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Veterans of the WWE: Who's Next to Come Back to the WWE?

David LevinSenior Writer IIApril 18, 2012

Veterans of the WWE: Who's Next to Come Back to the WWE?

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    Who is next?

    In the past four months, the WWE has trotted out veterans who have been away from the ring for extended periods of time to compete and draw ratings.

    While The Rock, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar and now Lord Tensai (Albert) have been a vital part of programming where superstars of today (CM Punk and John Cena) have been involved in various angles, other wrestlers who have been given a push and summarily had the rug pulled out from underneath them (Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, R-Truth and The Miz) are still waiting to climb back toward the top of the mountain.

    But who is next? Who else is on the list of superstars from the past that the WWE will be bringing in to get a rise out of the fans and at the gate? Who will be the one who will do the one thing this company needs more than anything—get ratings?

    Here is a look at some former superstars who could make their way back to the WWE and make a huge impact.

Batista

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    There was talk in January of this before WrestleMania 28, but it did not happen.

    Batista has been a vocal critic of WWE’s PG initiative, he's gone on record saying John Cena killed hardcore, edgy wrestling and he is in no hurry to come back and work with The Miz. Batista has also said the current WWE product is “brutal.”

    A Cena-Batista angle would be a great get for the WWE and would make the WWE Universe happy. But in reality, can you see Cena really become the whipping post for the brand after The Rock, Lord Tensai and Brock Lesnar?

Goldberg

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    Who's next?

    Goldberg was the one wrestler who took full advantage of his 15 minutes of fame and still remains a fan favorite in wrestling circles.

    While it has been years since he sniffed a wrestling ring, could he at some point come back for a match or program with a current WWE superstar?

    The fans would want to see it, but maybe not the wrestlers in the back.

    The knock on Goldberg was he was stiff, robotic and a pain in the ass to work with.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    Everyone give me a "hell yeah" on this one.

    Wouldn't it be great to see Rock-Austin one more time or even Austin and CM Punk get in the ring to see who the baddest anti-hero is in WWE history?

    Would Austin—who retired from the ring but has remained active through guest appearances and on Tough Enough—be willing to climb back into the ring after injuries helped his early retirement?

Mick Foley

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    This is bound to happen. For as many times as Foley appears on Raw in a "non-wrestling" role, you have to figure he will get back in the ring again at some point again.

    Foley was one of the handful of veteran superstars who returned to the ring at the Royal Rumble and has also spoken about wanting to be involved in "one more match."

Lita

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    Recently, Lita spoke openly about her leaving the WWE. Could this lead to her return to the ring and to the WWE fans?

    We sure hope so.

    Lita, along with Trish Stratus, Mickie James and Torrie Wilson, were part of a period in women's wrestling that may never be duplicated.

    Lita's return would give new life to the women's division and do something that hasn't happened for the divas in a number of years—give them life while they have been on life support.

Ric Flair

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    There is a rumor that Ric Flair may return to the WWE. Please do not come back, Ric!

    After seeing Flair over the past year, I have come to the realization (as has everyone else) that this is a travesty of what wrestling was. Slurred speech, bad hair, slow gait and poor wrestling ability. Yes, Ric Flair is old.

    And while Hulk Hogan may be in his late 50s, he sure as hell is in better condition that the man who was once considered the greatest wrestler of all time.

    Stay away, Ric. We don't need you in the WWE.

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