WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund, who interviewed wrestling icons for years, has passed away.

He was 76.

WWE confirmed Gene’s passing and paid tribute to him in a statement on their official website:

“Mean Gene”, as he was named by fellow Minnesotan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, first came to prominence as an interviewer in the American Wrestling Association. In 1984, Okerlund made the move to WWE where he became as recognizable as the Superstars he asked the tough questions too, including “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and, perhaps Okerlund’s greatest guest, Hulk Hogan. Countless Hulkster interviews included the indelible phrase, “Well you know something ‘Mean’ Gene!”

As the respected and reliable man behind the microphone in WWE, Okerlund branched out from interviewing and provided ringside commentary and hosted several shows, including All-American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling.

Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Ted DiBiase, and The Iron Sheik were among the many wrestling stars and fans who took to social media to pay tribute to “Mean” Gene:


My sincerest condolences to the Okerlund family and all who loved “Mean” Gene.

Rest in peace.

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