Gene Okerland, who we learned today (Jan. 2) died at age 76, was one of the most universally beloved figures in wrestling history. It’s not surprising that the memories and reflections from his co-workers and famous fans were too much for one post.
For a first batch of remembrances, click here.
I consider a good “pro-wrestler” somebody who can cover all the elements…from cameras to commentary. Gene Okerlund was a MASTER of knowing and executing everything he did so as to make the story clear for us. He put a voice to many of our childhoods. He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/YmKr1bqyd8
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) January 2, 2019
Gene Okerlund was always a consummate pro. His iconic voice, personality, and talent helped so many superstars climb to the top.
I am deeply saddened by his passing. RIP Mean Gene.
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) January 2, 2019
Very sad day as I hear of the passing of another legend. Lots of fond memories with old Mean Gene and the Goldberg family ….. you will be missed my friend. @TheGeneOkerlund
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) January 2, 2019
Mean Gene Okerlund. Sorry for the auto correct of such a fine man. RIP.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) January 2, 2019
Mean Gene was universally loved by everyone I’ve met that knew him.
Very few people can say that their work will forever be appreciated and remembered. Very few can legitimately claim to be legends in their field.
Those things can undoubtedly be said about him. #RIPMeanGene
— Soon. (@FightOwensFight) January 2, 2019
I’m sad today! I only worked with “Mean” Gene professionally once but I spent a lot of time personally with him. What a gentleman and a professional. The voice of a couple of “Eras” and definitely of a generation! God Speed and #RIPMeanGene
— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) January 2, 2019
Very sad to hear of his passing. He was incredible at what he did. Watching him was how I learned that every single role is important. He taught me that if you don’t care then they won’t care. Thoughts go out to his family. https://t.co/HK68HfcPhE
— Austin Creeds finally going to MagFest (@XavierWoodsPhD) January 2, 2019
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) January 2, 2019
I remember the first time I met Gene.
Gene: “Spud – I was walking around the offices of Titan Towers in Stamford CT. Do you know who was talking about you?”
Me: “OMG – Who Gene?”
Gene: “Absolutely f’n NOBODY!”
God bless you sir #RIPMeanGene
— Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) January 2, 2019
Mean Gene was one of my favorite people to be around. He was a man who loved the pro wrestling business and everything it had to offer. And treated everyone the same no matter who you were. He is a reminder to enjoy every step of whatever your journey is. #ripmeangene
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) January 2, 2019
Devastated today hearing of the passing of Mean Gene. Truly one of the greatest in our industry. Thankful that I ever got to meet him and shake his hand. #RIPGeneOkerlund
— Viktor (@ViktorRiseWWE) January 2, 2019
One of the most respected & never will be forgotten! Thank you for always being so kind when I would see you! Legends never die https://t.co/2A8p3xoeLj
— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) January 2, 2019