Dwayne Johnson Revives "Rock" Persona, Will Host Wrestlemania

Can you smell what the Rock is cookin'?

By Michael Preston
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 12:05 PM EDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of CBS Films' 'Faster' at the Chinese Theater on November 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Jabronis everywhere, take note: The Rock is back in the building.

Actor Dwayne Johnson, who got his start as the smack talking, eyebrow-raising professional wrestler known as Rocky Maivia - later shortened to The Rock - is returning to the ring, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Looking just as intimidating as he did when he last laced up his big black boots seven years ago, Johnson pumped some serious energy into the Valentine's Day edition of USA's WWE Raw, announcing his intention to host the sport's biggest event - Wrestlemania - in April. He also delighted fans by tossing off some his famous catch phrases ("Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?") as he dashed through a show-closing monologue.

A former University of Miami football player and once one of WWE's biggest stars, Johnson left the squared circle for the silver screen after a successful turn hosting Saturday Night Live in 2000. He began starring in action/adventure films such as The Scorpion King and Walking Tall before turning to comedic roles in The Game Plan, Get Smart and The Other Guys.

Selected Reading: Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post

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