“Ya know somethin’ Mean Gene” was one of the most iconic lines from pro wrestling in the 80s. We’re sad to hear today that WWE Hall of Fame TV announcer “Mean Gene” Okerlund has died. He was 76.

Known mostly as an interviewer, Mean Gene did step in the ring a couple times! Here is training with Hulk Hogan!

I only got to see Gene in person once. I was 15 years old when my mother somehow got me tickets to WrestleMania 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After much digging today, I found a pic of Mean Gene with Gladys Knight (who sang “God Bless America” to start the day) and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach. All three have now passed away.

There were many reactions on social media today from Mean Gene Okerlund’s wrestling friends.

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