WWE Stars Mourn Hall Of Famer ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund, Dead At 76

We are so sad to report the loss of a legend in the pro wrestling world.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76 after numerous health battles, per a statement released by the WWE.

Okerlund began his career as a wrestling announcer way back in 1970 with the American Wresting Association then moved to the WWF (which eventually became the WWE) in the ’80s. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

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As a backstage interviewer, Okerlund was the ultimate straight man, possessed of the rare talent to keep a poker face while giants like Macho Man Randy Savage and Nature Boy Ric Flair flexed and screamed in his face about what they were going to do to their opponents.

Immediately after the news hit, tributes came pouring in on Twitter from stars of the industry past and present. See just a few of the countless final messages to Mean Gene (below):

 

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Jan 2, 2019 10:24am PDT

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