Hulk Hogan returning to ‘WWE Raw’ to honour ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund

Carla Harmon
January 8, 2019

He'll appear Monday (January 7) as part of a tribute to Gene Okerlund, who died last week.

In March 2018, WWE confirmed it was in talks to bring Hogan back to the company and attempt to rehabilitate one of its most iconic characters after a 2015 video of him calling his daughter's then-boyfriend a "n--" surfaced. It is unknown what his role will be, but rumors are that he will be there to pay homage to his friend, Mean Gene Okerlund, who passed away earlier this week.

And the WWE extravaganza will also mark the return of fighter Hulk Hogan.

This is why the news that he would be making an appearance on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw has not been received well by a lot of fans.

For the first time since his release in 2015, Hulk Hogan returned to Raw for a tribute to recently deceased wrestling legend "Mean" Gene Okerlund. That synchronicity even led to an unusual tag team partnership when Hogan and Okerlund battled George "The Animal" Steele and Mr. Fuji in 1984.

Like Hogan, Flair and Gene spent many segments together during their more active years in wrestling during the 1980s and 1990s.

Rest in peace, Mean Gene.

Hogan and Okerlund's careers were intertwined for decades, as the two shared an entertaining chemistry in countless televised interviews throughout the "Hulkamania" era of the 1980s, which propelled the former into an worldwide superstar.

During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Flair described his relationship with Gene, calling them brothers.

In a Twitter post following Okerlund's death, Hogan wrote, " The best partner I ever had.

"Let me tell you something, "Mean" Gene ..." I would always answer "just follow you brother" and it worked from 1980 - 2017, ' he added.

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