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Posted at 8:22 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson returning to WWE ... kind of

By Liz Kelly

Can you smell what "The Rock" is cooking? It has the distinct odor of publicity stunt.

The football player turned professional wrestler turned movie star made his first appearance in seven years on Monday night's "WWE Raw" to announce that he'll be hosting Wrestlemania 27. While that sentence makes about as much sense to me as "Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich," I'm assured by a WWE fan of my acquaintance that this is, indeed, big news.

Johnson, who used his WWE popularity as a launching pad for a career making a string of meathead-does-good movies, later found success as "The Scorpion King" and in kid fare like "Race to Witch Mountain." He is also one of the most surprisingly funny "SNL" guest hosts, most recently making appearances as "The Rock" Obama.

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2011; 8:22 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, TV  | Tags:  Dwayne Johnson  
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While not a fan of pro wrestling, I am fond of Dwayne Johnson.

I think he knows where his skill set lies and he plays to it beautifully.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | February 15, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The Rock finally returned to the WWE and he will finally breathe some new life into this product. I read on what John Cena plans are for The Rock on next weeks Raw. I didn't want to spoil it for anyone so you'll have to go to the website to read it. But it's about time Cena turned full fledge heel!

Posted by: 1431 | February 15, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Horrible journalism. Why not find an author that has some clue and interest about pro-wrestling and it's history and who doesn't have to be so sarcastic. Liz is obviously completley unmotivated to cover this story.

Posted by: DukeNukem1 | February 15, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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