In 2010, Shawn Michaels retired from wrestling after losing a ‘Career vs Streak’ match at WrestleMania 26 to The Undertaker.
It was a heartbreaking moment for WWE fans, as Michaels was a crowd favourite ever since his return to the ring in 2002.
Many years have gone past and many calls for HBK to come out of retirement and return to the squared circle have been ignored.
Now well into his 50s, the ‘Heartbreak Kid’ has been coaching at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, helping nurture the next big things in the business.
He decided to make another appearance on this past week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, where he addressed the ‘last time ever’ match between Taker and his former tag team partner – Triple H – at WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia.
HBK’s promo turned into something much, much bigger though – as the ‘Deadman’ interrupted and claimed Michaels retired out of ‘fear’ and not ‘respect’ that he claimed previously.
The interaction between the pair led to fans clamouring for a third WrestleMania instalment of the series, and you could be forgiven for thinking that’s where the company were leading with the segment.
But according to Dave Meltzer, fans who will be attending Mania at the Metlife Stadium in April may well be disappointed if they’re expecting a match of that magnitude.
The positive news is that, according to Meltzer at the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, per WrestlingInc, the plan is for HBK to return to the ring in November, which is incredible news.
However, the slightly dampening part is that he’s set to take part in a match in WWE’s next Saudi Arabia show, and not a big event like WrestleMania.
The Saudi shows are even-more lucrative than Mania so it’s not shocking that Michaels has finally been tempted to lace the boots up again, but he won’t be going at it with Taker on his own.
Meltzer reports that the plans are not for HBK to work a singles match, but more-than-likely a tag team match with ‘The Game’ against Undertaker and a partner.
This does make sense as Michaels exclusively revealed to GiveMeSport in June that he would only return in a tag match against other veterans instead of a singles bout against a full-time star as it ‘wouldn’t be the same’ – and that’s totally understandable.
But whilst some will complain that it’s set to take place in the Middle East, fans should be thrilled that one of the greatest sports entertainers ever is set to make his comeback.