The 2016 Royal Rumble is this Sunday, and that means rumors will be running at a record pace in the wrestling world. Coupled with the WWE’s unprecedented injury bug as well as the company’s need to deliver big on the first stop to the road to the biggest WrestleMania in Dallas’ massive AT&T Stadium, it isn’t outside the realm of the WWE calling on some old names to generate interest.
The latest rumor making the rounds is that the WWE has contacted WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels to make his return to the ring during the Royal Rumble match. On the latest episode of the WOOOOO! Nation podcast with Ric Flair, the “Nature Boy” dropped the info that WWE doesn’t want Michaels’ retirement to be permanent, and that they’ve been trying to get him into the 2016 Royal Rumble as a surprise participant.
In professional wrestling nobody who retires usually stays retired. “The Heartbreak Kid” is the rare exception. Michaels lost a career-threatening match to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26, a rematch of their classic confrontation at Wrestlemania 25, and hasn’t wrestled since. “They want him so bad for Royal Rumble,” Flair said. “But he ain’t budging from that ranch down there in Texas.”
While the biggest wrestling fan in me would love to see the greatest in-ring performer of all time give it one last go for the WWE, nobody could’ve wrote a better last note as a competitor. I would hate for Michaels to really live up to his moniker as the Michael Jordan of pro wrestling and put on a Wizards jersey for an injury-plagued roster.
Sure, it will be cool to see Shawn come back and kick a few heads off before he gets tossed out of the ring. However, if Michaels is to come back for one last match and it isn’t against Daniel Bryan or Seth Rollins, you can keep it. The 2016 Royal Rumble takes place this Sunday at Orlando’s Amway Arena at 8pm on the WWE Network.
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