Saturday afternoon, fans on social media mourned the death of iconic TV host Regis Philbin, who died at the age of 88 due to natural causes. They shared tributes to the longtime TV personality while talking about his legendary career. However, many others focused on Philbin's impact on professional wrestling.
While Philbin became an icon for his role as the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, wrestling fans remember him for different reasons. He appeared at big events and featured several performers as guests on his shows. Whether he was putting on special wrestling-inspired outfits or trying to play tug-of-war, Philbin was entertaining fans of the sport. Many fans even believe that his dedication to these interviews proved that Philbin was a lifetime fan of professional wrestling.
WWE is saddened to learn that legendary entertainment figure Regis Philbin has passed away. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and fans. https://t.co/MuNtuOT6oq— WWE (@WWE) July 25, 2020
Philbin conducted interviews with The Undertaker and manager Paul Bearer during WrestleMania VII. He asked questions, but the professional wrestler didn't do anything other than conduct measurements. This moment became iconic considering that Philbin just rolled with the odd interview and made fans laugh at his jokes.prevnext
I will always remember how much respect Regis Philbin showed to the wrestling world. I grew up watching Regis and Kathy Lee because that was my mom’s favorite show. Rest peacefully, Regis❤️ pic.twitter.com/nhRyK1E8as— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) July 25, 2020
One of the more unique interviews on Live! With Regis and Kelly took place when Bret Hart arrived on set. The popular professional wrestler discussed his family's history with professional wrestling, as well as hailing from Canada. However, the jaw-dropping moment came when Hart choked out Philbin.prevnext
Regis Philbin had lots of wrestlers on his show over the years. Here’s a fun clip of him trying to beat Yokozuna in tug of war. #RIPRegisJuly 25, 2020
Here’s another clip of Regis Philbin “accidentally” getting Ultimate Warrior riled up on his show. pic.twitter.com/ZO90ZvlCxV— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) July 25, 2020
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RIP Regis Philbin 😔🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/er9RFhwrHT— 90s WWE (@90sWWE) July 25, 2020