EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
With the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw just days away, and The Rock returning with the promise that he'll be chasing the WWE championship, I thought it appropriate to remember the last time "The Brahma Bull" won the title.
It happened on this date in WWE history (July 21, 2002) at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, in a triple threat match against Undertaker and Kurt Angle at Vengeance.
The feud headed into the event was standard fare. Undertaker held the title coming in and requested a match against Rock after he interfered in 'Taker's match against Triple H at King of the Ring. Angle was added in when he went to a draw with "Big Evil" and had his name thrown into the picture.
Though Rock would win the belt, he was just a holdover champion. In fact, he lost it just over one month later at SummerSlam, putting over Brock Lesnar and sending him on his way to superstar status.
An extended hiatus and a few sporadic feuds and appearances later, and Rock was done with wrestling. His match at WrestleMania 20 with Mick Foley would mark the final time he stepped between the ropes to do what made him famous. That is until just last year when he made his triumphant return to active wrestling first at Survivor Series and then as the headlining act at WrestleMania 28.
Now he's in the midst of jumping back and forth between movies and WWE, using one venture to help promote and build the other. Does he have one more WWE championship win in his future? We shall see.
In the meantime, check out the last one after the jump.