Jim Ross comments on the passing of Gene Kiniski.
“The great Gene Kiniski passed away from cancer this week and the business lost one of its all time greats and a true pioneer who had a dominating career in the ring. ‘Canada’s Greatest Athlete’ had an awesome motor and was an aggressive, athletic big man who stood 6’5″-270 pounds. The former college and CFL football player turned pro wrestler was NWA Champion from 1966-69 and won the title from the truly immortal Lou Thesz in St. Louis. Beating Thesz in Lou’s home town was no small task. ‘Big Thunder’ could be described as relentless, intense, and aggressive and his cardio was beyond reproach. I loved the few times that I got to visit with the colorful Kiniski who was a skilled verbalizer and an entertaining man to have a beer with and engage in conversation about a variety of topics. Gene Kiniski will be missed and I send my family’s heartfelt condolences to Gene’s family and friends. Thanks, Gene, for making wrestling better for all of us who followed you.”