It’s been a little over five years since WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels retired, and WWE fans are still clamoring to see the “Heartbreak Kid” get back into the ring one more time. Michaels, who will turn 50 this summer, has said numerous times that he plans to stay retired, and, so far, he’s kept his word.
In the world of professional wrestling, there’s usually no such thing as a true retirement, because almost everyone comes back for at least one more match. Sometimes, a wrestler will retire and comeback multiple times, which has killed the retirement stipulation over the years.
As most WWE fans know by now, WrestleMania 32 is taking place at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, and WWE is hoping to have nearly 100,000 people attend the event, which would be a new attendance record. So, with that in mind, WWE could be looking to bring back some popular wrestlers from the past, and on yesterday’s Ross Report, Shawn Michaels confirmed that WWE has already offered him a deal. Near the end of the podcast, Jim Ross warned Michaels that the fans are going to be hounding him during the next year about returning to the ring because WrestleMania is in Michaels’ home state of Texas. Michaels then responded by saying “WWE has already made me an offer,” and then added “I’m happy with staying retired.”
It appears that, as of right now, Michaels isn’t interested in getting back into the ring, no matter who his opponent would be. But, even if Michaels doesn’t wrestle at the event, it’s almost a guarantee that he’ll make an appearance, as WWE always finds something for him to do at WrestleMania.
If Michaels returns, there are really only two opponents that WWE fans would want to see him face. One of them is The Rock. When you think about WWE dream matches that never happened, Michaels vs. Rock is one of the few that come to mind.
It seems that Michaels and The Rock just barely missed each other in their careers, as The Rock was really starting to gain momentum in 1998, Michaels retired due to a back injury. In 2002 when Michaels returned to face Triple H at SummerSlam, at that very same event, The Rock lost to Brock Lesnar, and started to become a full-time actor. The Rock would sporadically return over the next two years, and have matches with Hulk Hogan at No Way Out 2003, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania 19, and then he would team up with Mick Foley to face Evolution at WrestleMania 20. That match would be The Rock’s last WWE match for nearly 8 years.
Michaels retired after WrestleMania 26, and one year later, The Rock made his long-awaited return to WWE. Michaels has since been asked if he has any interest in working with The Rock, and he answers by saying that he’s worked with everyone he’s ever wanted to work with.
The other dream match that WWE fans would want to see is Shawn Michaels taking on Daniel Bryan. Everybody knows that Michaels trained Bryan, and the two of them have had a few interactions on WWE television over the past couple of years. Like Michaels, Bryan is possibly the best in-ring performer of his generation, so the two of them would have a good chance to steal the show if they were pitted against each other at WrestleMania 32.
Whatever Michaels says regarding his retirement over the next year, WWE fans will still want to see him in the ring one last time. But, as previously mentioned, Michaels — as of this moment — is happily retired, and has no plans to step back into the squared-circle.
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