When Shawn Michaels stepped away from wrestling in 2010 and brought an end to one of the best in-ring careers ever, he did the rare thing of actually staying retired.
As the years went by, it seemed like Michaels was going to be the first wrestler ever to retire on his own accord and stay that way.
Even when the rumours of a match with AJ Style set the internet on fire last year, HBK resisted and stayed true to his word.
So, naturally, it was confusing to many when Michaels decided to end his eight-year retirement for a tag-team match against two guys he had fought numerous times before.
D-Generation X - Triple H & Michaels - took on the Brothers of Destruction - Undertaker and Kane - and picked up the victory in the main event of Crown Jewel.
Michaels is 53-years-old now, but reports have suggested that Michaels would be lined up for a WrestleMania bout in New York next year.
Speaking to WWE.com after Crown Jewel, Michaels intimated that he will now go back into retirement.
“This was a good reminder why I didn’t do it for eight years and why I won’t do again, if I can possibly help it. Monday night, Shawn will be back at the P.C. We’re going back to our regular lives. It was a lot of fun to do but I’m glad it’s over.”
The fact he said "if I can possibly help it" is certainly something and while the Saudi Arabian money no doubt played a part in his comeback, perhaps a WrestleMania payday could do the same.
It could be argued that Michaels was the best performer out of the four men in the match - although Triple H picked up a serious pectoral injury - and there is some life in him yet.
Reports suggest that WWE would like to pair Michaels with Styles given the fan reaction to the poster made of the two last year, but, ultimately, that decision lies with Michaels.
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