard to get you acquitted.
Yeah he isn't cheap either
From David Otunga's AMA:
I'm WWE's most important retained lawyer. They only call me in for legal advice on the BIG cases. I'm much too expensive to be bothered with the small time cases.
This checks out.
You didn't believe me? Wtf. Haha
I don't really have a question but I just wanted to thank you for spawning an awesome college joke between my friends and I. Any time I would spill a drink or hook up with an ugly chick, I would just yell out "it's not my fault" and all fault was absolved.
In all your years in the WWE, what is the most interesting backstage/on the road story that you can tell
This one might not have made the magazine.
One time we were flying over to Europe and I was infamous for sucking girls toes. Triple H came up to me and said, 'I'll give you a $100 if you can get that girl working the airline counter to let you suck her toes.'
One of the easiest $100 I've ever made.
Wanna make 100$ the HARD way?
didn't something like this make it on tv?
Did "Mean Gene" Okerlund ever yell at you for stealing his name?
As far as I know, he doesn't have the trademark. And my name isn't Gene, so I can use it whenever I want.
What exactly was going on with you and Heidenreich?
We shared a moment.
Is it still not your fault?
No, it's not my fault!!!
What was your favorite moment of your career?
Ironically the favorite moment was in my very first match at WWE when nobody knew who I was. I ended up hitting Kane with the chair, caused a miscarriage, which really came out of the blue.
They just brought me from the Training Camp in Louisville, threw me on TV and the rest was history.
Wait.. Kane was pregnant..? Man I HAVE been out of wrestling for a while.
Only a few months!!!!
I have a bachelor's in Psychology, and have a particular interest in the role of genetics as it affects personality. What is the greatest insight you can give us on the "mean gene?"
Also, what's your favorite Christmas song?
Hate to burst the bubble, but the insight was that it simply rhymed. I was always portrayed a bad guy throughout my career and mean rhymes with Gene. When I first started wrestling, that's what I went by and my character was a mean, ruthless guy that beat people up.
Favorite song, 'Last Christmas' or Mariah Carey's 'All I want for Christmas. Those are my favorites.
who is the biggest douche in the wrestling world? most down to earth?
HAHA! Tough question. Honestly, none of the guys are really dbags. It's really a fraternity. It's tough to get into the WWE and once you get in, everyone's professional about it.
My favorite guy to work with was Kane because we had really good matches and the storyline was really cool. He was a real nice guy and really helped me out when I was getting started.
nice! thanks for the reply! did u ever meet stone cold?? how's he, if so?
Yes he is a friend!!!! Cool dude
Did you feel sorry for Paul London when you clotheslined him hard at the Royal Rumble '05? (http://youtu.be/PzaKU617kUM) And was it your fault? Were the rumors of you teaming up with Heidenrich to take on the Brothers of Destruction at Wrestlemania 21 true? AND WAS IT YOUR FAULT!?
No I enjoyed it!!!!! Can't confirm that rumor but I have heard it!!!!
Hi, Gene, here's a silly question, what makes you laugh & are you ticklish? If so, where are you ticklish? Happy Christmas-to-come! Jo X
When I see people and text messaging and they walk into something. That's hilarious to me. I am ticklish, but I can't reveal where ... only my wife knows.
So, Max Copeland, future pro wrestler or future physics superstar?
Also would have been fun if Mizzou could have made a national title game. Maybe they would have let you be one of the random alumnus that hangs out on the field for that game
I actually did that already, it just wasn't for a title game.
Man ... If they could have pulled off that Auburn game. I actually have a sore throat from screaming at the TV.
It was cool playing for Coach Reid and after he left, I played for Coach Marty Mornhinweg. I still keep in touch with those guys.
When Andy was in Philly, I went down to camp every year in Allentown. He always rolled out the red carpet for me. I think it would be awesome if the Chiefs ended up playing the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
You have a movie credit titled "Bikini Girls Vs.The Surf Wolf" on your IMDB page. Is that movie as awesome as it sounds like it would be?
Honestly, a friend of mine was doing it and I did it as a favor for him.He's actually involved with The Walking Dead films that I've partnered with. Anytime I can help out a buddy, I don't mind.
Tonight, I'm actually helping a friend's band called Angel Down shoot a music video, in which I get to beat up one of the band members. Should be fun ..
I'll take that as a yes.
Note to self: find this movie.
Yeah it should be oscar worthy
I think you meant cm punk!!!! Lmfao. Thx for stopping by tho
Is the foot fetish real? If so, if you have to touch one women's foot, who would it be?
The foot fetish IS real. I actually went to Vince and incorporated it in my character. I'm going to go with the PC answer and say my wife's feet.
What are you doing now and are you coming back to WWE or TNA?
Right now I'm working on a lot of acting projects. I'm co-producing a project called 'Manhunt,' which is being directed by Jay Lee and he was the writer, producer and director of Zombie Strippers. He's actually one of the co-writers, taking our synopsis and turning it into a screenplay.
I'm actually going to be in Atlantic City this weekend at the Bizarre AC Horror Movie Convention. It's the first ever horror movie convention in Atlantic City, so I'm proud to be involved.
I'm also still wrestling a bit, traveling all over the world. Probably about 70 percent acting and 30 percent wrestling. That was always one of my favorite parts about wrestling was being able to show my talents as an actor through it.
I also just shot a Power Ranger (MMPR) movie where I played a Silver Guardian. It's going to be out in 2014, so keep an eye out for it. (Trailer: http://youtu.be/EOm14z7cOW0)
I also just shot a Power Ranger (MMPR) movie
Yeah turned into a movie
When is Manhunt coming out?
Was it your fault?
Nope. It's not my fault.
Doesn't matter if you meant to do it or not!
It was a strict liability crime!
You are at fault.
Highly disagree...... It's not my fault and never will be!!!!! Ha
Will you ever admit fault?
I will never admit fault!
It is a strict liability crime, it doesn't matter if you meant to or not Eugene, you are at fault.
Thanks to all the fans who had questions!!!! Really enjoyed interacting with you all. Check out my page @ thuzio.com and Be sure to follow me on twitter @biggenesnitsky and Instagram @therealsnitsky also chk out snitskytv. YouTube.com/SnitskyTV and my FB fan page @ Facebook.com/SnitskysOfficialFanPage thx so much.... Without you there would be no Snitsky :-)
A few days ago, you had re-Tweeted a Tweet from a friend of mine who was interested in owning the baby doll you had punted into the crowd, saying you're selling dolls. The price was never mentioned, or any place to buy them. Where exactly can they be purchased/price?
If you watch closely on video, the fan who caught the original doll threw it back at me. I almost broke out of character at that point.
But yes, I am selling dolls for $20 and you can inquire about buying one through my Twitter account (@BIGGENESNITSKY). I'll even sign it for ya!
Why do you think so many people stick around as fans of Professional Wrestling as it has been deemed a choreographed sport? I take nothing away from the physicality but since becoming an adult and learning about the act, I've lost interest. But thank you for being an entertainer where others can't be.
Edit: Thanks for the reply. I'm a new Redditer so its cool to get responses.
I think the main draw to wrestling is the characters. I don't think it's the wrestlers. You've got your good guys. You've got your bad guys. I think that's what draws people in. I always tell people that it's an athletic soap opera. You've got to be a tip-top athlete, but you've also got to be a great actor, not to mention a stunt-man too.
One thing I've always respected about the WWE is their support for the troops. The last time I seen a show was Bossier City, LA in 2005.I received free tickets due to being in the Air Force at the time. So if you can, please tell someone that a Veteran thanks them for their support. That's 110% honesty from the heart.
Thanks for your service!!!!!! My most memorable moment was doing the TTTT show in Afghanistan!!!! You guys are the reason we can do what we do!!!!! Thx again
Mean Gene, can you explain the fallout between you and New Era Wrestling Federation? How did you get involved with WXWC4?
I was actually trained by Afa, who ran the whole operation in Allentown. When he moved to Florida, he took the WXW name with him and his son set up WXWC4 to distinguish it. I always will do shows for those guys because they took me under their wing.
I never knew Andy Reid coached at Mizzou. Never knew you played for him either. That's pretty cool.
That in mind, do you watch a lot of football? What teams do you follow?
I do. I keep up with the Eagles and the Chiefs. I'm a die-hard Eagles fan and always have been since I was a little kid. Obviously the Chiefs because of Coach Reid.
I still try and get home and watch the Eagles when I can.
Thanks for the response. You must be thrilled as a football fan this season between those two teams. I'm a Chiefs fan myself and was really pulling for Andy to get Nick Foles to come over in a trade. Looks like Chip knew what he had in him though. He's playing on a whole other level right now.
Fly Eagles fly!!!!!
Would you ever reappear in WWE again to punt another baby? Also did you know that's one of Punk's favorite WWE RAW moments of all time?
If the price was right sure why not!!!!!! Phil is a good guy I'm glad he liked it
You were never on the title holder in WWE. How do you feel about it? I mean, holding a title is a scripted thing, but do wrestlers really care that they're the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION or the WWE CHAMPION? Feel free to go into massive detail about this and what comes along with being a champion.
I think people care about. It's cool if you are the champion. It shows that someone has the faith in you to carry the belt. To me, the most important thing was to have peers speak highly of your work and having fans get caught up in your story. As long as I'm entertaining and my peers think I'm doing a great job, I'm fine.
Back then, the really, really bad guys never seemed to get titles. I had fun though, either way.
Thanks for responding. Now I feel somewhat bad for beating you up in Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 all the time. Shame your character rating was like 68.
Don't feel bad I still get royalties lol
What is your favorite match from WWE?
There was a PPV when it was four guys against four guys and you eliminate the guys as they go. I think it was Survivor Series. That was my favorite when, believe or not, it was Maven who did it with me. He was supposed to hit me with a flying forearm and he ended up hitting me with his elbow square in the eyeball ... and I heard my eyeball CRUNCH. I was seeing triple after that. I had to hit three guys with chairs and I couldn't see straight, so I was thinking to myself 'lord, I hope I hit the square.
Who would win in an Inferno Match between you and Tyson Tomko hosted on the moon?
Thanks for the AmA!
HAHAHA! Let me think about this one ...
First of all, it would be super cool to be on the moon. I don't think anyone would be a loser, because I'd join the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as men who have walked on the moon.
And Second of all?
Refer back to first of all!!!!! Lol
Gene , I know you personally haven't seen you in awhile however I used to work with you at SR and I live in your home town :) I think your a great guy.. You've always worked hard towards what you wanted in life.. I wish you the best life has to offer .. By the way I still have my 8x10 photo of you and your tag team partner you signed for many years ago before the WWE...
Appreciate the kind words. Thank you!
Is it awkward when you handle another wrestler, and you accidentally grab that place?
Yeah unless your wrestling a woman!!!!!!
What's the funniest thing that happened backstage in WWE
One time Batista almost broke coaches neck showing him the powerbomb
What was going through your head when you punted the baby? Did you think you took it to far? Did upper management know you were going to do it?
The little brat deserved what he got!! He should be happy I didn't kick his head clear off!
And yes, upper management knew about it.
This is the answer I most looked forward to, and I love it.
How hands on were you with your character and it's direction? I know you've mentioned on here that the foot fetish thing was reality based and you submitted the idea to Vince and it got me wondering if a wrestler asking to add something to their character is common or if that was a one off. Also how strict were they regarding following the script in regards to promos?
Also were you a fan growing up? if so who were the wrestlers you enjoyed watching the most?
The guys were all pretty proactive when I was there. You could go to the writers and suggest ideas. That happened a lot when I was there.
I started watching when I was 9 or 10 years old. I liked Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker and Kane. They were probably my three favorites as a kid.
would you fight steve blackman for 100 dollars
Gimmick you regret the most?
The only thing that I disliked was that I disliked having to paint my teeth. Other than that, nothing.
Thanks for doing this! I want to say two quick things before I ask my question.
Back in my high school woodshop, there were these two students who always came into class talking about wrestling. They would always say something like, "SNITSKY!" or "you see Snitsky last night!?" I decided to see what they were talking about, because I stopped watching wrestling a few years before. I got really into your rivalry with Shelton for the IC title, so you were basically a big reason for me getting back into wrestling.
I told my friend's little cousin one day that you were my uncle. I can't remember why I made that up, but its funny because I look nothing like you. I think he still believes it 10 years later.
Question: Who is your favorite powerhouse guy in the WWE right now? Either already made a name for them self or in development.
Also, I appreciate the kind words on being the inspiration for you getting back into wrestling. That's really cool. Thanks!
I don't follow the show as closely anymore. If I happen to catch it on a Monday, I'll watch it.
I'm going to have to stick with my previous answer and say Kane. I was a huge fan of him before he got up to the WWE, so even with all of the younger guys, he's still probably my favorite.
What is Randy Orton like off screen? Read he is a dick?
What do you think of the Chikara timetravel storyline?
On an unrelated note. The clip of you punting Lita and Kanes baby was hilarious.
Randy and I are great friends but he can be hard to deal with sometimes but so can everyone else ya know!!!! Do to follow chikara sorry, and thx so much
Hey. How's it going. Lol.
- How did you get your big break and make it into the WWE?
- Did you enjoy your time in the WWE?
- What advice would you give to aspiring young wrestlers?
- Anything you specifically regret doing/not doing from your time in the WWE?
- What match are you most proud of?
- What exactly are you doing nowadays?
First off, you've got to find a reputable training camp. Make sure you're in tip-top shape because it's tough. My main thing is stay and school and get an education because wrestling doesn't last forever. I also highly recommend the Wild Samoan Training Center. Those guys are fantastic.
If you could go back in time, would you change anything in your wrestling carrer?
Honestly, I don't think I would change anything. I did everything as I saw fit, as it was happening.
Whatever storyline, or whatever character they came me with, I ran with it. You could say there were times I turned crap into gold with some of the things presented to me, but honestly I wouldn't change anything.
How would you describe being trained by Afa of the legendary Anoa family? Was there anyone else in your class that made it in wrestling?
Actually Dave Batista came through right before I started, but the guys who were in my class, I don't think any of them made it to the level I was at.
One of the guys is in Australia now (Mana), he might have had a WWE tryout or two, but I can't think of anyone else off the top of my head.
Was Patrice O'Neal still writing for the WWE when you were there?
Oh my...I love all of you guys in the Wrestling World and I appreciate you entertaining all wrestling fans around the world. I have a question, if it's not too much trouble.
- What was it like working on the road during your years with the WWE?
And thank you for being a fan!
Traveling was fun actually. I liked to travel, so it was cool to get to go to different spots all around the world.
Living out of a suitcase is tough in general. You learn to work around it. It wasn't too bad. I didn't mind it.
What's it like working with Undertaker? And is it true you were originally gonna face John Cena at Royal Rumble 2008 for the WWE Championship?
Was an honor to work with him..... A true legend
What do you think about WWE at the moment?
Do you feel a little pride when you see Punk as a top dog now?
Don't follow it too closely.....
Thank you for creating one my favorite moments growing up from Raw as a kid with punting the baby. Did you expect the baby to go as far as it did? It was an impressive punt
Your very welcome!!!!! I did expect it to go that far I was all area punter on my high school FB team!!!!! True story
Since the Rumble is going to be so close to home, what would your ideal entry number be?
Any good road stories?
I remember a time where you ran at Kane, or Kane ran at you on the stage, and you both went flying off. The camera man ran off the stage and around to catch you asking Kane if he was okay.
It's such a small error, and really doesn't matter. But, is that how "higher ups" felt? Or did/do wrestlers get in shit for things like that?
I honestly don't recall asking him about anything cuz I was just happy I made it in one piece!!!!!
Did you ever get tired of being booed and being known as the guy with the bad teeth? No offence but I imagine that would piss anyone off after a while.
Not at all!!!!! Loved it
Snitsky! You kinda rock. Is it true that original WrestleMania plans were to have you and John Heidenreich vs Undertaker/Kane?
I have heard that
And your welcome
Just did a lot of cardio and flexibility. It's hard to get into a good workout when you were all banged up and traveling constantly. You just try and stay loose and limber.
If it wasn't your fault, then whose fault was it?
I'm going to guess and say Savio Vega.
All I know is...... It's not mine!!!!! Bwahahahahaha
Thoughts on Savio Vega?
The greatest memory I have of you is when Kane gave you a Chokeslam from the stage.
Of course, WWE had changed a lot. What are your feelings about an edgy, brutal, more raw (pardon the pun) environment and product vs the polished, family friendly PG environment (as a performer and your own style/gimmick)?
Like the Snitsky era better!!!!!
What was wrestler did you get along with the best? And are their cliques in the locker rooms?
I hung out mostly with mike chioda the senior referee
He is still one of my best friends
Shit, I knew I was going to miss this ama. In the chance you pop back in and see this. One, thank you for doing this AMA, and two I believe a friend and I saw you at a country concert in Scranton PA. I believe it was the summer of 2011. My friend said to you that 'It wasn't your fault' and you replied. Basically I want to know, was it really you? Did you go to a country concert in scranton pa? If so, who was it because I can't remember (I saw a lot of concerts in Scranton over the past few years and I usually drink pretty heavily while I'm there), and did you enjoy yourself?
Yes I go up to montage a lot!!!! Love seeing the shows!!!!! And yes it was me!!!!! Thx
Were you ever involved in a storyline that you were looking forward to but it fell through?
Was supposed to have more of a feud with cena..... That would have been fun! And def worh watching
I have seen you around several times, near your home town. The mall, the market, and even the gym. This was many years ago, and you don't know me, but I just wanted to say thanks for giving our crummy little part of the state a reason to feel proud of one of its inhabitants.
Thx ...... Our area is far from crummy tho! I love where I'm from!!! NESQUEHONING!!!!!
When you clotheslined Paul London off the apron at the 2005 Royal Rumble, did you expect him to take that crazy bump? Did you feel bad about it?
I loved it and would do it again in a second
After your original gimmick, did you enjoy being repackaged as a monster on ECW? What the most memorable part of your ECW gimmick?
I was always a monster and always enjoyed it!!!! Loved ECW
Early wrestling memory?
Watching hulk hogan on TV
Why aren't there any "Nice" Genes? Seems like they are all Mean.
It's GENEtic lmfao!!!! C what I did there!!!!!
Gene, I just want to say reading this AMA was truly great. I just love how friendly and genuine you come off and seem really appreciative of everyone who came here to talk to you.
Thx! I truly love my fans and enjoyed every min of chatting w them!!!!
You punting the baby got the most uproarious laughter from myself, my father, and a friend watching RAW at the time. Priceless.
I don't really have a question. Just wanted to say you were good at what you did and barring some crappy gimmicks, you could've (and should've) gone much further. You're one of the few talented big dudes.
Thanks so much!!!! Glad I entertained you n your family...... I truly had a blast!!!!
No real question, just wanted to say hi, and I hope you can return to WWE sometime. Also, answer the top question please.
Hey Gene, hopefully you'll get back around to answer this:
I have low self esteem in real life. Can you give me a confidence boost using words?
You just have to stay positive and work hard and get a good education..... Things will fall into place
Do you know of Knokx Pro Academy? If so, would you recommend it? And no, it wasnt your fault.
Knox pro is awesome!!!! Tell them I sent ya.... I'm. Great friends with rikishi,Dave and Reno
Member when Kane gave you a Choke Slam off the ramp and was caught asking you if you were ok. What a sweetheart.
That makes me chuckle.... I hear this one a lot but that's simply not the case!!!!
Thanks for answering so many question Gene. I have a silly one for you. Would you rather wrestle 10 Hornswoggle sized Andre the Giants, or one Andre the Giant sized Hornswoggle?
That's physically impossible...... Just sayin
Did you ever turn down any angles they pitched? And how much of the angle with Kane was your idea?
Things always are changing I went with the flow but loved my character!!!!!!
How big is Batista's dick?
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