The beginning of each and every year in the WWE signifies the start of the major push toward WrestleMania. The Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, respectively, are also two of the biggest shows WWE has each and every year.
While post-WrestleMania season always seems to be the time when a "spring cleaning" occurs and WWE releases a large amount of talent, this year may see the return of numerous superstars from years past.
In this slideshow, I will give you five professional wrestlers that have graced the grand stage of WWE in years past but may see a return to the most famous squared circle in the world in 2013.
Are they all guaranteed to happen? Absolutely not. None of them are. Some may seem a little outside the box for your tastes.
There is no denying that each wrestler has kept an active career and would benefit both themselves and the WWE if a return were to happen.
Without further ado, here are five wrestlers who may return to WWE in 2013!
The tail end of 2012 saw Shelton Benjamin decide to leave Ring of Honor Wrestling in favor of multiple opportunities in "the land of the rising sun," Japan.
This ultimately leaves the door wide open for a return to WWE at some point in 2013. There is no question that Shelton is one of the absolute best pure athletes in the entire wrestling business.
Since Shelton left WWE in April 2010, he has been extremely active wrestling all over the world in front of different audiences.
At age 37 in professional wrestling, Benjamin could still see a rejuvenation in his career and create some memorable moments with some of the new WWE talent.
While it is a complete uncertainty if he will return at all, I wouldn't be surprised to see him compete in the 2013 Royal Rumble.
When John Morrison left WWE in 2011, he stated the he was taking time off to rest and heal his body for a possible return to professional wrestling in the future. As you may know, Morrison has been active on the independent scene for quite a while now and has kept himself in top shape.
Also, earlier in the year in an interview with Colt Cabana on "Art of Wrestling," Morrison hinted that the door was open for a return to WWE when he felt the time was right.
I am sure that you will all agree that John Morrison still has a lot offer to WWE in the future. He is still relatively young at only 33 years of age and has many storyline possibilities with top talent in the company.
2013 could very well mean the return of the "Shaman of Sexy" to WWE!
Holding multiple championships on the independent wrestling scene, Colt Cabana has become a self made icon all over the world. While famously known as the "best friend of CM Punk," Colt has branched out into various forms of multimedia with his "Art of Wrestling" podcast, website and projects outside the ring.
He had a brief stint in WWE from 2007-2009 appearing mainly on the SmackDown brand as Scotty Goldman. While his stay was forgettable to say the least, he persevered and returned to Ring of Honor where he initially made a name for himself.
The rumors have been circulating all over the net for the duration of 2012 about a possible return to WWE considering the multiple acknowledgments from not only CM Punk, but the WWE Universe in the form of chants and loud cheers at the mention of his name.
WWE.com also produced a video recently entitled "The Life and Times of Scott Goldman" that got the IWC sparked about a possible return.
Sadly, Colt suffered a very serious injury to his finger which required surgery recently. But knowing Colt Cabana and the "don't work, don't eat" attitude that he maintains, this will not stop him.
I would not be surprised to see a return of Colt Cabana (not Scott Goldman) to WWE sometime in 2013.
MVP left WWE at the end of 2010 to pursue a career in Japan where he has become one of the top stars in NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling).
Towards the latter part of his stay with WWE, it didn't seem like they were utilizing him properly. He had fallen into the lower midcard and wasn't even close to his dream of becoming a World Heavyweight Champion.
At 39 years of age, this would be the perfect time for MVP to make one last run with WWE. It hasn't been that long that the crowd would completely forget who he was. And even if he had a short return, he could always go back to Japan to compete.
This guy always had the overall package and it would be a shame to not see him get another major opportunity here in America.
If MVP returned to WWE in 2013, the sky would be the limit and he would provide a huge variety of fresh matches.
Chris Jericho seems to come and go from WWE as he pleases. And I really don't think that WWE minds. If there is one man on this list that can walk in that door and main event any show on any given night, it's Jericho.
When Jericho left in the summer of 2012 after a short return, the door was left wide open for a comeback. A feud with Dolph Ziggler was just starting to gain a little steam and a huge match could still be on the table for the future.
Jericho did the best possible thing on his way out and put Ziggler over in a huge way. Will Jericho be back for retribution?
With the Royal Rumble right around the corner, maybe Jericho could make a surprise entrance at the big event.
And with WrestleMania 29 having the potential to be one of the biggest wrestling shows of all time, I believe that Chris Jericho would do what he can to achieve that gigantic payday!
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