WWE & WCW Superstars Pay Homage To ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund
WWE & WCW Legend “Mean” Gene Okerlund has died at the age of 76, WWE.com announced on Wednesday morning.
Okerlund joined WWE in 1984 prior to spending almost 15 years in the AWA.
He stayed with #WWE from 1984-1993.
Okerlund then went on to join WCW in 1993 and left around 2001.
He would also return in 2001 when WWE brought back #WCW and has had many spots backstage throughout the years after.
Mean Gene was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
Several Superstars paid homage to Okerlund which you can see below:
One Of My Closest Friends Since 1972 Until This Very Sad Day In 2019. Not Only The Greatest Voice And Personality In The History Of Announcing, But A Man Who Touched Everyone’s Life Who Were Fortunate Enough To Know Him. Rest In Peace Knowing No One Will Ever Replace You. pic.twitter.com/i7illbxQgw
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 2, 2019
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) January 2, 2019
So sad today to hear of the sudden passing of my dear friend @TheGeneOkerlund
I just saw Mean Gene in North Carolina at WrestleCade.
It’s so true that our tomorrow’s are never guaranteed.
Say hello to Jan, Mean Gene. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/PQ4ZZGmXnx
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 2, 2019
Mean Gene I love you my brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 2, 2019
Just heard Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away. As an interviewer, pitch man, announcer, or host, he was untouchable. Simply the best. Total professional with quick wit, sarcasm, humor, and that golden voice.
Condolences to his friends and family.
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) January 2, 2019
RIP MY BROTHER GENE MEAN. YOU PUT ME OVER LIKE NOBODY. I LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SINCE THE MINNESOTA. GIVE MY BROTHER NIKOLAI BUG HUG. GOD BLESS YOU. CAMERA MAN ZOOM IT. pic.twitter.com/5k0VRXbKMI
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) January 2, 2019
A voice and sound track to an entire era of our industry. He was the star of some of @WWE’s most memorable segments. “Mean Gene” was beloved by all who got to work with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. https://t.co/9ddj6372eE
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 2, 2019
Damn! “Super Dave” and “Mean Gene” both pass away today. Both at the age of 76. Bad way to start out the new year. pic.twitter.com/TNBmKdWAQU
— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) January 2, 2019
WWE universe has lost one of its greatest announcers and truly one of the nicest guys you’d ever know. “Mean” Gene Okerlund, RIP my friend pic.twitter.com/u3bS6pePmY
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) January 2, 2019
You were so good at what you did. I still remember most of your interviews. You helped inspire me to do what I do. I’m so happy I got the pleasure of sitting and talking to you during #Raw25 and #wrestlemania. RIP @TheGeneOkerlund :/ #wwe @wwe#ripgeneokerlund #ripmeangene pic.twitter.com/b1OVLg8x38
— Mike Rome (Austin R) (@MikeRomeWWE) January 2, 2019
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