While Johnson is no stranger to being awesome or hilarious (or hilariously awesome), his 2011 return to the WWE included a few minutes where he broke Kayfabe in order to tug on the heartstrings of everyone watching.
The Rock: I need to take this moment, and I need to tell you something *removes sunglasses* as Dwayne.
Dwayne: It's been a long time since I've been back. Seven years to be exact; but I want to take this moment, in the middle of this ring, to tell you why I'm back. It's not because of the money. It's not to promote a movie. I am back in the middle of this ring because of you.
Dwayne: When I left - when I left the WWE seven years ago I dreamed big, and you guys dreamed big with me. You helped me accomplish my goals - accomplish my dreams - because you never. left. my side; and I wanna take this moment to tell you all here - you're live here - millions watching around the world. I wanna tell you thank you. I love you, and it is because of you that I am back in this ring, and it is because of you - and I give you my word - I am never ever going away.
On May 2nd, 2011, The Rock celebrated his birthday on Raw. It was the usual fun night with The Rock as your host. Nothing unusual happened; the usual owning of Michael Cole, a brief face-off with John Cena, and The Rock getting frisky with the Divas. Then, at the end of the show as The Rock was thanking all of the fans for participating (by now they all had birthday hats on), Vince McMahon shows up, surprising pretty much everyone. He offered The Rock this as a gift. It's pretty much a CMOH for both guys.
Vince: ... but most importantly, Rock, I'd like to thank you for being The Rock. So on behalf of the WWE organization, we've put together a little birthday present for you. And I'll lead to it by simply saying, of all the thank yous, a heartfelt, Rock, thank you for... for coming home.
If the video doesn't do it for you, Ata Johnson, The Rock's mother, tearing up and clapping vigorously for her son should.
Anytime he shows the goosebumps on his rock-hard forearms.
When he won the WWE Championship from Punk at Royal Rumble 2013. The emotion radiating from him in those minutes where he held the championship. Don't ever try to convince anyone who saw that outside the Hate Dumb that he doesn't care just because he's part-time.
When Mick Foley was announced as an entrant into the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Rock was right behind him to congratulate him. Watching the two talk and all of the in-jokes they shared with the crowd while they are at it is worth the watch.
Honestly, the team of The Rock and Mankind (The Rock 'n Sock Connection) could count as this. The former was a hip, electrifying, good looking young man with a bit of a bullying streak. The latter was an overweight, scraggly dork who took every opportunity to look "uncool" as possible (to the point of using a dirty sock as a puppet named Socko, hence the "Sock" part of the team name). Nevertheless, they had amazing chemistry together and complimented each other nicely in a match. It was like the high school's popular jock hanging out with the good-natured geek. Even after splitting, they remained good friends in kayfabe and in real life.
At the end of his match at Wrestlemania 29, hugging his mother, daughter, girlfriend, ex-wife, and the widow of the legendary Skandor Akbar.
Dwayne buys a new car as a surprise for his housekeeper.
This is a big one that started on the 10/18/99 Raw. After seeing his first book, Have A Nice Day, thrown in the trash, Mankind laid into The Rock with a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech, ripping on how arrogant and selfish he was after presumably throwing the book in the trash. While Foley was wrong about the book, as Al Snow was the one who did it, those words ended up striking a nerve with The Rock, who did not say a word in response. Fast forward to 12/27/99, where Mankind and Rock were forced into a "Pink Slip on a Pole" Match by the orders of the now McMahon-Helmsley Regime. Mankind lost. The heartwarming part that ties it all together would come on the 1/10/00 Raw: The Rock, armed with the entire roster in tow, threatened to walk out on the Regime if they did not do one thing: reinstate Mick Foley. This also crosses into CMOA territory, as this would be where he really morphed into the true People's Champion.
RAW is OWEN: Rock barely keeps it together during his pre-match promo, dedicating the upcoming People's Elbow to Owen Hart. During the match, he hits the move and goes for the cover, furiously pointing up as the referee makes the three count.