X-Pac opens today’s show by discussing the passing of “Mean” Gene Okerlund. He notes that Okerlund was the voice of WWE and the voice of his childhood. Okerlund was on the scene long before X-Pac wrestled his first match, and X-Pac was devastated to hear of his passing today.
X-Pac notes that Okerlund came to WWE from the AWA when Vince McMahon scooped up some of the AWA’s talent in the 80s. Other talents to jump ship from AWA to WWE at that time were Mad Dog Vachon and Hulk Hogan. He notes that Okerlund leaving was a huge hit for AWA to take at that time.
X-Pac points out that Okerlund had a great, but tough job. Not everyone that Okerlund interviewed was good on the mic, and X-Pac includes himself in that boat. One of Okerlund’s greatest strengths was his ability to keep the train from going off the rails when things started to go sideways.
He continues by pointing out that while Okerlund had obvious and legendary chemistry with Hulk Hogan, he also had a lot of chemistry with Ric Flair. Those two legends would always make magic when they worked together. He adds that Okerlund will always be remembered in pop culture due to Hogan’s constant opening line, “Let me tell you something Mean Gene!”