If you remember professional wrestling in the 80s images of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and other titans may be etched in your memory.
No matter who it was, they all stood next to one man who over time became just as iconic.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund is just as part of wrestling nostalgia as Wrestlemania and Hulkamania. He died on either Jan. 1 or 2, according to World Wrestling Entertainment.
The unassuming man was there for every iconic over-the-top interview, holding a microphone, dishing questions and at times taking part in the tomfoolery.
“Mean, wooooo, Gene,” Ric Flair would say before going on be the man.
“You know something Mean Gene,” Hogan would rhetorically ask before going into a tirade of revenge.
Over time, wrestlers came and went, but Okerlund was the consistent variable in the pageantry that was professional wrestling in the 80s and 90s.
Fans of WWE (then WWF) or WCW will remember Okerlund, but for those locally may remember the now-defunct “Mean Gene Burgers,” in Truth or Consequences.
Either way, a cultural icon is now gone.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76. https://t.co/DyPiEiVLoV— WWE (@WWE) January 2, 2019
I’m so heart broken to hear of the passing of Mean Gene!! Thank you Gene for the laughs, advice, and most of a wonderful friendship! #wwe. #legend. #friend pic.twitter.com/hM7E9VoDIa— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) January 2, 2019