Hulk Hogan set to return to WWE Raw for the first time in years to honor ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund

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.

Hulk returns to Raw: Hulk Hogan will return to WWE's Monday Night Raw to honor the late great 'Mean' Gene Okerlund

Hulk returns to Raw: Hulk Hogan will return to WWE's Monday Night Raw to honor the late great 'Mean' Gene Okerlund

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.

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.

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

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

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

Mean Gene: Their interviews together quickly became legendary, with Okerlund even teaming with Hogan in the ring in 1984

Mean Gene: Their interviews together quickly became legendary, with Okerlund even teaming with Hogan in the ring in 1984

Mean Gene: Their interviews together quickly became legendary, with Okerlund even teaming with Hogan in the ring in 1984

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. 

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

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

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.

‘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.

Wrestling legend: '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

Wrestling legend: ‘The best partner I ever had,’ Hogan said. ‘We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer,’ the wrestling legend added

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. 

RIP Mean Gene: Okerlund passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 in Sarasota, Florida

RIP Mean Gene: Okerlund passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 in Sarasota, Florida

RIP Mean Gene: Okerlund passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 in Sarasota, Florida

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