This was the first edition of Raw since Okerlund died Wednesday. WWE began with a video package that included some of Okerlund's biggest highlights. Hogan then delivered a personal message to the legendary backstage interviewer.
No wrestler was more associated with Okerlund than Hogan. Okerlund played the straight man perfectly during Hogan's over-the-top promos.
WWE's decision to include Hogan as part of its Okerlund tribute wasn't met with universal praise, though.
The company excommunicated Hogan and terminated his legends contract in July 2015 after he was caught on tape making racist remarks about his daughter's then-boyfriend.
In recent months, WWE has slowly brought Hogan back into the fold. It reinstated him to its Hall of Fame in July, and he was the host at Crown Jewel in November, WWE's second event as part of its partnership with Saudi Arabia.