Comeback of the Year
Last year Bret “Hit Man” Hart returned to WWE and it was one of the most improbable things in wrestling. This year The Rock returned to WWE and it was again one of the most improbable things in wrestling.
He was unveiled as the mysterious guest host in February as the guest host for WrestleMania XXVII. He then cut a series of wild promos against John Cena primarily, which led to him factoring in the main event of WrestleMania. That next night on RAW, the match was made for Rock-Cena, one year later at WrestleMania XXVIII.
With the unprecedented booking of a WrestleMania main event a year in advance, Rock popped up randomly throughout the year to keep heat on the rivalry and make sure fans didn’t forget. He then stepped back into the ring for the first time in seven years, when he teamed with Cena at Survivor Series at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. Naturally Rock and Cena won.
That was The Rock’s first wrestling match since 2004, when he teamed with Mick Foley to take on Evolution at WrestleMania XX. That match happened in Madison Square Garden as well. To add the match’s symmetry it also marked The Rock’s fifteenth anniversary of debuting on WWE TV, as he debuted at Survivor Series ’96 as part of Team Mero. That match also happened in Madison Square Garden.
Now with WrestleMania XXVIII still weeks away, Rock’s improbable return will continue well into 2012.
Triple H; Mark Henry; Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin; Booker T; Kevin Nash; Sean Waltman; Austin Aries; Kid Kash
2010: Bret “Hit Man” Hart