35 Years Of WWE WrestleMania Mistakes

35. WrestleMania - Gene Okerlund: Star Crooner


The inaugural WrestleMania was intended to be the epitome of 'rock 'n' wrestling', and as such had a huge celebrity involvement. Looking to appeal to a national audience, Vince McMahon drafted in the likes of Muhammed Ali, Billy Martin, and Mr. T in order ensure the success of his bold venture.

On a card featuring international musical talents Cyndi Lauper and Liberace, who should have been picked to perform the national anthem? Why, the obvious choice: 'Mean' Gene Okerlund.

Rumour has it that the original, more-appropriately qualified choice to sing The Star-Spangled Banner failed to show, and a nervous yet ever reliable Gene had to step in at the last moment. One can only imagine Mr. T pitied the poor fool...

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Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.