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Shocking WWE Returns We Will Never Forget

After eerie cryptic messages brought forth by WWE, there were many possibilities as to who was going to return to WWE. After recovering from injuries and appearing on Dancing With The Stars, Chris Jericho made another successful return to the WWE, sporting a sparkling jacket and running rampant around the ring without saying a word into the microphone (which he continued to do week after week). Although the promo videos did not correlate to Jericho’s character, they still helped by making this return memorable.

On this week’s episode of Raw, Santino Marella came back from injury in front of a vibrant Toronto crowd and picked up a victory over Antonio Cesaro. Santino’s return may have been positively received yet it there has been countless WWE superstar returns in the past that have left our jaws on the floor in WWE. Here are 10 of the most shocking returns we will never forget. Could you think of a returning superstar that left you speechless? Leave it in the comments section.

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  • Sir William McCormick

    My friend Diesel came back at the 2011 Royal Rumble in Boston. I was there.

    • The Devourer of Dimensions

      Who let this guy write an article? At least before doing a refresher course. Madison Square Garden, lol.

  • The Devourer of Dimensions

    Jericho returned on January 2nd 2012, not December 1st 2011. LOL

  • Bignic

    You may want to mention that the The Undertaker was the reason Triple h reclaimed the title not held on. The rock was the champion and triple h was the challenger.

  • Moh.T

    Lesnar shouldn’t be #1, it’s not THAT huge -.-

    • SdotC

      Why did this get 3 thumbs down? Every single person who visited this site earlier that day knew it was going to happen, and if you didn’t, you sure did by Cena’s reaction to the entire arena (who all knew as well) chanting Lesnar’s name during his entire promo. I definitely popped when it happened, but not like I did when Rock came back in 2011, or even when Jericho and Goldust returned at the 2013 Rumble. In fact, considering Goldie’s status compared to Lesnar, who headlined a Mania and was a multiple-time champion, and the fact that he wasn’t gone nearly as long, I think the pop Goldust got at the Rumble was a bigger statement than Brock’s, even though it wasn’t quite as loud. But yeah, I agree with you. And I’m only talking about recent returns. If you wanna go all-time, I’m not sure if Brock’s would even be in my top 10, and it definitely wouldn’t be top 5, even as a big Brock fan.

  • Charles Smith

    I miss actual surprise appearances when people would show up with no mention or no set up.

  • SdotC

    Jericho was 2012, not 2011. And no one was shocked. His Rumble return was WAY more unexpected. FAIL already.

  • SdotC

    REALLY?! Triple H’s heavily promoted, highly anticipated and very well-known return in ’02 was “shocking”? Are you deaf and unable to read? That actually wouldn’t shock me, either.

    Hogan in 2005? The night after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame? Yeah, I remember watching that, and as soon as Hassan started talking, I knew Hogan was coming out… And I “never” forgot it, until roughly a week later -__-

    The Undertaker in 2000 is a stretch, too. Just not as bad as the aforementioned. But man, if you’re really dumb enough to find HHH’s return “shocking” and Hogan’s “unforgettable”, then you’re certainly too dumb to be an “author” of anything. God, you guys seriously are the worst writing staff ever. Seventeen magazine is more thought-provoking than the crap you write. When the change first happened, I wrote that I’d be furious if you guys turned into Bleacher Report, but now I feel like that would actually be an improvement.

  • SdotC

    Actual shocking returns that weren’t listed: Bob Backlund’s 90s return. Shawn Michaels in 2002. Edge at the Draft Lottery. RVD at the 2010 Rumble. DDP as the stalker (he was in WWE briefly in the 80s but you COULD consider this a debut, to be fair). Lawler in ’01. i could do this all day. Man, this is too easy… Why do you have a job?

    Unforgettable returns that weren’t listed: The Rock in 2011. Again, HBK in ’02. Again, Edge in 2004. Ya know what? I’m just gonna stop here.

    But I’d like to give this website, and it’s esteemed, highly respected writers their own official theme music:

    • Alejandro

      RVD came back at the Royal Rumble in 2009 not 2010 lol. But you’re right half of these writers need to get their research right lol.

      • SdotC

        I thought 2010 was the year he entered the Rumble then showed up in TNA a few months later.I didn’t watch anything but Wrestlemania between 2007(started drifting away in 05, was done by 07) and 2011 when Rock returned… just in time to see the Pipebomb dropped. Obviously if I was writing an article, I’d do some fact-checking. And don’t be so polite… ALL of these writers suck lol!

        • Alejandro

          Nah it was 2009 when he made his surprise appearance at the Rumble. Then in 2010 he signed with TNA. Some of the writers like Adrian, Bill McCormick and Jonathan Essignton are really good. The rest are bad. I’ll just leave it like that lol.

          • SdotC

            Yeah I think you’re right… I knew he was in the ’09 but for some reason I thought he was in the 2010 as well. Ya know what it is? I think it’s because he was in a WWE video game while he was joining TNA, that’s probably where my mistake came from. I have no problem admitting I was wrong, though.

            As for the writers, after a while I stopped looking for the author’s name because damn-near every article I read is awful, and I’ve even reached out to the mods, asking them to give me a chance to show that I can write stuff for them and show that some of us in the comment section could actually make good contributions to the site… but instead of that, what I got for my criticism of the site was my account being put on a metaphorical 2 strikes, where most of my posts are pending approval, and I’m very close to being banned. But of course, I didn’t get one message from the mods that welcomed any debate. The only time they ever replied to me was when the site first changed format and Middleton(I think it was him) said “We promise we will not become like Bleacher Report, the new writers have nothing to do with our new deal, it isn’t a money thing, and we promise that not only are all of the writers going to provide great, professional content that you’ll all enjoy, but everything we do will only be to make the site better, not to benefit ourselves”… aaaand it was the biggest load of crap he could have possibly said lol.

          • Alejandro

            RVD was in the Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 game. That’s probably why you assumed he was in 2010 Royal Rumble match.

            That sucks man. Most of the regular users got banned from this website for pretty much everything you said in your 2nd paragraph. The mods weren’t fond of their criticism towards the articles they made and the managing editor of this website got all butthurt for no reason and banned them. And I’m surprised I haven’t been banned from this website because I keep calling them out about the ongoing issues this website is having lol. I guess you and I are safe for now lol.

          • SdotC

            LOL! Yeah, for the time being, anyway. If you remember Y2J, he and I are going to be starting our own site soon, and you’re welcome to jump ship to the Alliance, so to speak lol. Screw that crap, man. Why can’t they just take criticism? And if they really wanted to keep us happy, and they promised me personally that they’d never be like Bleacher Report, knowing that we ALL crap on their articles, why wouldn’t they just change it? The answer– because they can’t. They signed a contract which requires them to do all this, hence the redesign and all the new writers. And I’m just going to be upfront… I can’t promise that everyone will love all of my articles, but you can bet your @ss that I’m going to be open to the criticism and I’ll be right there in the comment section with you guys. And you’ll be able to say @ss in the comment section. Idk if others can here, but I sure can’t. Also, when I post rumors, I won’t put my name as the author and pawn it off like I’m the one with the inside scoop. Right now it’s just a matter of finding a good way to do it so that we can have a good, professional site that doesn’t break the bank without having to have ads slowing down every page and getting in the way, and then putting the pieces in places with Y2J. I’m also going to be making a YouTube channel which i’ll be linking in our site. I’m not sure if I’ll do reviews, but i do want to add original content. I’ll probably start making videos soon, and I’ll link the channel to some of you guys here, and depending on the feedback that gets, I’ll use that as an indicator as to whether or not it’s worth personally paying to give you all a better website than this one.

          • Alejandro

            Yeah I follow him on Disqus lol. For sure I’ll go to your guys’s website. Just let me know when you have it up already.

  • Sid Scotchman

    I still remember the chills i got when Hulk Hogan returned to save Eugene, but i still think that Eugene should of stayed behind to watch Hulk clear house and see his face watching his idle pump the crowd up.

  • KingBack

    May I ask where the f*ck The Rock is on this list?
    His return in 2011 was epic. Period.

    • Chelsii?

      2001, 2004 (twice), 2011, such a shameful article.

  • Chelsii?

    CM Punk’s 2011 is not on here? Really? What about every Edge return? (Pre-Retirement)

  • Devon

    This list is fuckin trash

  • LukeReeve

    Austin left the company due to putting Hogan over at wrestlemania x8? Hogan lost and to The Rock.

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