Sad news out of the wrestling world as iconic WWE broadcaster “Mean” Gene Okerlund has passed away. He was 76.
WWE confirmed Okerlund’s death via their official website. A cause of death has yet to be announced.
Before debuting with the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1984, Okerlund worked with the American Wrestling Association (AWA) for 14 years as a ring announcer. Okerlund would leave WWF for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1993 and work for the promotion for eight years before returning to the WWF, which would become World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for the remainder of his career.
Okerlund's interview prowess and classic voice have become the anchor of some of the most iconic backstage and in-ring promo moments in WWE history from "Macho Man" Randy Savage, to Hulk Hogan, to Ric Flair and many more.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage calls Ricky Steamboat a cup of coffee: Prime Time Wrestling, March 23, 1987
Randy Savage says Ricky Steamboat isn't in the big time. Get your first month of WWE Network for FREE: http://wwenetwork.com Subscribe to WWE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1i64OdT Visit WWE.com: http://goo.gl/akf0J4 Must-See WWE videos on YouTube: https://goo.gl/QmhBof
Hulk Hogan looks forward to facing Andre The Giant in the second round of the WWE Championship Tournament at WrestleMania 4. More WWE - http://www.wwe.com/
What's it like to be the new WWE Champion? Just ask Ric Flair when he is joined by his 'Executive Consultant' Mr. Perfect. Gene Okerlund interviews. From WWE Wrestling Challenge 9/19/92. #wweclassics More WWE - http://www.wwe.com/
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Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.