Legendary WWE Interviewer ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund Dies at 76 ,World Wrestling Entertainment declared Wednesday.
A cause of death was not released, but Okerlund has suffered serious health setbacks, including kidney transplants in 1995 and 2004, according to reports.
“Mean Gene was the voice of a large number of childhoods. Mine unquestionably,” tweeted current ring warrior Ettore “Enormous E” Ewen. “A respect to meet him.”
Okerlund sporadically entered the ring himself, teaming up with Hogan in 1984 to beat Mr. Fuji and George “The Animal” Steele. He wouldn’t come back to the ring until 2012, when he beat Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan “Blast From the Past” edition of “SmackDown.”
Okerlund was a recognizable face and voice for ages of wrestling enthusiasts, chronicling the endeavors of overwhelming figures including Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage over his about 50 years profession.
“We lost a wrestling legend on the microphone. The exceptional “Mean Gene” Okerlund,” said, The Rock.
Okerlund got his start as an announcer and interviewer for the American Wrestling
Association in 1970, taking riveted viewers inside the psyches of the sport’s stars, among them Hogan, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and fellow Minnesota local Jesse “The Body” Ventura, as indicated by WWE.
At the debut WrestleMania in 1985, it was the flexible Okerlund who belted out the National Anthem.
“As an interviewer, pitch man, host, he was distant. Essentially the best,” tweeted “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. “Add up to proficient with brisk mind, mockery, humor, and that brilliant voice.”
In 1983, he left the AWA for the World Wrestling Federation,later renamed the WWE — and worked in the background as a locker-room interviewer, notwithstanding giving ringside analysis and facilitating a few shows, for example, “All American Wrestling,” “Tuesday Night Titans,” “Wrestling Challenge,” and “Prime Time Wrestling.” He likewise loaned his voice to a portion of the more melodic parts of the business, playing out the National Anthem at the first WrestleMania in 1985 and singing “Tutti Frutti” on WWE’s “The Wrestling Album.”
Following a long-term profession with the WWE, Okerlund was eventually inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hogan and a large group of other wrestling figures, who required some serious energy on Wednesday to recollect the veteran broadcaster.
In 1993, Okerlund transitioned once again to World Championship Wrestling before returning to the WWE in 2001, where he declared the “Contrivance Battle Royal” with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan on “WrestleMania X-Seven.” Soon after, he proceeded to have the off camera unique program “WWE Confidential” for its entire run.