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Encyclopedia > Gene Okerlund
Mean Gene Okerlund
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Ring name(s) Mean Gene
Mean Gene Okerlund
Gene Okerlund
Billed height 5' 8"
Billed weight 209
Born November 29, 1938 (1938-11-29) (age 68)
Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Debut 1974
Retired April 24, 2004

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A graduate of West Virginia University, Okerlund got his start at an AM talk radio station KOIL-AM 1280 in Omaha, Nebraska as a disc jockey. He segued out of radio into a position at the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in the early 1970s when he occasionally filled in for ailing ring announcer and interviewer Marty O'Neill, eventually becoming O'Neill's permanent replacement by the end of the decade. He would stay with the AWA until 1984, when he was one of many AWA personnel to join the expanding World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He would stay with the WWF for nine years as their top interviewer, and was host of such WWF shows as All American Wrestling. In early 1993, he left the WWF, and would become an interviewer for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was with WCW until it was sold on March 26, 2001 to the WWF. West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a clinical campus for... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... Nickname: Motto: (Latin) Courageously in every enterprise Location in Nebraska Coordinates: , Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D)  - City Clerk Buster Brown  - City Council District 1: Jim Suttle District 2: Frank Brown District 3: Jim Vokal District 4: Garry Gernandt (Council... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling organization. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which existed from 1988 to 2001. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Okerlund then returned to WWF (renamed WWE in 2002), as his first post-WCW assignment for the company was as a commentator for the Gimmick Battle Royal during WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1, 2001, along with Bobby Heenan. He would go on to host WWE Confidential in 2002, and was there during its entire two-year run. In 2004, he received a kidney transplant, and fully recovered from the operation. As of 2007, he still makes occasional appearances for WWE. Also see: 2002 (number). ... In professional wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestlers personality, behavior, attire and/or other distinguishing traits while performing. ... WrestleMania X-Seven was the seventeenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by the World Wrestling Federation. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WWE Confidential was a show that aired on late Saturday nights after Velocity. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


During his WWE Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech he requestd to buried face down upon his death so his critics can "Kiss my ass". WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ...


Okerlund is perhaps most famed for interviewing Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. During the interview, Hogan would start off saying "Well ya know something, Mean Gene" and Flair would say “‘Meeeeeeeeeeean! WOOOOOOOOOO...Gene!”. The Iron Sheik referred to Okerlund as Gene Mean. Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... Hossein Khosrow Vaziri (حسین خسرو وزیری in Persian), better known as The Iron Sheik (born on March 15, 1943 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian professional wrestler. ...


Hulk Hogan inducted Okerlund into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Mean Gene is also hosts WWE Madison Square Garden Classics, a weekly series, airing on the MSG Network, featuring classic WWE matches that took place at Madison Square Garden from the last four decades. He also is the host for the WWE 24/7 Hall Of Fame section, which takes a look at a different WWE Hall Of Famer each month. WWE Madison Square Garden Classics is a show on the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The Madison Square Garden Network, now shortened to simply MSG, is a regional cable television and radio network serving the New York City area. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... WWE 24/7 is a video on demand television service provided by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Trivia

  • He was given the nickname Mean Gene by Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
  • He sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the first WrestleMania.
  • His name has been associated with fast food chain, Mean Gene’s Burgers, and a chain of pizzerias located within bowling alleys, Mean Gene's Pizza. These are owned by Hot Stuff Foods, which was headed by two of his nephews. Early in 2006, Okerlund and Hot Stuff split. Okerlund and one of the nephews were planning to start their own food company on the brands, but Hot Stuff sued, claiming they had "Mean Gene" trademarked. Okerlund lost, with the judge saying that Okerlund can't use the name "Mean Gene" for his new food company. Okerlund succeeded in cancelling the trademark registrations held by Orion, but remains enjoined from competing with Orion.
  • Gene's son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987. Todd played in the 1988 United States Olympics team that competed in Calgary. He played four games with the NHL's New York Islanders. A chronic knee injury ultimately forced his early retirement.
  • In 1984, Okerlund was a one-time wrestler as he and Hulk Hogan faced Mr. Fuji and George Steele in Minneapolis. He was supposed to stay on the apron and let Hogan fight, but when Hogan gave him a high-5, the referee mistook it for a tag. Okerlund had to go in, but before his opponent touched him, he quickly got out of the way and tagged Hogan back in. The result: Okerlund pinned Mr. Fuji for the victory.
  • Okerlund was also part of one of the most infamous bloopers in pro wrestling history at WWF SummerSlam '89. Okerlund was set to interview WWF Intercontinental Champion Rick Rude and Rude's manager Bobby Heenan prior to Rude's title defense against The Ultimate Warrior when the SummerSlam backdrop fell backwards. The shot of the Summerslam backdrop falling can be seen in the video induction of Mean Gene at the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. An off-camera Vince McMahon could be heard saying "Nice move", followed by Okerlund yelling "Fuck it". The cameras immediately cut away to a live shot of the crowd, with play-by-play announcer Tony Schiavone and color commentator Jesse "The Body" Ventura attempting to restore order. After a short while, Okerlund's interview with Rude and Heenan went as planned.
  • Always considered a neutral commentator throughout his career, he was given a "dirty old man" gimmick by Vince Russo in WCW, where he would stare at the breasts of the women he interviewed and would lust after WCW interviewer/announcer Pamela Paulshock.
  • Due to a neck injury he suffered in WWE/WWF during his first stint there, he couldn't take any punishment from wrestlers to further angles or characters, as it is common practice for wrestlers to "rough up" announcers to do so. The best example of this is when he was about to be the recipient of a "Cutter" move from Chris Kanyon, only for the camera to cut away. By the time the camera shifted its way back to his position he was already down, indicating he didn't really take the move.
  • On November 12, 1985, Okerlund along with Hulk Hogan, Bobby Heenan, Ricky Steamboat, Davey Boy Smith, Corporal Kirchner, Dynamite Kid and Big John Studd appeared on The A-Team.

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References

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Gene Okerlund - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (612 words)
Eugene “Mean Gene” Okerlund (born November 29, 1942 in Sisseton, South Dakota), is a professional wrestling interviewer and announcer.
Okerlund would then re-join the WWF (renamed WWE in 2002), as his first post-WCW assignment for the company was as a commentator for the Gimmick Battle Royal during WrestleMania X-Seven along with Bobby Heenan.
Okerlund was also part of one of the most infamous bloopers in pro wrestling history at WWF Summerslam '89.
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