“Mean” Gene Okerland, the most famous voice in wrestling for almost 50 years, has passed at 76. Okerland started his career in Nebraska as a DJ before catching on with American Wrestling in 1970. He was arguably the best interviewer in any “sport” and always seemed to bring out the best in his guests. His broadcast sidekick in the 80’s, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, was credited with giving Okerland his nickname. Among his highlights in the WWE, he wrestled as the tag team partner of Hulk Hogan and once pinned Mr. Fuji in a match in 1984. Okerland also sang the national anthem at Wrestlemania, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, introduced by Hulk Hogan.
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