WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Dies at 76
The new legend of the fight "The" Gene Okerlund has died today. After being in the spotlight for decades interviewing various major stars of the fight, fans will never forget the undeniable voice of Okerlund. The news of WWE's Hall of Famer's death comes from a press release issued by the company, without specifying the cause of death. Her famous personality of the fight leaves behind her wife Jeanne, nearly 54 years old, and their two grown children. Okerlund was 76 years old.
The nickname "Mean" of Okerlund was first coined by Jesse "The Body" Ventura during an interview for the American Wrestling Alliance, where Okerlund began for the first time. The name has remained, and Okerlund will use the nickname for the rest of his career in various promotions. Okerlund would work for 14 years for the AWA, where he would interview many future stars of the fight before they became very famous. With Ventura, this includes people like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Andre the Giant. At the end of 1983, however, Okerlund noticed the growing popularity of the World Wrestling Federation, which jumped aboard the WWF in 1984.
For nine years, Okerlund will be the preferred interlocutor of the WWF. During this time, he participated in some of the most memorable interview segments in wrestling history, speaking with stars such as Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat . Okerlund even took part in a team match for the company, teaming up with Hogan against Mr. Fuji and George "The Animal" Steele. With humor, Okerlund took the win for the team by pinning Mr. Fuji. Also during his tenure at the WWF, Okerlund appeared in an episode of The A-Team and was even featured as a character in the cartoon series The Rock & # 39; n Wrestling by Hulk Hogan
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In the early 90s, Okerlund would leave the WWF to join World Championship Wrestling. He had found several famous stars whom he had previously interviewed in AWA and the WWF, again offering new memorable interviews. This includes Hulk Hogan, who became mean at the time with NWO's growing popularity. Okerlund is said to have mostly participated in interviews but would have managed to play two more matches in the ring during his WCW race. With his partner Buff Bagwell, Okerlund defeated other announcers, Mark Madden and Chris Kanyon, in a team match. Madden and Okerlund will have a face-to-face match a week later, with Okerlund scoring again. For those who stay the course, it means that Okerlund is undefeated as a wrestler.
Okerlund would eventually return home to WWF in 2001, and the company would become WWE a year later. The legend of the wrestling would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 and participate in WWE programs in the years that followed. Okerlund made his final appearance on WWE television in January of last year, interviewing WWE World Heavyweight Champion, A.J. Modes. So his latest TV spot should make him the best he can by providing another memorable interview with a wrestling world champion. This information comes from WWE.com.