The Rock's greatest New York/New Jersey moments

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February 28, 2013

Royal Rumble 2000: A 'Royal' return to The Garden

Flash-forward to 2000 and Rocky Maivia was no more, replaced by the rude, crude attitude of The Rock: an electrifying, muscle-bound warrior in thousand-dollar shirts and ten thousand-dollar watches who took on all comers and suffered no fools. By the time the Royal Rumble pay-per-view came to Madison Square Garden in January 2000, Rockamania was in full swing and The Brahma Bull — already a multiple-time WWE Champion at this point — was a favorite among the WWE Universe to triumph in the Rumble’s eponymous 30-man melee and claim a WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania. The Great One delivered as only he can, entering the Royal Rumble Match at No. 24 and notching four eliminations in the bout, last hauling Big Show over the ropes to seize glory in one of WWE’s most chaotic contests.

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