WWE has as we speak introduced that legendary skilled wrestling interviewer, announcer and host "Mean" Gene Okerlund has handed away on the age of 76. At this time, particulars of Okerlund's loss of life haven't but been revealed.
Okerlund, a WWE Hall of Famer, made the transfer to the promotion in 1984 the place he turned a staple within the trade by conducting interviews with the largest names in sports-entertainment comparable to Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Andre The Giant and others. He earned his "Mean Gene" nickname due to fellow Minnesotan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
As WWE notes, Okerlund branched out from interviewing by offering ringside commentary and internet hosting a number of exhibits, together with All-American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling. He additionally sung the National Anthem on the first WrestleMania in 1985 and sang “Tutti Frutti” on WWE’s The Wrestling Album later that 12 months.
In 1993, Okerlund joined WCW as lead interviewer the place he continued to interview lots of the legends he had labored with within the AWA and WWE in addition to WCW stalwarts, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg and others.
In 2001, Okerlund returned to WWE to name the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania 17 together with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and continued to seem on WWE tv programming, together with being a forged member on WWE Network’s Legends’ House.
Many present and former wrestling superstars have taken to social media as we speak to have a good time the life and profession of Mean Gene.