Everyone wanted to share a few words about what Gene Okerlund meant to the wrestling world.
Iconic WWE announcer and interviewer "Mean" Gene Okerlund died at age 76.
Okerlund's ability to handle the mic and help elevate talent through his interviews stand's alone in pro wrestling lore. Okerlund worked for the American Wrestling Association for 13 years before joining Vince McMahon's WWE in 1983. He remained with WWE until 1993 when he left for WCW.
Okerlund underwent kidney transplants in 1995 and 2004.
From Booker T to Bret Hart to Randy Savage, "Mean" Gene's interviews will forever be part of the legacy of so many wrestlers.
Several past and current wrestlers took to social media to express their condolences and share one more memory about the WWE Hall of Famer.
GENE MEAN WAS BEST MAN AT MY WEDDING. WE DO HE SING HE DANCE HE ALWAYS WAS THERE FOR ME. ALWAYS LEADING THE WAY AT THE BAR WITH THE LEGEND. GOD BLESS HIM.— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) January 2, 2019
Just heard Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away. As an interviewer, pitch man, announcer, or host, he was untouchable. Simply the best. Total professional with quick wit, sarcasm, humor, and that golden voice.— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) January 2, 2019
Condolences to his friends and family.
Of the very few regrets I harbor in my career, one was never getting to scream "Mean Gene" when answering the queries of a man who presence was larger than life and ingrained in the better memories of my childhood.— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) January 2, 2019
RIP Mean Gene.
My condolences to the Okerlund family.
Take a look back at some of "Mean" Gene's biggest moments in his career here.