WWE just confirmed Hulk Hogan will appear on WWE RAW this Monday to honor the late, great Gene Okerlund:
— WWE (@WWE) January 4, 2019
Hogan and Okerlund are synonymous with each other due to Okerlund’s key role in the WWF in the 1980s, and Hogan’s ‘Let me tell something Mean Gene’ catchphrase during some of his most famous promos. Hogan paid tribute to Okerlund after his passing by posting the following comments on Twitter:
The best partner I ever had. 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
Hogan last appeared on WWE television at November’s WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Monday night will mark the first time he has appeared on RAW in March of 2015.
WWE.com posted the following announcement promoting Hogan’s return:
“Let me tell you something, ‘Mean’ Gene …”
So began many of Hulk Hogan’s most memorable proclamations, making interviewer and backstage personality “Mean” Gene Okerlund a cornerstone of Hulkamania in the 1980s. Now, in the wake of Okerlund’s recent passing, Hogan returns to WWE programming this Monday night on Raw to honor his longtime friend.
In a Twitter post Tuesday night, Hogan called “Mean” Gene “the best partner I ever had” while describing their incredible off-the-cuff chemistry during their backstage interviews. That synchronicity even led to an unusual tag team partnership when Hogan and Okerlund battled George “The Animal” Steele and Mr. Fuji in 1984. Their training sessions before that match, which can be seen below, were perhaps even more entertaining than the bout itself.
Hogan and Okerlund’s friendship spanned the decades, from WWE to WCW and back to WWE. On Monday night, Hogan honors his brother.
Don’t miss this milestone moment on Monday Night Raw, beginning at 8/7 C on USA Network.