Shawn Michaels is one of the greatest superstars in WWE history. His career started in the mid-1980s, he became a top guy in the mid-1990s, a back injury put him on the shelf for about four years, but then he came back for a very successful final run from 2002 to 2010. When he retired he was a few months shy of his 45th birthday. Michaels turns 53 next month, so the clock is ticking on how long it’s possible that he could wrestle.
For the past eight years, there have been numerous reports about Michaels possibly wrestling one more match because he’s a guy that’s in good shape. However, Michaels has not come back to the ring. Most of the time when he was asked about it he would dismiss it…until now.
In an interview with SkySports that was released to promote WWE’s upcoming WWE UK shows later this month, Michaels seemed open to the idea of one more match.
“I’ve been retired for eight years now and when it got to the five-year mark I thought people would start asking me but they just kind of stopped. I think it’s one of those that you would never say never about and if it was just for a one-off then it’s something that I would take a look at. It would have to be done the right way and just for one match rather than something that ran for longer. It could be possible but people would have to accept they wouldn’t be getting the Showstopper, Mr. WrestleMania, and that I’m 52 years old now.”
Michaels also talked about who on the current WWE roster he would have liked to wrestle.
“If it was the Shawn Michaels of 10 years ago I would love to have gotten in the ring with so many of the guys that are competing today. AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan would be good, and then there’s the guys in NXT too. Someone like a Johnny Gargano would be fantastic.”
As for that one more match idea, Michaels has something in mind that may have been a bit tongue in cheek on his part.
“But for a one-off match now, I’d need it to be a tag-team match where Hunter (Triple H) and I can just do a few crotch chops and have some fun.”
Wrestling fans know to never say never. It doesn’t sound like Michaels is going to push for one more match, but the fact that he said he would be open to one match does mean at least there’s a chance for it.
TJR Thougths: I would be all for it whether it was a tag match or singles. I don’t think Shawn is saying he wants to Styles, Bryan or Gargano, but if he was still active he would be open to it.
Michaels is my favorite wrestler and I wrote about him in-depth when he retired eight years ago. It’s my favorite article I’ve ever written. You can read it here in case you haven’t seen it.