The Rock Returns to WWE!
Despite the fact that WWE failed to put on an entertaining show, the building was electric the entire night in anticipation of the big announcement. Of course, leave it to WWE to try and swerve the audience. When the black limo pulled up to the arena and a female stepped out of the vehicle, my heart instantly dropped. I thought to myself, “please not Stephanie McMahon.”
When we returned from commercial, Justin Roberts made the announcement. The anticipation built and built, with WWE going as far to dim the lights, until… “IF YA SMELL…WHAT THE ROCK… IS COOKIN” hits and the crowd exploded. The energy that The Rock generates is simply unbelievable. I hope some of the other wrestlers were watching and taking notes.
Rock went on to cut a 20-minute promo to end the show on a high note, and held the crowd in the palm of his hands the entire time. He proceeded to call out John Cena – hinting at a potential confrontation between the two at WrestleMania. The Rock also put Michael Cole in his place, much to the crowd’s delight. At one point, the anonymous RAW General Manager – who has yet to be revealed – chimed in and was immediately cut up by The Rock.
The Rock asked Michael Cole if he thought he cared what the GM thought of him and before Cole could answer, The Rocked shouted, “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!!!” The Rock then told Cole that if he read what the GM had to say, he would “take the computer, shine it up real nice, turn that son of a bitch sideways, and stick it straight up his candy ass!”
Even though he hasn’t appeared live on RAW in seven years, The Rock hasn’t missed a beat. This year’s WrestleMania was missing that “special attraction.” The last two year’s was the Shawn Michaels – Undertaker match that was built so well, culminating in back-to-back match of the year candidates. Adding The Rock to the show immediately gives it that special WrestleMania feel that was lacking. Not to mention the media buzz it will generate now that Johnson has returned “home.”
Despite numerous comments made during Johnson’s promo, I doubt he will be back full-time. His Hollywood career is still booming and he accomplished everything he possibly could in his WWE career. Although, I wouldn’t rule out a possible match against John Cena at this year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Imagine the build-up and anticipation if The Rock vs. John Cena were to take place at WWE’s second biggest pay-per-view of the year?
Despite the subtle hints, Johnson has stated time and time again that his in-ring career is over and he has zero interest in stepping foot in the ring. Money does talk, however, and Vince has plenty of it, so stay tuned to see if anything comes of it!