BY JJ BAILEY
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“Finally... Finally... The Rock has come back to Anaheim! Which means finally the rock has come back... home.” (Sky Sports)
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Smells like a comeback. The wrestler-turned-actor gave the crowd on Monday Night Raw a valentine -- announcing he will return to host --- drum roll --- Wrestlemania 27. Since busting out of the ring in 2004, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made bank in Hollywood.
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So, why go back on the mat?
A writer for the Washington Post says -- two words -- face time.
“It has the distinct odor of publicity stunt. (Johnson)...used his WWE popularity as a launching pad for a career making a string of meathead-does-good movies...”
But Inside Pulse thinks, it’s not The Great One who’s on the ropes here, it’s the WWE. They note a conference call held by Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon with investors in which the commissioner...
“...noted some “trends” in the fourth quarter that they were not happy with, particularly the decline in live event attendance and the huge 40% drop in home video.”
MTV says, if that’s the case, The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment is just what the listing industry needs.
“… the fact that the Rock has returned is enough to not only keep current fans thrilled but also to bring back people who loved Johnson the first time around.”
But as the Rock says “know your role and shut your mouth.” Johnson tried to end the media speculation on Raw, and told the world why he came back.
“It’s not because of the money. It’s not to promote a movie. I am back in the middle of this ring because of you. I love you, and it is because of you that I’m back in this ring and it’s because of you, and I give you my word, that I am never, ever, going away.”
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