When a WWE Superstar leaves unexpectedly or for reasons out of their control, it leaves a dent in the WWE Universe.
The show isn't the same with that certain Superstar absent. At the same time, the wrestler sets himself as a favorite among the fans.
Some fade out of existence and the others...while the others make triumphant returns to the squared circle. The crowd goes absolutely insane! Some drawing pops unmatched by some of the best Superstars in the WWE.
I've taken a liking to this situation. After reviewing tons of videos and the magnitude of the crowd's reaction I've chosen a few. I also decided not to rank them because it would've extremely difficult.
Please note that these are MY opinions. Please read on.
The Charismatic Enigma. Jeff Hardy violated the WWE Wellness Policy for the second time. He was suspended for 60 days. At the time, Hardy was on the push of his career. He was a participant in the MITB Ladder Match. He was in a few months into his IC Title reign.
He had defeated the likes of HBK, HHH, and Randy Orton during matches on RAW. He even faced Orton for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble. Hardy came shockingly close to winning but the Viper struck with an RKO.
Hardy's momentum was halted by the suspension. He lost his IC Title to Y2J, and was taken out of the MITB Ladder match. A match he was scheduled to win. All of the mistakes made the return that much sweeter. On May 12, 2008, Hardy to returned to a standing ovation.
Hardy hadn't lost a step, quickly defeating the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga.
The Great One! I had a tough time choosing between this one or the return during the Invasion Angle. But since this one caught us all by surprise and the reaction was slightly better, this one will do.
In the midst of Stone Cold Steve Austin's exit from the WWE, our two biggest stars were gone from the company.
The Rock quietly took time off from WWE after facing Hogan at Wrestlemania. With Austin gone who better to fill the void left by the Rattlesnake? Exactly. What makes this return so great is that Rock had absolute control of the crowd.
They followed everything he said. This was another great promo by the Great One and would ultimately lead to his reign as the Undisputed Champion. Another thing about this is that we normally don't see the crowd into a promo nowadays.
The Greatest "Talker" in WWE history cemented that accolade with this promo.
Even this return had me out of my seat. The return of the Champ was definitely a surprise to us all.
In a match with Mr. Kennedy on RAW, Cena tore his pectoral muscle. He was expected to be out for seven months to a year. Cena's a monster! Two weeks after surgery, Cena was already seven weeks ahead of his expected rehab time.
But Cena's injury cost him a lot. He title run was the longest WWE Championship reign in 19 years. It stretched over a year. His was also involved in a heated feud with Randy Orton, which was set to end at the upcoming PPV that Sunday. Cena was planned to continue his title reign.
When Cena entered the Rumble at No. 30, the crowd erupted. One of the biggest pops ever! Cena eliminated Triple H and became the second man to enter at No. 30 and win.
The Rattlesnake had been the face of WWE since the late 90s. When 2002 rolled around, Austin had lost the WWF Title to Y2J. Triple H's return to the WWE overshadowed anything going on within WWE. Austin also had numerous problems backstage.
He was set to face Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania but was later switched to Scott Hall after a finish couldn't be decided. Austin was also set to take on Brock Lesnar in the months approaching.
Instead of having Rock beat Undertaker and Angle for the Undisputed Title, Austin was going to win the title.
Then he would go on to lose the title to Lesnar. Austin refused and ultimately walked out on WWE, citing that having a rookie like Lesnar defeat the top star wouldn't do any favors for either. Austin was later able to reach an agreement with Vince McMahon.
He returned to the WWE at No Way Out 2003. The crowd exploded when Austin entered the arena. The rattlesnake toyed with Eric Bischoff before giving him a Stunner for the win!
What a pop. By my estimates, this has got to be the loudest crowd reaction ever. Fitting for a King. On the perfect stage.
Madison Square Garden. In a tag team match against Y2J and Benoit, Triple H legitimately tore his left quadriceps muscle. Y2J had applied the Walls on Austin and Hunter suffered the injury while attempting to break the hold.
Hunter couldn't even walk on his leg. With his injury, WWE had to go in a different direction. Triple H missed eight months for rehabilitation. Completely missing the Invasion Angle.
The Game returned on Jan. 7, 2002, to a tremendous crowd reaction. Give me chills to this day.
Though Kurt Angle attempted to crash his return, Hunter battled back with a Pedigree. The guy was huge upon his return and let everyone know his intention to enter the Royal Rumble.
The Rated R Superstar! I went back and forth on whether I should choose this one or his return at the Royal Rumble last year.
But since his return in 2004 shocked me and he was my favorite WWE Superstar at the time, I chose this.
In 2003, Edge suffered a severe neck injury. He would be forced to spend a year in rehabilitation. At the time, Edge was involved in a feud against Team Angle along with Brock Lesnar and Chris Benoit.
His injury forced him to withdraw from their scheduled six man tag team match at No Way Out.
A full year!
Edge was drafted to RAW in 2004 after Wrestlemania. He would return later in the night, giving Eric Bischoff a long-deserved spear!
Now this was awesome! The return of Y2J. After being "fired" for losing a WWE Title match to John Cena there had been multiple hints towards his return.
Jericho let his WWE contract expire in 2005 and a return to the ring seemed unlikely. Week after week of numerous Matrix-like videos stating "save us," Jericho returned on Nov. 19,2007.
Interrupting Orton's "passing" of the torch, Jericho informed Orton of his intention to reclaim the WWE Title, thus "saving" us from Orton.
Jericho continued to shoot on Orton, taunting his voice and his feminine physique.
Much to the dismay of Orton.