As the sunset begins to lower on the year 2012, we naturally look back on what the year was and what the year brought us. This year, we saw a multitude of new talent being introduced to us to show case their in ring talent. We have been graced with some moments that will last a lifetime in and out the ring. We were graced with the returns of various superstars from yester-year such as Brock Lesnar, Luke Gallows and JBL. But one return, one moment that we all may never forget was that 2012 brought us the in ring return of The Peoples Champ, The Rock.
The year 2012 will not just be the extent of the in ring action of The Great One, because he announced that he would challenge for the WWE Championship at the 2013 Royal Rumble. As of right now, the match between The Rock vs CM Punk is scheduled.
Which brings us to the start of 2013. Traditionally, the first Monday Night Raw of the New Year starts off with a major bang. In the past, on the year premiers of Raw, we have seen the return of Bret “The Hitman” Hart, John Cena take on Kevin Federline (a moment I try to forget) and even Triple H vs Shawn Michaels started 2005 off with a match of the year type match on Raw. The January 7th 2013 edition of Raw will be no exception, as The Rock is scheduled to be on the show in addition to the Smackdown taping the next night, live in Miami. After the premier week, The Rock will make regular scheduled appearances heading into the Royal Rumble and also Wrestlemania 29.
The Rock’s sporadic appearances seems to test the patients of wrestling fans, as the past couple of years, fans have felt almost betrayed by The Rock for not standing by his promise of “never leaving again”. That is left to speculation as to what he really meant by that, but expect the criticism to surface once again since the convenience of The Rock’s new film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is set to come out on March 29th 2013, one week before Wrestlemania 29.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports