Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson catapulted out of professional wrestling and into the mainstream in a way few wrestlers have, and he hasn't looked back. I mean, why humiliate yourself prancing around in tights on cable television when you can humiliate yourself prancing around in tights in Hollywood flicks like The Tooth Fairy?
Johnson hasn't fought in the ring since Wrestlemania XX in 2004 and, with the exception of inducting his father into the WWE Hall of Fame, has made only a few pretaped appearances on WWE programming since.
However, rumors are buzzing that the former University of Miami football player and the pro-wrestling heavyweight champion of the world might return to WWE Raw when the program tapes in Miami June 7.
"I do plan on going back and hosting. I was actually gonna go back this month, but the day I was going to host, I had to go to Mexico for promotion of [a] movie, so we had to cancel that," Johnson said.
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But he said some sort of temporary return was in the works.
"I've remained close with Vince McMahon over the years, but here's the key: It's not just to go back and host. I don't want to do that. I want to go back and host and do something special. I want to entertain the fans in ways they haven't been entertained in years."
Now wrestling rumor-mongers are buzzing that the WWE is trying to make that happen in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. It makes sense considering the star has a home and roots here, but no deal has been reached yet.
I guess we'll have to wait to smell what the Rock is cooking. People's elbow. Raised eyebrow. Jabroni. Candy ass. Yes, as a kid I watched wrestling.