Anyone who watched the March 29th episode of Raw, when Shawn Michaels stepped into the ring, to make his farewell speech, and to say his goodbyes to the WWE Universe, couldn't help but notice that this was an obviously emotional farewell, for the Heartbreak Kid.
This was understandable, having performed for over 20 years, wrestling had become a part of Shawn Michaels, and Shawn Michaels had become a part of wrestling, so the goodbye was always going to be emotional.
In the weeks, and months, leading up to his retirement, Shawn was given one last roller-coaster ride, with the reformation of DX, alongside his good friend, Triple-H, and with one last outing, on the biggest stage of them all, at WrestleMania, in a super-match, against the Undertaker.
Whilst it is a tradition in the industry, for a departing, or retiring wrestler, to lose in his final match, a tradition that stretches back to the loser quits town matches, of the regional era, it was nice to see Michaels given an angle, and a storyline, that allowed him to both revisit his path, and to leave on a relative high.
With all this in mind it's got me thinking about the potential retirement runs of other wrestlers on the roster, and how I'd like to see their final angles, and matches play out.
To give an example, when the time comes for Chris Jericho to retire, which hopefully isn't quite yet, I'd love to see the WWE acknowledge that Jericho represents the last product of Stu Hart's direct training, at the he Hart Family Dungeon, and I'd love to see them work that into an angle, for example by turning him face and making him the mentor, of an up and coming Canadian, where he could help put the young superstar over, and also wax lyrical on the prestigious Hart Dynasty, and it's role in wrestling history.
What do you think?
What storyline's and angles, would you like to see your heroes given, when the time comes for them to take that final ride into the sunset?
I'd particularly like to hear peoples ideas for the Undertaker! What storyline could possibly do his retirement justice?