Gene Okerlund (1942 - 2019)

  • "Loved watching him on WWF ,WCW doing all those interviews..."
    - Kyle Cleveland
  • "Always Remembered,Never Forgotten"
    - Juan DeMarco
  • "I enjoyed Gene's interviews with wrestlers back in the day...."
    - Pam
  • "My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. "
    - Lou
  • "God bless gene"
    - Phil tartaglia
Obituary

Mean Gene Okerlund George Napolitano/ MediaPunch /IPX Gene Okerlund in the Singers Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
“Mean” Gene Okerlund (1942 – 2019) was the star announcer for professional wrestling for many years. He came to fame as the face of the WWE, moving later to the rival WCW, returning to the WWE for the remainder of his career.

Okerlund interviewed wrestling’s biggest personalities, helping to turn stars into superstars. He played the straight man while the wrestlers would do their trademark over the top trash talk. He shared the screen with Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior and other legends.

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Wrestler Jesse Ventura gave Okerlund his nickname, calling him the “Mean Gene Hot Air Machine,” during an interview.

He was also a singer in rock and country bands and sang the national anthem at the first Wrestlemania in 1985.

He was inducted by Hulk Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

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