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Hulk Hogan set to return to WWE Raw for the first time in years to honor the late announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 1/5/2019 Brian Gallagher For Dailymail.com

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is gearing up for a big tribute to late great announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund on Monday Night Raw.

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

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.

a man wearing a hat: Hulk returns to Raw: Hulk Hogan will return to WWE's Monday Night Raw to honor the late great 'Mean' Gene Okerlund © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hulk returns to Raw: Hulk Hogan will return to WWE's Monday Night Raw to honor the late great 'Mean' Gene Okerlund Details about Hogan's tribute to Okerlund were not given, but their friendship spanned several decades.

Both Hogan and interviewer Okerlund joined WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the early 1980s.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mean Gene: Their interviews together quickly became legendary, with Okerlund even teaming with Hogan in the ring in 1984 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mean Gene: Their interviews together quickly became legendary, with Okerlund even teaming with Hogan in the ring in 1984 Their interviews together quickly became legendary, with Okerlund even teaming with Hogan in the ring in 1984.

Okerlund made his in-ring debut alongside Hogan for a tag-team match against Mr. Fuji and George 'The Animal' Steele, with weekly training segments airing during WWF broadcasts.

a man wearing a hat: WWF legend: Both Hogan and interviewer Okerlund joined WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the early 1980s © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited WWF legend: Both Hogan and interviewer Okerlund joined WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the early 1980s Hogan and Okerlund stayed with WWF until 1993, when Okerlund switched over to the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW), with Hogan defecting a year later.

Okerlund stayed with WCW until 2001, when he returned to the WWE in a variety of different capacities. 

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, by none other than Hulk Hogan. 

a person standing in front of a crowd: WWF to WCW: Hogan and Okerlund stayed with WWF until 1993, when Okerlund switched over to the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW), with Hogan defecting a year later © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited WWF to WCW: Hogan and Okerlund stayed with WWF until 1993, when Okerlund switched over to the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW), with Hogan defecting a year later After Okerlund's death on Wednesday, Hogan sent out a number of tweets in tribute, including, 'Mean Gene I love you my brother HH.'

In another tweet, he added a picture of his 'favorite martini,' adding he was 'Celebrating Mean Gene and our friendship.'

On Wednesday afternoon, he shared a photo of himself and Okerlund from the 1980s, along with a heartfelt tribute.

a screenshot of a cell phone screen with text © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'The best partner I ever had,' Hogan said. 'We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer,' the wrestling legend added.

Wrestling legend: 'The best partner I ever had,' Hogan said. 'We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer,' the wrestling legend added © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Wrestling legend: 'The best partner I ever had,' Hogan said. 'We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer,' the wrestling legend added '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,' he added.

'RIP my brother HH,' Hogan concluded.

Okerlund passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 in Sarasota, Florida.

Gene Okerlund in a suit and tie: RIP Mean Gene: Okerlund passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 in Sarasota, Florida © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited RIP Mean Gene: Okerlund passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 in Sarasota, Florida His son, Todd Okerlund, revealed that he had three kidney transplants and his health was failing in the weeks leading up to his death.

Todd also revealed he suffered a fall shortly before his death that lead to his deteriorating health. 

Related video: WWE Hall of Fame Announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund Dies at 76 (via Inside Edition)

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