WWE Opinion: All of the Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H Talk Needs to Stop
It has happened far too often in pro wrestling history. A retirement match is made, a wrestler loses, leaves for days, weeks or months, and then is right back in the ring.
Exhibit A lies in the form of one of the greatest in-ring performers ever: Ric Flair. He had the single biggest send-off in wrestling history. His induction into the Hall of Fame, his retirement match at WrestleMania and his celebration on Raw the next night happened in a span of 72 hours.
Yet less than two years later, he was wrestling Hulk Hogan in Australia.
Simply put, it is no surprise that most of the audience has a hard time taking retirement matches seriously. History is bound to repeat itself, right?
Shawn Michaels is the exception.
There is not one fan of wrestling who wouldn't love to see HBK wrestle one more time. His lack of presence at last year's WrestleMania was evident, as the show was a less than average production. But for once, it is time to believe in someone who says they are retired.
I have read numerous articles and comments about the inevitability of a Michaels vs. Triple H feud getting jump-started at WrestleMania. While the two men could still deliver, the cost of doing that match would far outweigh the benefits.
Sure, the WWE could probably sell this match for a year and have it at WrestleMania XXIX. However, with Triple H gaining more clout in the company, wouldn't he rather be trying to push the young stars instead of bringing a legend out of retirement?
Think about the Undertaker. The Phenom is the single-most respected man in the WWE, and for him to give HBK that type of final match was a huge deal. If Michaels came back to wrestle another match, it would be an insult to the Deadman.
HBK probably already knows how that feels. What do you think his thoughts were when Flair returned to the ring?
Finally, we have to realize that Shawn is completely satisfied with his career and has shown no desire to get back in the ring. After 20-plus years of wrestling, he is most likely experiencing constant pain in his knees and shoulders.
Michaels has a family to take care of and other interests outside of the WWE. His presence in the Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XXVIII is simply to bring more star power to the match. While he may attempt to sway the match in the direction he pleases, in the end, his involvement will have no effect on the winner.
HBK is retired, and if there is one person in the world we should believe when he says something like that, it is Michaels.
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