Hulk Hogan Returns To WWE Raw To Celebrate Gene Okerlund's Life

Hulk Hogan set for WWE Raw return this Monday to honor late friend 'Mean' Gene Okerlund

In a Twitter post Tuesday night, Hogan called "Mean" Gene "the best partner I ever had" while describing their incredible off-the-cuff chemistry during their backstage interviews. The pair were in regular cahoots on WWE programming during the "80s, having both arrived from Verne Gagne's AWA together". The show will also a non-title match between The Usos and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar, with a title shot on the line. WWE played footage of some of Okerlund's finest moments and Hogan sent us home with a spirited promo full of callbacks to all the wrestlers that have passed. It somehow felt right.

With Hogan showing up on Raw, WWE gave him quite the platform, but with him returning only to say goodbye to Okerlund, it's not as easy to protest Hulkamania. Although it's hard to argue that the Hulkster's appearance is entirely appropriate for the occasion, cynics will again note that WWE have leveraged the situation to usher Hogan back onto screens during circumstances which won't draw complaint.

Below is WWE's announcement on Hogan returning for RAW to honor Okerlund.

Although there is no word what Flair's potential role could be, many believe he's coming to help pay tribute to the late Gene Okerlund.

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On Wednesday afternoon, he shared a photo of himself and Okerlund from the 1980s, along with a heartfelt tribute. I would always answer "just follow you brother" and it worked from 1980 - 2017.

I hope that the company does a major segment, where several legends return to honor Mean Gene.

'RIP my brother HH, ' Hogan concluded.

Okerlund passed away on January 2 after suffering a fall and breaking his ribs in his Florida home last month.

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