Its been nearly 10 years since Shawn Michaels stepped foot in a WWE ring as an active competitor. “The Heartbreak Kid” retired from in-ring competition back in 2010 after losing his retirement match to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 in Arizona. It was the second consecutive year Michaels faced Taker at “The Show Of Shows,” and both of their bouts will go down as WrestleMania classics. Since his retirement, Michaels has been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame and appeared on WWE TV several times.
However, he was recently brought back into the fold for a feud with The Brothers Of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane) alongside Triple H. It was then announced Michaels will make his in-ring return for WWE at this weekend’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. Michaels will team up with “The Game” to reform D-Generation X and take on Kane and The Undertaker. Many fans wonder if this could be the first of several return matches for Michaels.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross took to his podcast, “The Ross Report,” to offer his thoughts on the matter. Ross said he believes Michaels has a lot left in the tank if WWE books him properly:
“I think Shawn [has] got plenty of matches left in him if he’s wisely booked,” Ross said. “In other words, I don’t see the return at Saudi Arabia being a one-off. If Shawn can go out and maintain the level of performance that he will be comfortable with, and trust me, he will not be comfortable with mediocrity. Does he have to adjust his game a little bit? Of course he does!
“He will be great no matter what. When he was off for four years and then he came back to wrestle at WWE, I told him when I went to San Antonio [Texas] that he owed it to himself more than anything else to finish his legacy and don’t let it end this way. I’m sure others would tell him the same thing. He took it to heart and made the decision on his own. And he came back and the night he was back, he was amazing.
“After four years off, no practice. So Shawn [has] got a lot left in the tank, in my view, if the vehicle is driven correctly. Pedal to the metal, day-in-day-out ain’t going to happen. If he’s smartly and strategically booked, you’re damn right, I could see him having something big and significant at WrestleMania. He would be if I was sitting in that chair suggesting stuff. At least that would be the suggestion.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions