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Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin & More React To “Mean” Gene Okerlund Passing Away

Mean Gene Okerlund

• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (January 02, 1995) – WWF Monday Night RAW

On this day in 1995, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.

It was taped at the Liberty Central High School in Liberty, New York and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1995’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka vs. Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith

2. Duke Droese vs. Mike Bell

3. Jeff Jarrett vs. Buck Quartermaine

4. Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka

• Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin & More React To “Mean” Gene Okerlund Passing Away

As we noted earlier, WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund passed away at the age of 76.

Below is what WWE posted about this sad story:

“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.

In his early days, “Mean Gene”, as he was named by fellow Minnesotan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura first came to prominence by interviewing the greatest stars of the AWA, including Ventura, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Hulk Hogan. In 1984, Okerlund made the move to WWE where he became a staple on national cable television by continuing to interview the biggest names in sports-entertainment like Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and many more.

Okerlund branched out from interviewing by providing ringside commentary and hosting several shows, including All-American Wrestling, Tuesday Night Titans, Wrestling Challenge and Prime Time Wrestling. Announcing wasn’t all that Okerlund could do with a microphone, as his distinct voice sung the National Anthem at the first WrestleMania in 1985. Later that year, Okerlund would sing “Tutti Frutti” on WWE’s The Wrestling Album.

In 1993, Okerlund joined WCW as lead interviewer where he continued to interview many of the legends he had worked with in the AWA and WWE as well as WCW stalwarts, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg and others.

In 2001, Okerlund returned to WWE to call the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania 17 along with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and continued to appear on WWE television programming, including being a cast member on WWE Network’s Legends’ House.

WWE extends its condolences to Okerlund’s family, friends and fans.”

Below is how the wrestling world reacted to this legend’s passing:

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