The Rock Returns 2011 WWE Raw
The Rock has rolled back into World Wrestling Entertainment after almost a decade in the Hollywood hills.
On Monday night’s episode of “WWE Raw,” the 38-year-old wrestling champion and star of “The Scorpion King” was announced as the first host of Wrestlemania in its 27th year.
After the lights dimmed on the show’s stage, the crowd went wild as The Rock – real name Dwayne Johnson – walked out and said his signature line, “If you smell what the Rock is cooking!!!”
Wearing sunglasses and a shirt reading “I Bring It,” Johnson walked across the stage staring out at the audience, before stepping into the ring for the first time in seven years.
“Finally, the Rock has come back home!” he yelled.
Johnson left professional wrestling in 2004 — making his last appearance at WrestleMania XX — for the movies. He has since appeared in blockbusters like “Walking Tall,” “Gridiron Gang,” and “The Other Guys.”
On “Raw” Monday, he claimed that he was “never, ever” leaving the WWE again, issuing a valentine to his fans.
“You helped me accomplish my dreams because you never left my side,” Johnson said. “Thank you, I love you!”
The Rock also issued a smack down of the current WWE champion, The Miz, as well as John Cena.
“Time to electrify!” he tweeted after the show.
WrestleMania XXVI will be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., on April 3.