LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Rock is returning to WWE; Dwayne Johnson is rejoining WWE with WrestleMania 27 as his first match. The Rock made the news announcement during Monday Night’s Raw broadcast. The announcement came as a complete surprise to Miami fans.
The Rock left the WWE in 2004 to pursue a lucrative acting career. But after last appearing in WrestleMania XX, the Rock will suit up for WrestleMania XXVII he told fans last night. The match will be at the Georgia Dome April 3 in Atlanta. WWE confirms to news that it has secured TV distribution deals to air the broadcast in 80 countries in live simulcast.
Since appearing in countless films including Get Smart and the upcoming Fast and the Furious installment, the Rock told fans last night “The Rock has come back to WrestleMania. The most electrifying man of all of entertainment is hosting the most electrifying event of all of entertainment! Do you smell what the rock is cooking?”
The Rock’s return marks the latest WWE personality to return to the ring following Mick Foley and Steve Austin. The Rock’s fifteen minute speech followed an elaborate orchestration by show producers to suggest another host would hit the stage Monday night.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and fired up to be the host of WrestleMania. My goal was to partner up with Vince McMahon and WWE to create and deliver something globally entertaining and electrifying,” the Rock said.
But while the Rock left as a professional wrestler, last night he made it clear he is proud to be an actor, entertainer, and sports personality. “As an actor, entertainer and someone who both loves and has grown up in the sports entertainment business, the opportunity to host 75,000 passionate fans in a live venue, not to mention the millions that will be watching worldwide, is not only thrilling but quite honestly the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s going to be one helluva an epic night.”
He added “The most electrifying man of all of entertainment is hosting the most electrifying event of all of entertainment!”