Shawn Michaels, now 52-years-old, is arguably one of the most beloved performers in professional wrestling history. After losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI, Michaels was forced to retire from in-ring competition due to the stipulation of their match. He now works as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL.
Rumors and speculation on a possible return for “The Heartbreak Kid” have always existed in some fashion, but the past month or so has seen a large increase in attention directed towards said possibility. This is largely in part to what he has said in recent interviews himself.
While in the UK for the UK Championship Tournament, Michaels was interviewed by Daily Star, where he explained his ongoing hesitation on working another match.
“I am guilty of not really wanting to work for a living. To put me in a singles match at [WrestleMania] it’s a very strenuous and anxious process, once you get in there it’s phenomenal. But to get ready for it is 100% work, and I don’t want to put myself or my family through that to go out and try and steal the show at 52 for God’s sakes.”
“If you take the younger version of me and put me in with [the younger guys] course it would be a blast. But at the same time, I would like to be the younger version of me and be the ring with Harley Race and Buddy Rodgers. That’s something that can’t happen in real life. … Fans want me to nip up and have everything look like it’s 1996 or 1997, that’s never gonna happen as Father Time waits on no man.”
His comments also stem from an earlier article by Sky Sports, where he had the following to say:
“I’ve been retired for eight years now and when it got to the five-year mark I thought people would start asking me but they just kind of stopped. I think it’s one of those that you would never say never about and if it was just for a one-off then it’s something that I would take a look at. It would have to be done the right way and just for one match rather than something that ran for longer. It could be possible but people would have to accept they wouldn’t be getting the Showstopper, Mr. WrestleMania, and that I’m 52 years old now.”
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