The world of professional wrestling is mourning the death of a man who became a fixture of WWE broadcasts as an interviewer. World Wrestling Entertainment announced on its website that “Mean Gene” Okerlund, who interviewed wrestling superstars including Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior and Randy “Macho Man” Savage, died at 76.
Eugene Okerlund reportedly received the nickname “Mean Gene” from fellow Minnesotan Jesse “The Body” Ventura. After starting out with the American Wrestling Association, Okerlund made the move to WWE in 1984 and soon became one of the organization’s most recognizable personalities.
In addition to interviewing, Okerlund provided ringside commentary and hosted shows including “Tuesday Night Titans,” “Wrestling Challenge” and “Prime Time Wrestling.”