The crowd at “WWE Monday Night Raw” got a big surprise in addition to the usual array of body slams and chair shots: the return of The Rock.
The Rock — better known these days as Dwayne Johnson, star of “The Other Guys” and the upcoming “Fast Five” — was announced as the host of WrestleMania XXVII on April 3. He took the ring in Anaheim, Calif., and showed that seven years away from the ring haven’t diminished his ability to command a live crowd.
Rolling through his stock of catchphrases — “Finally, The Rock has come back to …,” “It doesn’t matter what you think!” and, of course, “If you smeeeeellll what The Rock [dramatic pause] is cookin’,” Johnson had the crowd pretty much eating out of his hand.
Whether The Rock actually climbs into the ring remains to be seen, although it’s not necessarily a bad bet.
Video of The Rock’s return is below.