By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
“Mean” Gene Okerlund was the best interviewer in wrestling history. He died on Wednesday at 76.
It is unclear how exactly he died. However, he did have two kidney transplants in the past — the first being in 1995 and the second in 2004.
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at 76.”
He began his wrestling career after leaving a radio position to work for American Wrestling Association in 1970. He filled in as a ring announcer and interviewer.
In 1984, he left American Wrestling Association to join the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) in 1984 through 1993. Then, he left WWF for World Championship Wrestling from 1993 through 20001.
Okerlund returned to the WWF and the transition to WWE from 2001 through 2018. He made an appearance at the company’s 25th anniversary show on January 22nd, 2018 to interview A.J. Styles.
Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. His presenter was Hulk Hogan.
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