WWE Superstars and legends react to Gene Okerlund’s passing

WWE stars pay tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund

WWE stars pay tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund

Okerland's announcing days in wrestling began by happenstance, as American Wrestling Association (AWA) promoter Verne Gagne asked Okerlund, then working at a neighboring Minneapolis TV station, to fill in one night in 1971 for another broadcaster.

WWE has today announced that legendary professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and host "Mean" Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76.

His cause of death was not revealed by the WWE.

Okerlund became a staple on national cable television through interviewing some of the biggest names in sports entertainment, such as "Macho Man" Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.

Former wrestler and ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who wrestled as "The Body", dubbed Okerlund "Mean Gene".

My condolences to the Okerlund family'.

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Hogan tweeted, "Mean Gene I love you my brother". Besides being the company's lead locker room interviewer, he also provided ringside commentary.

Like many other wrestling legends, Nash's post was honest and depicted Okerlund as one of the kindest men in the industry.

Famed WWE legend "Mean Gene" Okerlund has died.

Okerlund's assurance and professional composure in front of the camera provided the ideal counterpoint for the then-WWF's hyper-exaggerated superstars, and he quickly became a staple across all the brand's output.

An off-the-ring professional wrestling icon has passed away. "Goodbye my friend and thank you for making my life a better one once I met you", Nash wrote. I'll always remember Gene with a smile on his face and a drink in his hand and always wanting to help. He was reunited with WWE after the promotion bought WCW in 2001.

NXT UK grappler Ligero said: "Extremely sad news to hear of the unfortunate passing of Mean Gene Okerlund". Mine certainly. An honor to meet him.

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