"Mean" Gene Okerlund, WWE Hall of Famer, dead at 76

WWE Corridor of Famer “Imply” Gene Okerlund, who for years interviewed wrestling icons from Hulk Hogan to the Iron Sheikh, has died. He used to be 76.

WWE stated in a observation that it’s “saddened” to be informed concerning the announcer and host’s demise, and prolonged its condolences to his circle of relatives, pals and lovers. No additional main points had been supplied about his demise.

Okerlund were given his “Imply Gene” moniker from fellow Minnesotan Jesse Ventura. He first made his identify by means of doing interviews for the American Wrestling Affiliation prior to he moved to the WWE in 1984. Okerlund used to be identified for his “difficult questions,” says the WWE, and his interviews with WWE superstars, particularly Hogan. 

Hogan, who used to be identified for pronouncing to Okerlund, “Neatly you recognize one thing, ‘Imply’ Gene!” paid tribute to him on Twitter, pronouncing, “Imply Gene I really like you my brother.”

As Okerlund’s megastar rose, he began to supply ringside observation and host displays, together with “All-American Wrestling,” “Tuesday Night time Titans,” “Wrestling Problem” and “High Time Wrestling.” He even sang the Nationwide Anthem on the first WrestleMania in 1985. 

Okerlund left the WWE in 1993 for the WCW prior to returning to the WWE in 2001. He marked his go back by means of calling the “Gimmick Struggle Royal at WrestleMania 17.” Just lately, Okerlund seemed on “Uncooked 25,” which celebrated the 25th anniversary of “WWE Uncooked.” Okerlund used to be additionally a solid member on WWE Networks’ “Legends’ Space.” 

WWE stars, previous and provide, remembered Okerlund on social media. 

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