Gene Okerlund

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Eugene Arthur Okerlund (December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019), better known by his ring name "Mean" Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host.wikipedia
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WWE Hall of Fame

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Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan.
Due to no original ceremony, the 1993 introduction of André was discussed by Gene Okerlund and Renee Young as part of the 1994 commentary.

Tuesday Night Titans

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He stayed with the WWF for nine years as their top interviewer and was host of such WWF shows as [[List of former World Wrestling Entertainment programming#All American Wrestling (1983–1994)|All-American Wrestling]] and Tuesday Night Titans.
In episode 87, Gene Okerlund replaced McMahon as host and remained host for the last 13 episodes.

American Wrestling Association

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Okerlund left the radio industry for a position at the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1970, where 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.
Some of the AWA's other top talent, including announcer "Mean Gene" Okerlund, manager Heenan, and wrestlers Adrian Adonis, Ken Patera, Jim Brunzell, David Schultz, Wendi Richter and Jesse Ventura also jumped to the WWF.

WWF Superstars of Wrestling

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Okerlund appeared at SummerSlam 1993 and made his final WWF appearance on the September 18, 1993 edition of Superstars.
Before that, WWF Superstars Of Wrestling was the name of a weekly recap show hosted by Vince McMahon (or Gene Okerlund) and Lord Alfred Hayes that lasted from 1984 through August 1986.

The Ultimate Warrior

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Okerlund was set to interview WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Rude's manager Bobby Heenan prior to Rude's title defense against The Ultimate Warrior when the SummerSlam backdrop fell backwards.
Warrior began appearing on house shows in June and was initially billed as The Dingo Warrior in house card promos by Gene Okerlund, but soon had his name modified.

WWE Madison Square Garden Classics

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Okerlund also hosted 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.
It debuted in a two-hour block on July 12, 2006 and was hosted by longtime wrestling announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund.

Mr. Fuji

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In 1984, Okerlund and Hulk Hogan faced Mr. Fuji and George Steele in Minneapolis.
Fuji would team up with Steele and would lose to Hulk Hogan & "Mean" Gene Okerlund with Okerlund pinning Fuji.

Hulk Hogan

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Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan. In 1984, Okerlund and Hulk Hogan faced Mr. Fuji and George Steele in Minneapolis. Okerlund was close friends with Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik and the late Bobby Heenan.
Prior to WrestleMania 22 in April 2006, Hogan inducted friend and former announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2006.

WWE Vintage

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In June 2008, Okerlund began hosting WWE Vintage Collection, a program which showcases archive footage from the extensive WWE video library.
The show was hosted by Gene Okerlund and, later in its run, Renee Young.

KOIL

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After studying broadcast journalism at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), Okerlund landed a job as a disc jockey at KOIL, a popular radio station in Omaha, Nebraska.
Announcers who once worked for KOIL include Roger W. Morgan, Gene Okerlund, Gary Michael Ross, Dr. Don Rose, Dick Sainte, and former Shindig! host Jimmy O'Neill; The Real Don Steele, Gary Owens, Kris Eric Stevens, Lyle Dean, Frank "Coffeehead" Allen, Joe Light, Dave Wingert, Sandy Jackson, and Tom Becka.

WWE Confidential

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He hosted WWE Confidential in 2002, which lasted for two years.
It was hosted by Gene Okerlund.

MSG Network

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Okerlund also hosted 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.

WCW Saturday Night

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He debuted on the November 6, 1993 edition of WCW Saturday Night.
Gene Okerlund often handled interviews after he joined WCW in 1993, as did Tenay, Schiavone, and Lee Marshall.

List of former WWE television programming

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He stayed with the WWF for nine years as their top interviewer and was host of such WWF shows as [[List of former World Wrestling Entertainment programming#All American Wrestling (1983–1994)|All-American Wrestling]] and Tuesday Night Titans.
The program aired on TNN late Saturday nights, following Velocity, from 2002 to 2004 and was hosted by Gene Okerlund.

WWE Classics on Demand

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He's also the host for the WWE Classics On Demand Hall of Fame section, which takes a look at a different WWE Hall of Famer each month.
The show was originally hosted by WWE commentator Jim Ross–with former interviewer Gene Okerlund filling in for him on a few occasions –until Okerlund took over hosting duties completely with the shows fourth panel.

SummerSlam (1989)

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Okerlund was also part of one of the most infamous bloopers in professional wrestling history at SummerSlam in 1989.
Heenan and Rude also stormed into the backstage interview area and interrupted Gene Okerlund's interview with Ron Garvin.

Bobby Heenan

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Okerlund was set to interview WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Rude's manager Bobby Heenan prior to Rude's title defense against The Ultimate Warrior when the SummerSlam backdrop fell backwards. His first assignment back with WWF was the Gimmick Battle Royal during WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1, 2001, along with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Okerlund was close friends with Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik and the late Bobby Heenan.
On April 1, 2001, Heenan returned to the WWF and provided commentary to the Gimmick Battle Royal match at WrestleMania X-Seven alongside "Mean" Gene Okerlund.

WrestleMania X-Seven

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His first assignment back with WWF was the Gimmick Battle Royal during WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1, 2001, along with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
To further increase the nostalgia, former announcers "Mean Gene" Okerlund and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan handled commentary for the match.

Big John Studd

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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.
Studd participated in the well-publicized 20 man over-the-top battle royal that took place in the Chicago segment of WrestleMania 2 and featured in a memorable pre-match interview with "Mean" Gene Okerlund and then Atlanta Falcons player Bill Fralic, with Studd telling Fralic he had no business in professional wrestling and Fralic repeatedly calling Studd "Dudd".

WWE Network

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He was signed to a lifetime contract with WWE and worked for promotional programs, mostly WWE Network programming and, occasionally, the TV series.

Slammy Award

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Gene Okerlund, Jimmy Hart, Hillbilly Jim, and Junkyard Dog performed their songs from the album.

The A-Team

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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.
In the episode "Body Slam", which featured Hogan, wrestling interviewer and announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund also appeared.

Sisseton, South Dakota

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Forming a band in his high school days, "Gene Carroll & The Shades" were based out of Sisseton, South Dakota, recording a single in 1959 "Red Devil / Do You Remember" (M&L 1001).

Todd Okerlund

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His son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987.
Okerlund is son of the late "Mean" Gene Okerlund, a longtime pro wrestling announcer for the AWA, WWF (now WWE) and WCW.

The Iron Sheik

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Okerlund was close friends with Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik and the late Bobby Heenan.
He married Caryl J. Peterson on March 21, 1976, the best man at the wedding was "Mean" Gene Okerlund (whom the Sheik often referred to as "Gene Mean" in his broken English).