The return of ‘Heartbreak Kid’, Shawn Michaels, to a WWE ring has brought me great joy. While the joy of seeing Shawn Michaels back in the ring is high, it also brings some major concerns to the forefront of my mindset.
For most of my childhood and adolecent years, Shawn Michaels was the guy. I don’t care what you think, for me, HBK was the man. I remember never seeing him wrestle in his prime and wanting to play him as a character in WWE games. I remember wishing I would have seen him while he was an active competitor. And then he came back.
He came back to the ring and launched an 8 year long second coming of HBK. It was immensely successful, even if he only held a world title once. Shawn would go on to have the best matches of his career until retiring in 2010 at WrestleMania.
For years I would read online about dream matches involving Shawn Michaels. At one point last year, it was rumored that Michaels would return to the ring to wrestle AJ Styles. That ended up not happening, but the rumors flew.
Names like Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and others came up as dream match options for HBK. All of those would be amazing, and most of me wanted to see them happen. Then, there’s the small part of me that was happy to see Shawn stay on the sidelines.
The reason why I have thought about it being better for Shawn to stay out of the WWE at this point is very simple: His best might be way behind him. While I would love to see Shawn back a few times a year, I still will remember his epic matches as being epic.
The risk that WWE is running for me is ruining Shawns last run with the company. It was so good, so anything less than amazing would be a huge factor for Michaels. It’s concerning.
Yet, as I write those words, the majority of my mind is telling me that I am an idiot and that I know Shawn will be nothing but amazing. It’s The Showstopper we are talking about here.
For now, I am cheering on the decision to bring Shawn Michaels out of retirement. At this point, I am hoping for the best.