Legendary pro wrestling interviewer Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76, WWE announced Wednesday. Okerlund, who got his start in the AWA in the 1970s, became the most well-known interviewer of all time in the 1980s, where he interviewed the top stars of WWE such as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage, before switching to WCW in the 1990s where he interviewed the top stars of WCW, such as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, Okerland went on to help launch the WWE Network by starring in the reality show Legends House and continued to make special appearances for the company and narrate the Network show Story Time.
Okurland made a recent appearance at WWE Raw's 25th-anniversary show last January, interviewing then-WWE Champion AJ Styles.
As soon as the news hit, wrestlers began paying tribute to Okerlund on social media.
Undoubtedly, the tributes will continue to roll in all day, and Okerlund will likely be featured in a video package on next week's WWE programming. In the meantime, we can all probably agree, just two days into the new year: @#$% 2019.