The Raw 25th Anniversary special promises to be one of the most memorable shows in recent WWE memory. On top of celebrating a milestone for the longest weekly episodic show ever, a long list of WWE legends are set to make a special appearance.
Throughout the past two weeks, it’s been confirmed that the iconic announcing team of Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler will appear. Sean Waltman (X-Pac), and Ted ‘The Million Dollar Man’ DiBiase have been confirmed as other legends that’ll appear alongside The Undertaker, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and others.
You can add another big name to the mix. According to PWInsider.com, 2006 Hall of Fame inductee and former announcer ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund will also appear at the Raw 25th Anniversary show.
Okerlund rose to fame as a backstage reporter and interview for the WWF in the ’80s and early ’90s, helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage cut promos that made them famous.
After his WWE contract came to an end, Okerlund opted to join the WCW promotion – where he’d work from 1993-2001. Okerlund was the one who interviewed Hogan while he turned heel and announced his formation of the New World Order faction with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.
Okerlund also became famous for screaming the F word during a live backstage segment at SummerSlam 1989. In that incident, part of the show’s setting fell – and Okerlund seemingly wasn’t aware that he was on live television.
Younger wrestling fans may recognize Okerlund as the host of WWE Vintage Collection, a program that aired memorable matches from the company’s history. He’s appeared sporadically for the WWE over the years – mainly at special events or pay-per-view shows.
With all of his contributions to the wrestling world, Okerlund’s invitation to the Raw 25th show is well-deserved. We’ll see if the WWE gives him one more epic interview/segement, or if his return will be very short and sweet.
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