One of wrestling’s legendary voices is gone.
“Well lemme tell ya something, Mean Gene!”
Old school WWF/WWE fans will certainly remember that iconic phrase, always kicking off one of Hulk Hogan’s interview segments in the ’80s and early ’90s.
Sadly, WWE is reporting that Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund has died, at age 76.
Scooped up from Minnesota’s AWA territory by the WWF’s Vince McMahon in 1984, Okerlund was the man with the mic backstage, interviewing everyone from Hogan to Randy Savage to Ultimate Warrior to Andre the Giant. Okerlund would also serve as a ringside commentator and a host for shows like All-American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling.
In 1993, Okerlund made the jump over to WCW where he finished out his pro-wrestling broadcast career.
WWE posted the following statement:
WWE extends its condolences to Okerlund’s family, friends and fans.
A voice and sound track to an entire era of our industry. He was the star of some of @WWE’s most memorable segments. “Mean Gene” was beloved by all who got to work with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. https://t.co/9ddj6372eE
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 2, 2019
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