Legendary Wrestling Broadcaster Gene Okerlund Passes Away
Legendary WWE interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund has died at the age of 76, WWE.COM announced Wednesday.
Okerlund joined WWE in 1984 after spending nearly 15 years in the AWA. He remained with WWE from 1984-1993 and then worked for WCW from 1993-2001 and became the most notable interviewer in professional wrestling history in the process.
His contributions were celebrated in 2006 when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
After WWE bought WCW in 2001, Okerlund returned to the company as a jack of all trades and announced the gimmick battle royal at WrestleMania X-Seven alongside fellow Hall of Famer Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
The South Dakota native will be remembered for several unique traits, including his signature mustache, horseshoe-pattern hair and velvety voice.
He also notably had remarkable chemistry with Hulk Hogan, who started each interview with Okerlund by uttering the famous phrase, “Let me tell you something, Mean Gene.”
Mean Gene was present throughout the rise of Hulkamania in WWE, and he was an underrated aspect of Hogan’s enormous success.
Few non-wrestlers have made an impact on the business as big and long-lasting as Okerlund’s, and there will likely never be another backstage interviewer as beloved and appreciated as him.
( Bleacher Report )