4. Goldberg – 2003
What made the return of the man who went 173 matches undefeated in WCW and marking his WWE debut so special was the fact that no one knew what to expect and most importantly, he had remained a cornerstone in many wrestling fans hearts.
No doubt that fans kept wishing that he would make a hasty return to the ring and treat us to more body slams, standing in the pyro and blowing smoke out of his mouth like a fire-breathing dragon ready to conquer any opponent that stood between him and the world title:
3. Kane – 2002
This return was epic, pure and simple!!
Kane had been out of action for a few months having been brutally injured at the hands of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and X-Pac (the NWO) and a 2×4. We were then treated to a storyline involving Test, Lance Storm and Christian. Every member of this trio was from Canada and referred to themselves as the “Un-Americans”.
The “Un-Americans” ran rampant and they continuously imposed their will on fellow wrestlers and further pushed their anti-American rhetoric. The final straw was when they were going to burn the American flag in the middle of the ring, Booker T and Gold Dust did their best to stop this, but to no avail.
Enter the “Big Red Machine”:
P.S. What made this comeback all the more epic was Jim Ross’ one of a kind style of commentary “SEND HIM TO HELL!!!! SEND HIM TO HELL!!!”
2. Brock Lesnar – 2012
After having been defeated by “The Rock”, John Cena came out and had a whole speech about how he respected “The Rock” and he just wanted to celebrate the “Rock”. What he found instead was a beast. Hungry, well rested and eager to conquer.
No doubt Brock Lesnar was one of the guys that the crowd loved to hate, but they appreciated his contribution to the WWE. When his unmistakable theme music hit, with that beginning part that sounds like a robotic T-Rex announcing that it was ready to feed, the arena roof nearly got blown off by the loud roar of the capicty crowd in attendance cheering one of the most hated men in wrestling.
This is undoubtedly one of the most epic of returns and the crowd chanting “Holy Sh*t” as the beast prowled to the ring and stalked his prey is the only proof that we need.
- Triple H – 2002
After tearing his quadricep muscle, Triple was back! During his absence WWE ran many promos and videos preparing us for the return of “The Game”. Triple H returned to a raucus Madison Square Garden crowd showing their love for a personality that was greatly missed during his time on the shelf.
Triple H returned to make an enormous announcement that he was entering the 2002 Royal Rumble, but the most notable thing about this return in particular was his physique. He had returned almost double the size he was when he got injured and nothing proved this better than when he had Kurt Angle poised for his signature move the “Pedigree” as Kurt’s head completely disappeared between Triple H’s thighs.
When I watched this episode of RAW, I wished I was there to witness it live. A return that will go down in the history books.
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Credit is also due to the creative team that helped put this list together:
Safwaan Sibda – Twitter: @SafwaanSibda
Rameez Savahl – Twitter: @Ramz_Jillybean