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Last live TV appearance: 2004
WWE TV return: February 14, 2011
Finally, The Rock came back to the WWE!
It was like fate bringing The Rock and the WWE Universe back together on Valentine’s Day. It gave the crowd the perfect chance to show how much they’d loved and missed The Great One.
Many thought he’d never appear again, let alone wrestle. He didn’t need to. He made a gigantic sum of money becoming one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. It would be hard to blame him for never associating with wrestling again.
But he did, and it was electrifying.
The WWE had been experimenting with months of guest hosts on Raw. It was getting old, and the announcement that WrestleMania was going to have one was a bit of a scary thought.
Who could it be?
Fortunately, the announcement not only lived up to the hype, but far exceeded it.
WWE initially teased us with who the host was by showing a woman's legs step out of a limo. Then, during the last segment of the show, we found out the big reveal. Rock’s music played, and he emerged to perhaps the biggest pop the company had received in years.
Once in the ring, it was like he hadn’t skipped a beat. He cut a passionate promo that was both funny, promoted WrestleMania XXVII and managed to tear down John Cena, much to the delight of the crowd.
Rock knocked it out of the park that night, and it was good to know that he was back in the family.
If nothing else, it was good to have The Rock back, so our final memory of him wouldn’t be of him hosting a Divas Search pie-eating contest.