Wrestlers past and present commented on Mean Gene Okerlund’s passing. As reported this morning, Mene Gene passed away at the age of 76. Okerlund is considered to be one of the most recognizable interviewers in wrestling history, having spent time in the AWA, WWE and WCW.
Here are just a few of many wrestlers who commented on the passing of Mean Gene:
It was impossible not to crack a smile whenever “Mean” Gene Okerlund entered a room. He was the voice behind so many of WWE’s most iconic and entertaining moments, and the WWE family will miss him immensely. pic.twitter.com/zbrkQAvtug
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) January 3, 2019
The best partner I ever had. We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer. Gene would ask me “hey big man what do u want to do?” I would always answer “just follow you brother” and it worked from 1980 – 2017. RIP my brother HH pic.twitter.com/OBtn6NxT1E
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 3, 2019
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Goodbye to another dear friend and one of pro wrestling’s great and kind souls. Gene Okerlund brought the best out of every wrestler, much like Ed Whalen did for my father’s Stampede Wrestling. He made wrestling fun and funny. He had a brilliant sense of humour. I have much to thank him for. He gave me my confidence and helped me when I won my first WWE World Title in Saskatoon. I never looked back after that. Mean Gene was the best of the best, and there are no equals with a mic.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) January 2, 2019