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 Post subject: RIP Mean Gene Okerlund
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:47 pm 
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Legendary WWE interviewer "Mean" Gene Okerlund has died at the age of 76, announced Wednesday.

Okerlund joined WWE in 1984 after spending nearly 15 years in the AWA. He remained with WWE from 1984-1993 and then worked for WCW from 1993-2001 and became the most notable interviewer in professional wrestling history in the process.

His contributions were celebrated in 2006 when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

After WWE bought WCW in 2001, Okerlund returned to the company as a jack of all trades and announced the gimmick battle royal at WrestleMania X-Seven alongside fellow Hall of Famer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

While he didn't appear regularly on weekly programming, Okerlund showed up sporadically and acted as a host and narrator for many WWE side projects, including DVDs and WWE Network content.

More recently, Okerlund was among the stars on the WWE Network reality series Legends' House, which aired in 2014 and featured other WWE Hall of Famers, including "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.

In January, Okerlund made a special appearance on the 25th anniversary edition of Raw and interviewed AJ Styles.

Several current and former Superstars paid homage to Okerlund on Twitter, including Triple H, The Iron Sheik and Big E:

The ingredients might come from the Caribbean. The South Pacific might have made it famous. But the Mai Tai comes from California and is so by-God American that any bartender who can't make it should be shot for treason.
--Joe Bob Briggs 2000

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:08 pm 
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Greatest pro wrestling color commentator there ever was.

Sold awful hamburgers.


Also had a pretty damn great band in his younger days.


We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.


Viva El Scroties!


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