Although Shawn Michaels has been retired from in-ring action for many years now, the question of a possible return to action has never stopped being asked, but HBK has put the issue to bed once and for all.
Michaels has been retired from the WWE ever since he lost his Career vs Streak match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010. The WWE Hall of Famer has been a big advocate to honoring this clause, so he has not stepped foot in a ring since this loss for a match.
However, on several occasions since his last match, HBK has stepped foot inside a ring to officiate a match. He most recently did this on Friday at an NXT live event in San Antonio, Texas when he officiated an NXT Championship match between Drew McIntyre vs Adam Cole.
During the event, WWE fans were aiming 'one more match' chants at Michaels, hoping that he would give in and announce he would be making his return to the ring after all these years. The man himself grabbed the microphone to make sure fans knew what the situation is.
He said, as you can see in the video further down in this article: “I appreciate the sentiment of ‘one more match’ but after refereeing this match I can assure you that I'm too old for this sh*t.”
While it would be nice to see the WWE Hall of Famer back in the ring, he doesn't need to make an in-ring return, as he finished his career arguably the best way possible, producing magic in the ring alongside one of the best of all time at WWE's grandest stage of them all.
Sure, there's plenty of dream matches still available for him if he was to make an in-ring return, such as against AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, but in truth, Michaels isn't the kind of guy that would want to take a spot on the card away from a rising superstar.
If he was to injure himself in this match too, it would end his career on an avoidable sour note.
It would be great to see HBK back in the ring for one more match, but he's probably making the right decision by staying retired.