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

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

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. 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.

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

After Okerlund's death on Wednesday, Hogan sent out a number of tweets in tribute, including, 'Mean Gene I love you my brother HH'.

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Not only was Okerlund the main backstage interviewer during Hogan's landmark as then-WWF champion in the 1980s, he followed Hogan to WCW in 1993 and shared the ring with him three years later when Hogan famously turned heel at "Bash at the Beach" and formed the nWo with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The two once famously teamed up in a special tag team match opposite George "The Animal" Steele and Mr. Fuji in 1984, with the buildup to the match featuring memorable training vignettes.

"[He was the] best partner I ever had". We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer.

I hope that the company does a major segment, where several legends return to honor Mean Gene. "It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it", Hogan said at the time.

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

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