WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund sadly announced on Facebook that former WWE live events executive Ed Cohen died last Saturday. He was primarily responsible for securing the premises for non-televised shows.
At first, Cohen worked with Vince and Linda McMahon since live event revenues were the main source of revenue for the company at the time, says Okerlund. ” He stayed with WWE for many years but his failing health later became a problem and was less involved, ” he concludes.
“Sad to report that longtime WWE executive Ed Cohen diéd yesterday. Ed was basically in charge of securing venues for WWE house shows and later television takings. In the early years, Cohen was especially close in working with Vince and Linda McMahon because income from house shows was a main revenue stream for the then young company. Ed remained with the company for many years but his failing health became an issue in later years and he was less involved. RIP Ed Cohen.”
WWE also commented that Cohen had been instrumental in making live events a global phenomenon.