Stage 1 of Grief: Denial.

Justin EricksonContributor IFebruary 26, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Wrestler Shawn Michaels attends a press conference to promote Wrestlemania XX at Planet Hollywood March 11, 2004 in New York City.  (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. These are the 5 stages of grief that the average person goes through when they lose a loved one.

Right now, WWE fans are realizing the fact that we may be losing a loved one in just one month. Obviously, our loved one is none other than the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels.

But what are we seeing from our fellow writers here on Bleacher Report? Denial.

"The streak will end! It has to!"

"The match will end in a draw!"

These are possible scenarios, yes, but there is one outcome of this match that no one seems to want to take as a possible ending:

The retirement of Shawn Michaels.

No one seems to want to think that it may be Michaels's time to retire. Perhaps he has already decided on it.

But we don't want to think about that, do we? It's only natural, as the 5 stages of grief would tell us. We will think of every outcome other than the one we don't want to hear.

Now I am not here to say that Shawn Michaels is definitely retiring at Wrestlemania. I just want to point out that it is a very legitimate outcome for the match. Michaels is getting older, and retirement is just around the corner for him. If it doesn't come this year it will come soon, and we will have to accept it when it happens. He won't be around forever.

This is extremely hard to digest, because HBK has seemingly been around forever. To think of a WWE without Shawn Michaels is to think of Peanuts without Charlie Brown.

I apologize for the horrible metaphor.

I just want everyone to realize that this could happen. I would even venture as far as to say that this is the most likely scenario for the Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels match next month at Wrestlemania.

Will we soon see anger from WWE fans? Probably. As I've said already, the thought of a WWE without Shawn Michaels is extremely difficult for us to ponder.

Will we see bargaining? Maybe not so much, but I guarantee you we can expect some "HBK as General Manager!" and "HBK will return!"

Depression? I surely hope we will not see clinical depression episodes from the fans, but of course we will be sad to see HBK leave us.

And finally, we will see acceptance. HBK has to leave at one point or another. I dont see why it wouldn't be sooner rather than later.

Thanks for reading everybody. Please leave your comments below.