There's a reason why WWE stars stay retired. Most of them do come back at some point. Goldberg is the latest example of that. When his first stint in the WWE ended at WrestleMania 20, there were never any intentions of going back to professional wrestling. Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair wrestled in the 1980s and even well into the late-90s. There was nothing stopping those two WWE legends from entertaining the masses and coming back on television.
Those were primarily the first examples of not leaving professional wrestling. Granted, they didn't overstay their welcome, as they made great contributions to the product. Even Flair helped bring up two future WWE Hall of Fame wrestlers in Batista and Randy Orton in Evolution. However, it was that logic of just not stepping away from the ring that is being practiced by more WWE veterans day-by-day. It's honestly one reason why the WWE isn't succeeding consistently.
Either due to injury, or by choice, WWE stars haven't returned after retiring, despite rumors always running wild from year-to-year. Stone Cold Steve Austin hasn't came back to the ring, even though he could. Edge can't return due to injury, but if he really wanted to try, then Edge could make it happen. Daniel Bryan still hasn't wrestled since his retirement earlier in 2016. Lita or Trish Stratus on the women's side won't come back either.
Just like Austin, another man has honored his retirement from the WWE and didn't come back to wrestle. That man is Shawn Michaels, who lost a retirement match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 27. It was the rematch the world wanted to see, even though it was Michaels' last match. Now, rumors of his comeback have circulated before, yet they never came to fruition. Those rumors are returning, but sadly Michaels isn't going to come back. According to F4WOnline.com, Shawn Michaels is adamant on not returning to the WWE.
"As noted, there have been unsubstantiated rumors of WWE trying to get Shawn Michaels to come out of retirement for a match against WWE World Champion AJ Styles at the 2017 Royal Rumble pay-per-view.In an earlier report by the Inquisitr, the initial story of Michaels and Styles came out. It was after the WWE World champion spoke to Sports Illustrated and talked about those rumors that came out about him and Michaels at the Royal Rumble this year. The Phenomenal One was very candid and said it would be an honor to face the Heartbreak Kid in any capacity. Unfortunately, that won't happen unless the circumstances are extremely towards Michaels' favor.
"Styles fueled the rumors by posting a fan-created graphic of he and Michaels yesterday. In regards to the rumors, F4Wonline.com reports that Michaels was firm that he would not come out of retirement the last time WWE asked him about doing a match. That was not too long ago but as we've seen, anything is possible in the world of pro wrestling."
There's no doubt that Michaels and Styles could sellout any arena in the world. A main event between the two could arguably produce the best buyrate for any WWE pay-per-view, no matter what brand. Forbes detailed it nicely in a recent piece on how Michaels and Styles is truly a dream match waiting to happen.
Will these two WWE stars collide? Perhaps not, but there's always a chance something happens and Michaels gets that itch to wrestle again. If he does, it will only be for the WWE, so there's no worries as far as that's concerned. For WrestleMania in the future, you never know who may show up. Shawn Michaels could be that someone, and AJ Styles may be in for the match of his life.
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