Top 10 Best WWE Returns of 20222022 has been one of the craziest years in professional wrestling / sports entertainment in quite some time with many things changing inside the biggest company in the game, the WWE, as well as outside of it in other promotions. The most shocking event this year for professional wrestling fans was of course Vince McMahon's resignation as chairman of WWE, being replaced by his daughter Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan as co-CEOs. Additionally, Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, took over as Head of creative and decided to bring back many former WWE superstars to the company. All of these changes resulted in many amazing returns to WWE so let's rank them all.
After six years away from the company, Cody Rhodes returned at WrestleMania 38. There, The American Nightmare defeated Seth Rollins. While his return was one of the worst kept secrets in professional wrestling history, Cody Rhodes received one of the biggest ovations ever. His return was made even better by the fact that he kept the same presentation and theme song he had been using outside the company. Since returning, he has had amazing matches including on of the best Hell in a Cell matches of all time against Seth Rollins, in which Cody competed despite his right pec muscle being torn right off the bone in a gym accident days prior to the show. His return from injury will definitely be another great moment. This entry is the easy number one on this list as just the year prior no one would have ever thought this possible.
After weeks of the "white rabbit" teases on WWE's weekly shows Raw and SmackDown, Bray Wyatt made his long awaited return at the end of Extreme Rules 2022. Wyatt was one of the many superstars who were released due to budget cuts in 2021 and ever since his last appearance at WrestleMania 37, fans have been hoping for a return, especially because of the changes WWE has gone through in 2022. This is a great contender for the greatest return of 2022 for sure and it is easily the greatest return from the "Triple H era".
Bayley was injured in a match in 2021 and she had to take time off to heal her torn ACL. She made her return at SummerSlam 2022 alongside Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky after the Raw Women's championship match between the champion Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch. This return was made even better by the fact no one expected it. Since then, Bayley, Dakota and Iyo call themselves Damage CTRL and have been making a big impact on the women's division.
On the August 5, 2022 episode of SmackDown, Karrion Kross made his unannounced return to WWE alongside his wife Scarlett, attacking Drew McIntyre at the end of the show. Now that Triple H is in charge of WWE's creative department, it is nice to see him bring back superstars like Kross who were used poorly under the Vince McMahon regime. Karrion Kross is back better than ever and the entire roster has been put on notice. Tick tock!
Braun Strowman made his return on Monday Night Raw on 5th September 2022 laying waste to four competitors who were having a match. Strowman was shockingly released in 2021 after having just competed in a world title match, with the reason being budget cuts. With him gone, the WWE was seemingly trying to find a new giant, but without success. Now the "Monster Among Men" is back with a new theme song, a new look and he's ready to let his opponents get these hands once again.
The heart and soul of NXT left WWE after his contract expired in December 2021. He returned in August 2022 on Raw to everyone's surprise and received a massive ovation. With Triple H as head of creative, Gargano certainly has a better chance at making it big in WWE compared to just a few months prior. Since his return, he has started a feud with Austin Theory.
Stone Cold Steve Austin made his in ring return at WrestleMania 38 against Kevin Owens after being challenged to a No Holds Barred match. Surprisingly he accepted the challenge and the two had a banger and it is now Austin's last match.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson made their return on October 10, 2022 on Raw to come to the aid of their friend AJ Styles against Finn Balor and the rest of the Judgment Day.
Dexter Lumis' return to WWE is one of the most interesting ones on this list, and definitely one of the most creative in quite some time. He started appearing on Raw in the crowd looking like he wanted to jump the barricade to get in the ring, before being taken away by security guards. Eventually Lumis succeeded and it turns out his intention was to kidnap The Miz. Ever since, Dexter has been stalking Miz on Raw and even in the man's home, which has provided fans with very entertaining television. This man has every fan's attention and they are excited to see what's next.
Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky (formerly known as Io Shirai) made their returns to WWE alongside Bayley at SummerSlam 2022 to confront Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch. Since then they have made it big in the women's division becoming women's tag team champions.
Candice LeRae made her return on Raw unannounced and had her first match in months against Nikki A.S.H. It was the first time WWE fans got to see LeRae in a wrestling ring since last year, before she departed after becoming pregnant. She joins her husband Johnny Gargano on Monday Night Raw, the two of them having been fan favorites in NXT.
Edge returned at SummerSlam 2022 to take revenge on the Judgment Day, the faction he created who betrayed him.
Scarlett returned alongside Karrion Kross on SmackDown as his valet.
Hit Row made their surprise return to WWE on August 12, 2022 on SmackDown. Composed of Top Dolla, Ashante "Thee" Adonis and B-Fab, the group were released in 2021 as part of budget cuts. It felt like they never got a fair chance at showing what they can do in WWE and now that Triple H had taken over creatively, the group has a second chance.