||"Mean" Gene Okerlund
||November 29, 1938
|Height & Weight:
||5'9" - 212 lbs
[Mean Gene Gallery]
American Wrestling Association:
Gene Okerlund's career began in the American Wrestling Association in the early 1970s filling in for an absent announcer..
Gene Okerlund was given the moniker "Mean" Gene by AWA alumni Jesse "the Body" Ventura..
World Wrestling Federation:
1984: Vince McMahon Jr raided the AWA signed up such names as Mean Gene, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura and Bobby Heenan..
Mean Gene's role increased dramatically and became one of the most recognizable faces (and voices) in wrestling..
March 31, 1985 - WrestleMania I: Mean Gene Okerlund sang the Star Spangled Banner!
Mean Gene once teamed with Hulk Hogan to defeat Mr. Fuji and George "The Animal" Steele in Madison Square Garden..
Mean Gene hosted many WWF Madison Square Garden cards alongside the late Gorilla Monsoon..
Mean Gene also hosted WWF TV programs such as WWF All American Wrestling with Bobby Heenan..
Mean Gene also hosted numerous WWF Coliseum Home Video tapes..
Mean Gene was most often seen on a WWF Superstars of Wrestling segments the "Event Center" and "Update"..
Mean Gene formed a strong on-air partnership with both Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon, who became close personal friends..
SummerSlam 1993: Mean Gene Okerlund's last pay per view with the company and is phased out and replaced by Joe Fowler..
Mean Gene jumped to World Championship Wrestling after nine long years inthe WWF..
World Championship Wrestling:
September 1993: Mean Gene debut in WCW and is immediately pushed as WCWs top interviewer..
Mean Gene hosted the WCW Hotline every week and delivered plugs (teasers) during every WCW Television program..
1999: Mean Gene aligned himself with the Millionaires Club and feuded with fellow interiewer Pamela Paulshock of the New Blood..
2000: Mean Gene started a feud with new Nitro announcer Mark Madden, and even has a match with him on Nitro..
Mean Gene remained with WCW until it was sold to Vince McMahon and the WWFe..
World Wrestling Entertainment:
WrestleMania X-7: Mean Gene Okerlund & Bobby Heenan made appearances as guest commentators for the Gimmick Battle Royal..
May 2002: Mean Gene Okerlund returns to the WWE to host itís new show WWE Confidential..
March 2003: Mean Gene renewed his contract expanding his duties from Confidential to again becoming a backstage interviewer..
March 2004: Mean Gene Okerlund hosts the WWE's 2004 Hall of Fame Ceremony in New York City..
September 2004: Mean Gene Okerlund is in dire need of a kidney donation..
~~~UPDATE: Gene Okerlund's operation is a success..
2005: Mean Gene Okerlund hosts WWE 24/7's Hall of Fame program..
April 2, 2005 - Hall of Fame Ceremony: Mean Gene Okerlund hosted the 2005 Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, California..
April 3, 2005 - WrestleMania XXI: Mean Gene Okerlund introduced the 2005 Hall of Fame Iductees to the live crowd..
April 25, 2005 - RAW: Mean Gene interviews Shawn Michaels & Hulk Hogan about their upcoming tag match on PPV..
October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Mean Gene Okerland interviewed Hulk Hogan in the ring as Hogan challenged Steve Austin!
February 27, 2006 - RAW: They announced that Mean Gene Okerland would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1..
April 1, 2006: Mean Gene Okerland was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his buddy Hulk Hogan...