Survivor Series 2011: Early Return Proves the Rock's Dedication to WWE

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2011

When The Rock went Hollywood, the fans turned their backs on the People's Champion.

Now, it's time to start smelling what he's cooking and embracing the Most Electrifying Man once more, because if he was in it for the cheap pop, he wouldn't be wrestling at Survivor Series. It would have been easy for The Rock to show up at WrestleMania, look rusty, get through his match with John Cena and get out of dodge.

Yet it was he, not the WWE, who broached the subject of returning early to get some of the ring rust out of the way to give the fans the best WrestleMania main event possible. There have been cries of selling out and it's not hard to see why, as a man who used to make blatant sexual references and hit people with chairs starred in movies like The Tooth Fairy.

It was the complete opposite of everything fans knew of him, and his prolonged absence from the WWE only made it worse. Now, The Rock is back, and while it may not be his Attitude Era prime, it's still a show that cannot be missed. 

Regardless of how you felt about him years ago, there is no denying that he's looking to put on the best show possible and make his return worth it for all parties involved. You have to respect that, and I personally can't wait to hear his music hit and see The Rock in action for the first time in ages.

For those of us who grew up in the Attitude Era and remember when he debuted and his rise to superstardom, the nostalgia is going to be off the charts, and when it's all said and done, we'll be dying to watch the WrestleMania main event.

The Rock is back, and who is going to complain about an extra match? This is going to be a show we remember for years, and when the dust settles, even the biggest critics will have bought into the hype and will have forgiven the People's Champion for all of his alleged sins.

Sunday is must-see television, because The Rock is going to put on a clinic and prove how much he truly loves the business, despite his departure to Hollywood.