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"Mean" Gene Okerlund comes home
Last year, legendary WWE announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund was on the Hall of Fame stage, accepting his induction into the group of sports-entertainment elite. In 2007, "Mean" Gene is back, and will take part in tonight's festivities that will air on WWE.com and on the USA Network at midnight/11 CT. In any capacity, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is the place for him to be.
"For me, it's definitely old home week," Okerlund said. "I've worked with all these guys, Jim Ross, Mr. Fuji, Nick Bockwinkel, Bobby Heenan…I don't know if it's really sunk in for them yet, but it's great to be a part of this. Then you take a look at the star power, William Shatner and Wade Boggs, and it's impressive to see what this event has become."
As a Hall of Famer himself, Okerlund had a little advice for the Class of 2007 on what to expect from this day forward.
"I can tell you, I was in Seoul, Korea, and I had people come up to me in the airport and say ‘Congratulations on your induction into the WWE Hall of Fame'," Okerlund recalled. "Of course, I can go to Garden City, Kan., and get the same kind of reception. It truly is an honor."
Okerlund and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan are old friends, and many may remember some of their past escapades (just watch WrestleMania XX or ask The Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young about Heenan & Okerlund). "The Brain" is here to induct Nick Bockwinkel, and Okerlund promised that when he and Heenan get together, anything can happen.
"We haven't had a chance to get together yet, because we're staying at different hotels," Okerlund lamented. "But I'm sure that probably tonight, after the festivities, we may sit down and enjoy a cocktail together. Who knows what's going to come out of that."
It sounded as if Gene was going to divulge some more juicy info, but cut himself off before it got too out of hand.
"I've got another old pal here, Larry "The Axe" Hennig, who is here to honor his son Mr. Perfect. And the Wild Samoans…I've got some stories I need to tell you about that. Uh, can we go off the air?"
Absolutely, Gene. WWE.com, let's send it back to you.