Hulk Hogan returning to Raw for first time in years to honour Gene Okerlund

HULK HOGAN is returning to Monday Night Raw to the legendary “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

The iconic wrestling announcer died this week aged 76.

Hulk Hogan is returning to Monday Night Raw to honour the late, great 'Mean' Gene Okerlund
Hulk Hogan is returning to Monday Night Raw to honour the late, great ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund
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Now Hulkamania is set to run wild on WWE’s flagship show for the first time since 2015 to pay tribute to his late friend.

It will be just the second appearance Hogan has made for the company since he was axed after being caught up in a racism scandal following a leaked tape.

He first stepped foot back inside a WWE ring for the controversial Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia two months ago.

The Hulkster, 65, says he will make a comeback to Raw this to honour the “best partner I ever had.”

The Hulkster and legendary announcer were two of the most iconic men throughout the 1980s boom in wrestling
The Hulkster and legendary announcer were two of the most iconic men throughout the 1980s boom in wrestling
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'mEAN' Gene was by Hogan's side for some of his most iconic moments
‘mEAN’ Gene was by Hogan’s side for some of his most iconic moments
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He took to Twitter earlier this week to declare: “We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer. Gene would ask me, ‘Hey big man what do u want to do?’

“I would always answer ‘just follow you brother’ and it worked from 1980 – 2017. RIP my brother HH.”


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Tributes have flooded in from around the world following the shock news of Okerlund’s death this week.

“Mean” Gene suffered a fall in December and was rushed to hospital with breathing problems in Florida.

Okerlund, who was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame by Hogan, died on Wednesday with his wife Jeanne by his side.

Hollywood star Mr. T, who headlined the first-ever WrestleMania alongside the Hulkster, also took to the Twitter to hail the magic man with the mic.

He wrote: “I met Mean Gene in 1985 while promoting the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden.

“He was Cool, and He made Wrestling Fun and Exciting. Nobody did it Better! He Will Be Missed.”

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