On RAW, HBK and The Undertaker teased the possibility of one more match.
I mean when it was revealed that Shawn Michaels was going to be on RAW. I think we could all assume that it wasn't going to be a big deal. That it was going to be a promotion for WWE Network's WWE Super ShowDown in Australia. Yet, something magical happened.
Shawn Michaels was talking smack about The Undertaker. Then the man he was taunting came out in a surprising moment. The two icons went back in forth verbally. HBK went as far as saying he is offered "dream matches" every year before WrestleMania. Which is true but this time the glaring "One More Match" chant felt more believable. You could even tell Michaels has the itch to get back into the ring, or maybe he is just an incredible actor. The Undertaker was clearly provoking the situation. The promo focus went from Triple H/The Undertaker to the confrontation between Shawn Michaels/The Undertaker.
The segment between the two legends was brilliantly done, and it was something that added a little extra to an already good RAW that was creatively better than most weeks.
I thought for sure that it was going to end with Shawn Michaels hitting Sweet Chin Music on The Undertaker. This over-the-top teasing might just be for WWE Super ShowDown and the Last Time Ever match between The Undertaker and Triple H. Fans are speculating the possibilities of Taker/HBK at WrestleMania 35. Ten years have past since The Undertaker retired Shawn Michaels. Out of all the dream matches and part time matches that could happen at WrestleMania 35, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker weren't on my list. We all assumed the story was over. Shawn Michaels name pops up in dream match scenarios every year. Most recently, AJ Styles vs Shawn Michaels. And before that, Daniel Bryan vs Shawn Michaels.
This brings up the question of should pro wrestling get rid of the term retirement? Wrestlers compete at all ages. Plus it doesn't matter how long or inactive they are. They usually come back to the ring. Just look at Goldberg last year. We thought he was comfortably retired. Look at Ric Flair when he went to TNA. Look at the countless legends on the independent scene who have matches time to time. Billy Gunn, Tommy Dreamer, and Bully Ray all competed at ALL IN. All three of them were though to be retired. Or at least retired from WWE.
Heck, The Undertaker ignored his retirement from Roman Reigns. Who could blame him? He clearly didn't want to leave. If Taker is wrestling on borrowed time can we at least see him face Sting? Michaels may have gained more time after taking ten years off.
Michaels coming out of retirement for another match is similar to a legendary film franchise coming out with another installment. Fans of the franchise want the past to stay in the past, and not mess with the original films, yet it is so exciting to see something from the past come alive again. Michaels probably was doing his job, and he has stayed true to his retirement similar to Stone Cold Steve Austin. The matter of if he should stay retired is up to him of course. In my opinion I'm fine if any wrestler wants to come back for one more match. Because one day they will be truly gone, and we won't have that chance. Also "retirement" in pro wrestling needs to be revised. Not to mention the old, traditional "go out on your back" gimmick.
If HBK triumphantly returns it will be one of the most shocking developments in WWE history. Who should HBK face if he has one more match? Comment below!
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