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The wrestling world remembers Regis Philbin

As a talk show host based out of WWE’s “home field” in New York City from the mid-1980s until his retirement in 2011, Regis Philbin had frequent interactions with wrestlers on Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee and Live! With Regis & Kelly.

The Notre Dame graduate and Navy vet never poked fun at pro wrestling, and genuinely seemed to enjoy playing along. That’s probably because he was said to be a fan of the business - and a big Classy Freddie Blassie fan.

It’s also probably why WWE enlisted his services on several occasions, most famously as the co-host of WrestleMania VII, where he also provided guest commentary on the Hulk Hogan/Sgt. Slaughter main event.

Philbin died last week (July 24) at the age of 88. Over the weekend, WWE and many of the wrestlers who had the pleasure of working with “Reeg” shared memories and said their goodbyes to the beloved personality.

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