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 Posted: Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 02:57 pm
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According to WWE.com 
"WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76. In his early days, “Mean Gene”, as he was named by fellow Minnesotan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura first came to prominence by interviewing the greatest stars of the AWA, including Ventura, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Hulk Hogan. In 1984, Okerlund made the move to WWE where he became a staple on national cable television by continuing to interview the biggest names in sports-entertainment like Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and many more. Okerlund branched out from interviewing by providing ringside commentary and hosting several shows, including All-American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling. Announcing wasn’t all that Okerlund could do with a microphone, as his distinct voice sung the National Anthem at the first WrestleMania in 1985. Later that year, Okerlund would sing “Tutti Frutti” on WWE’s The Wrestling Album. In 1993, Okerlund joined WCW as lead interviewer where he continued to interview many of the legends he had worked with in the AWA and WWE as well as WCW stalwarts, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg and others. In 2001, Okerlund returned to WWE to call the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania 17 along with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and continued to appear on WWE television programming, including being a cast member on WWE Network’s Legends’ House. WWE extends its condolences to Okerlund’s family, friends and fans."



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Damn :(

RIP Mean Gene



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bpickering wrote: Damn :(

RIP Mean Gene

This. Damn, damn, damn.
RIP Gene.



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Shitty way to start the year. Absolutely iconic. I actually thought he was older.



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srossi wrote: Shitty way to start the year. Absolutely iconic. I actually thought he was older.

Me too. The last couple of times they brought him back for Old School Raw, I could have sworn he was in his 80s.

Sad news.

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RIP to Mean Gene- I just saw him in the Andre the Giant documentary, he was older, but don't know when that document is from.

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RIP Mean Gene. I know I'm going to get heat for this, but I thought he was extremely underrated as a commentator for the WWF. I liked him far better in that role than Bobby Heenan (who was a great manager).

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RIP Gene Mean.

Watch his eyes when he interviews...says as much with his eyes as his voice

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RIP Gene Mean. A true professional who completely "got it".



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Well that's a drag.


Rest In Peace Gene.

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RIP. Perfect on the AWA interview segments.



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IMO he along with Heenan had the best timing of any announcers/interviewers there were...sharp wit with both those guys, and now they're both gone...sucks..



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Mean Gene sings



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