MIAMI HERALD: Remembering ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund

By JIM VARSALLONE – @jimmyv3 – Jan 2, 2019

A distinctive voice, a great hype man and a bona fide legend, longtime interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund died Wednesday in Sarasota, according to World Wrestling Entertainment.

The WWE Hall of Famer was 76.

A storied career spanning five decades, Okerlund worked for every major promotion, beginning in 1970 with the AWA. That promotion saw some time on ESPN in its later days, but his career really blossomed when the territories succumbed to the super powers, WWF and WCW, and he was seen nationally and internationally via these cable TV programming juggernauts.

With that exposure, Okerlund worked with every top name in the business, including Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Hearing Hogan answer Okerlund’s tremendous intros with “Let me tell you something, Mean Gene,” and Flair proclaiming, “Meeeeean Gene,” the profession stood in good hands … Read the Full Story HERE

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