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WWE Hall of Famer to appear on this week's Raw likely to pay tribute to Gene Okerlund

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2019-01-06 20:00:17

It looks as though another WWE Hall of Famer will be present on this week's Monday Night Raw in Orlando, Florida, but the reason why they will be there is currently unclear.

However, many believe they will be there to celebrate the life of legendary wrestling announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund, who sadly passed away earlier this week.

WWE has already confirmed that Hulk Hogan will be returning to Raw this Monday to celebrate the life of the iconic announcer after Gene interviewed Hogan for many of his memorable promos in both WWE and WCW.

Another WWE Hall of Famer that also shared many promos with Okerlund is Ric Flair and, according to PWInsider, he will be on Raw this week as well.

Although there is no word what Flair's potential role could be, many believe he's coming to help pay tribute to the late Gene Okerlund.

Like Hogan, Flair and Gene spent many segments together during their more active years in wrestling during the 1980s and 1990s. The Nature Boy first met the legendary announcer in 1972 and remained close to him right up until his death.

Brothers

During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Flair described his relationship with Gene, calling them brothers.

He said: “Friend would be too generic a term for us. We were more than friends, we were brothers. We were tied to each other for years. If I was going somewhere, and I knew Gene Okerlund was there, I made sure I found him.”

The Nature Boy continued: “In my opinion, Gene Okerlund added more entertainment to the business than anybody. Gene made our product better. You can be good at what you do, but Gene was so good that he made the people around him better.

"Gene brought that to every segment he was on for his entire career. It’s hard to explain how much talent he had. Gene was entertainment-ready, witty beyond belief, sophisticated, and I’ve never seen anybody else like him.

“Gene just never missed. Even if a guy was struggling or a crowd wasn’t connecting, Gene had the gift to make interviews work.

“He was a wonderful person, he loved his kids, he loved his wife, and he loved what he did for a living,” said Flair. “I’m happy that the world is giving him his due recognition.

“I’ve been so depressed all day thinking about it. It’s a huge loss. There will never, ever be another Gene Okerlund.”

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

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