Just like LL Cool J said in his famous hit from the early 1990s, the superstars in the WWE’s latest list doesn’t want you to call it a comeback either.
WWE.com posted a new poll on the heels of Batista’s return focusing on which superstar received the most thunderous ovation as they again walked down the aisle to the delight of the WWE Universe.
With every return listed in the poll nearly tearing the roof off their corresponding arena, there are a select few of the returns that stood out from the others.
Brock Lesnar, 2012
The hinted return of Brock Lesnar all WrestleMania 28 weekend added to the roar from the crowd in Miami as the former WWE and UFC Heavyweight champion closed out Raw by confronting and hitting the F-5 on John Cena.
Even after that night in Miami, Lesnar still receives great ovations across the country in his appearances on Raw and feuds with Cena, Triple H, CM Punk and the Big Show.
Bret Hart, 2010
It’s become a recent tradition for the WWE to bring their ‘A’ game in their first Monday Night Raw of the New Year with steep competition from college football’s National Championship game being held on Mondays.
With Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff making their debuts on Impact Wrestling the same night, Bret “The Hitman” Hart made his first appearance on WWE television in more than 12 years as he buried the hatchet with Shawn Michaels and set the groundwork for what will be a WrestleMania feud with Vince McMahon.
During the Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW, it would common place for Sting to descend from the rafters of an arena at the end of an episode of Nitro and attack the New World Order, either physically or mentally.
The former World Heavyweight Champion made his way down from the rafters at the 1997 edition of the WCW Uncensored PPV in what would be the more exciting moment instead of the March 17th edition of Nitro.
Sting attacking Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Randy Savage and ultimately Hollywood Hogan left the crowd in cheering for more as WCW was on the comeback trail against the seemingly overpowering New World Order.
The Rock, 2011
Since leaving the WWE as a full-time competitor following SummerSlam 2002, the Rock had many cameo appearances at major
The return to the WWE as the special guest host for WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta was one that was unexpected by many fans of the WWE as Rock received a massive ovation by the fans on the 2011 Valentine’s Day episode of Raw.
Rock would go on what could be his last run with the WWE as he defeated John Cena at WrestleMania 28, CM Punk for the WWE Championship at last year’s Royal Rumble and finally lose the title to John Cena in their rematch at WrestleMania 29.
Triple H, 2002
There have been ear-rattling pops for many a superstar throughout the WWE’s history of running shows at the company’s unofficial home arena, Madison Square Garden.
And then there was the pop for Triple H’s return to the WWE from a torn left quadriceps muscle that nearly shook the foundation of the World’s Most Famous Arena.
The ovation, which Jim Ross mentioned was the loudness sustained roar he had heard at MSG, was deafening as the Game made his way down the ramp for the first time in eight months.
After a quick and decisive beat down of Kurt Angle to end the show, Triple H would ride the momentum of his return through a win in the 2002 Royal Rumble match and becoming the second WWE Undisputed Champion at WrestleMania X-8.
While likely some will feel there are major returns omitted from this and the poll on WWE.com, the WWE still has it in them to surprise us fans and have us jump out of our seats for returns of our favorite superstars.
There is no telling what other former superstar might make a return to the WWE and join this list on the Road to WrestleMania with the Royal Rumble just a few days away.
About Chris Humphrey: Chris is a former WWE featured columnist for Bleacher Report, along with covering a variety of other topics from college football to the UFC. You can follow him on Twitter at @_CBH_.