The wrestling world has been rocked by the death of “Mean” Gene Okerlund, the veteran interviewer who was as much a part of WWE as Spandex and chokeholds.
Renowned for his announcing, ringside commentary and chats with such stars as Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura, his death at 76 was announced by the WWE company.
The news of “Mean” Gene Okerlund’s passing shook the WWE Universe and locker rooms to their core on Wednesday morning, and Superstars past and present were quick to post tributes to the iconic announcer on social media.
As the voice of WWE across several generations, it’s no surprise the late Okerlund has inspired some particularly heartfelt and emotional remembrances, both from Superstars with whom he shared a locker room and from those he inspired to lace up the boots, put their lips to a microphone, and tell their interviewer something that was on their mind.
Gene Okerlund touched the lives of everyone in pro wrestling during his nearly fifty years in the business.
Perhaps as noteworthy as his sometimes intense, sometimes hilarious, often iconic interviews with stars ranging from Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage & Ultimate Warrior to AJ Styles was his behind-the-scenes reputation as one of nicest, most professional people in the industry.