Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Steve Austin and more pay tribute to Mean Gene

If you weren’t watching wrestling during the 80s you have no idea how important Mean Gene Okerlund was in shaping a generation of fans.

He was the interviewer/hype man/commentator who told it like it was and called out the heels for their actions. Mean Gene would verbally spar with the finest talkers in wrestling history without missing a beat. He was the straight man for Bobby the Brain Heenan, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper and will forever be known as the way to kick off a promo with ‘Lemme tell you something Mean Gene!’

I’ve been on an 80s kick lately so this one feels like it hurts more than some other legends as I was rediscovering how awesome Mean Gene was with everything in wrestling.

mean gene reunites with some old pals from the 80s

Here are some tributes from some of his peers.

 

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