Hulk Hogan Returns To WWE Raw To Celebrate Gene Okerlund's Life
Hulk Hogan Returns To WWE Raw To Celebrate Gene Okerlund's Life
Hulk Hogan to commemorate ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund’s death in special WWE appearance
08 January, 2019, 05:32
The 65-year-old wrestling legend (real name Terry Gene Bollea) was confirmed to return to Raw on the WWE website, "to honor his longtime friend" on January 7.
The announcement also included a video that showed Okerlund and Hogan training in anticipation of "an unusual tag team" match in the 1980s.
John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Hulk Hogan are all being advertised to appear on the first live episode of WWE Raw in 2019 as the "fresh start" continues. 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. Okerlund would return in 2001 when WWE bought WCW.
In fact, Hogan's appearance at the WWE's controversial "Crown Jewel" event in Saudi Arabia led to widespread criticism, and Twitter backlash to his upcoming "Raw" appearance indicates fans are concerned that Hogan will be booed, his controversial presence ruining the tribute to the beloved Okerlund.
Mean Gene was an icon of the business, and arguably no WWE superstar had a more electric on-screen connection with Okerlund than Hulk Hogan.
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But Hogan's relationship to the company has warmed over the past year, and he was reinstated to the Hall of Fame and served as host for the WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-view last November in Saudi Arabia.
"There was no better broadcaster/interviewer than Mean Gene".
"[He was the] best partner I ever had".
"We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer", the tweet said. "Growing up like you guys said in the mid-80s I was in high school and college watching him do his thing and I would imitate Mean Gene with any microphone I could find". This past Wednesday, Okerlund passed away.
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