As noted a couple of days ago, AJ Styles told Sports Illustrated that he would like to wrestle Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble in San Antonio. It was a response to a question so it’s not like he was going out of his way to start rumors but it took on a life of it’s own a couple of hours after the interview was published when Styles posted a fan made graphic that got more people talking.
Michaels has said in the past that he did not want to go back on the stipulation from his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26. While he is still in great shape, it does not appear that he will be coming back although we could have said the same for Sting, Bill Goldberg and others. WWE was firmly against Kurt Angle returning but it looks likely that he will be back in 2017 so you can never say never in the wrestling business.
Dave Meltzer noted on Friday that the last time Michaels was asked about doing one more match, he was firm with his answer about not doing it. He noted that while people do change their mind (see: Bret Hart), that Michaels said this not too long ago. The 2017 Royal Rumble will be taking place in HBK’s hometown so I’ll bet that Vince McMahon or Triple H will be calling him to get him on that show. Perhaps he can come in as a special referee if he chooses not to wrestle.