“Imply” Gene Okerlund has handed away on the age of 76. The WWE shared the information in an announcement this morning, remembering the Corridor of Fame WWE broadcaster and announcer as “probably the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment historical past.” His explanation for demise was not launched on the time his passing was introduced.
As followers of WWE and main names within the pro-wrestling world pay tribute to the Okerlund, listed here are a few of his finest on-camera moments:
Interview With Andre the Big (1980)
WWE legend Andre the Big, who handed away in 1993, towers over Okerlund all through the interview, throughout which his huge hand by no means leaves Okerlund’s shoulder. Okerlund even takes a second to match the dimensions of his hand to Andre’s, earlier than asking him what dimension shoe he wears. When Andre responds that he’s a dimension 22, Okerlund asks the cameraman to pan right down to his ft in order that viewers can see the dimensions distinction between Andre’s foot and Okerlund’s dimension 9. One other spotlight of the interview, for Andre the Big followers, is his reveal that the Washington Redskins wished him to play soccer for them, however he turned down the supply as a result of he was making an excessive amount of cash wrestling.
Promo Interview With Paul Orndorff
About 49 seconds into the video, Okerlund introduces “Mr. Fantastic” Paul Orndorff, who steps into body trying forlorn. When Okerlund asks him why that’s, he responds “It has gotten to the purpose the place, you already know, each time I have a look at the cameras, one other lady leaves her husband for Mr. Fantastic.” The back-and-forth continues between the 2 till Orndorff says “I’m going to indicate you the physique that girls love and that males like to concern.” Shortly after he takes off his shirt, to conclude the video, Okerlund cracks up and covers his face to cover his laughter.
Interview With ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage (1987)
Macho Man and Imply Gene are, in followers’ eyes, one of many best WWE pairings. On this interview video, Macho Man delivers the enduring line “I’d reasonably die of exhaustion than die of hunger.” Okerlund has some nice strains on this interview too, together with “, I get the impression you’re attempting to swerve me.”
Okerlund’s “F— It!” Blooper From SummerSlam (1989)
This 9-second clip reveals one in every of Okerlund’s most “viral” moments – when an indication fell whereas he was broadcasting reside. The signal drops and Okerlund turns to see what occurred, yelling “F— it!” He turns again towards the digital camera and says “Rattling it, who put that up? Is that $200 an hour?”