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Hulk Hogan's emotional promo on 'Mean' Gene Okerlund on WWE Raw

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After his passing last week, WWE paid tribute to the legendary announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund on this week's Monday Night Raw.

WWE started off their tributes to the Hall of Famer with a ten-bell salute before Hulk Hogan's music hit and The Hulkster himself made his way down the ramp to the ring.

Despite his recent chequered past, Hogan made his way to the ring to cheers by the WWE fans in attendance at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

He then spoke fondly of his recently deceased friend before a video package played highlighting Mean Gene’s historic pro wrestling career.

After the video package had played, Hogan delivered an emotional promo which must have pulled at the heartstrings of many wrestling fans that have seen legends of the past sadly pass on.

Hogan commented on how many icons of the past have now passed and how they have filled heaven with wrestling royalty. He spoke on friendship and the death of Okerlund with the crowd deeply invested in what he had to say.

It was a really touching segment that showed just how important Okerlund was to the business, as the legendary announcer defined a generation as much as many of the greatest wrestlers which he interviewed for promos.

Gene and Hogan shared many promos together throughout their careers in both WWE and WCW. Arguably, Gene played a huge part in the rise of Hogan during his time in both companies in the 1980s and 1990s.

Hulk Hogan cut an emotional promo on 'Mean' Gene Okerlund on WWE Raw

Hogan wasn't the only superstar which Gene produced iconic promos with, as he also produced magic with the likes of Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage and many others during his more active days in wrestling.

The Nature Boy recently spoke fondly of Mean Gene as well, calling him 'entertainment-ready, witty beyond belief,' and 'sophisticated,' as well as adding that he 'added more entertainment to the business than anybody.'

Rest in peace, Mean Gene. You will be missed.

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