WWE: 10 Wrestlers Who Could Return Soon

John Nizinski@@jniz73Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2011

WWE: 10 Wrestlers Who Could Return Soon

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    The WWE has recently had an influx of legends and former superstars. The Rock is in the main event of WrestleMania 28 after a seven-year hiatus. Kevin Nash re-signed with the company as a full-time superstar and is currently feuding with Triple H. Mick Foley recently returned to the company. Booker T is involved in a match at TLC.

    This makes you wonder which former superstars we could see return to the company either for brief stints or full-time. 

Chris Jericho

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    Chris Jericho's name has been circulating around the WWE Universe lately. Many feel that the mystery superstar behind the "It Begins" promo videos could be Jericho. Rumors are saying that he is talking with the WWE about his return. However, Chris Jericho has also said that he will never wrestle for the WWE again. This could be just to make his inevitable return more shocking. 

    A potential feud with CM Punk could cause some great battles on the microphone and in the ring because Punk is the self-proclaimed "Best in the World" and Jericho is the self-proclaimed "Best in the World at What He Does."

Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    Stone Cold is arguably the WWE's top superstar of all time. He has made frequent returns since his retirement but has yet to work another match. His return would easily help the ratings and bring in old viewers who were Rattlesnake fans.

    Stone Cold has said that if he did return, there would have to be certain stipulations.  He said that "good old J.R" Jim Ross has to announce his match. He has also said that if he did return to the ring, he would pick CM Punk to face.

    The fact that Stone Cold Steve Austin is talking about a return has to excite every single person in the WWE Universe. The Rock's return caused a huge pop because he has not been involved with the company for so long. The only person who could really match that excitement is Stone Cold.

Kurt Angle

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    One of the greatest wrestling wrestlers in WWE history is the Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. He left the WWE in 2006 because of health reasons and a few weeks later signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He has been with TNA ever since.

    Angle is now 43 years old and is heading into the end of his career. A fitting last run in his career would be with the company that made him a success in professional wrestling. 

Carlito

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    When he first came to WWE, the roster was full with old and new talent and the options for the creative team were much greater than they have now. He was a great heel, spitting "in the face of people who don't like to be cool." He found his way on the main event for a quick moment and had a good feud with Cena.

    He then slipped down the ranks for a little while until getting pushed again in the tag team division with his brother Primo. 

    Carlito could return to the company as a heel again and help give some depth to the roster. He could also help push the tag team division with Primo and feud with teams like Air Boom.

Jeff Hardy

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    Jeff Hardy brings so much energy with him every night and his daredevil tactics makes him a fan favorite. However, he has been unable to stay clean and out of trouble so the WWE had to cut ties with him multiple times. He has been involved with TNA since his WWE departure and at one time TNA also cut their ties with Hardy.

    "Time heals all" and Hardy could very easily find his way back into a WWE ring someday. It is very easily possible that Hardy messes up again and is let go by TNA again.

Matt Hardy

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    An inability to stay out of trouble must run in the Hardy family. Recently, Matt Hardy has been busted for drunk driving and reckless driving. He also posted a YouTube video that suggested he was considering suicide. He has really gone downhill since his days of exciting us as half of the Hardy Boyz.

    Like his brother, Matt Hardy is filled with talent. If he could ever get his act together, he might be able to make a return to the WWE—possibly with his brother.

Goldberg

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    Another wrestler who has recently been said to be possibly interested in a return is Goldberg. One of the most intense wrestlers, he got back in the ring for a charity match in Africa. This match could give Goldberg a taste of what he used to do and cause him to make a return for a small stint with the WWE.  

    He also has said he wants to wrestle Steve Austin, but that doesn't seem like a real possibility.

Shelton Benjamin

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    Benjamin was with the WWE for over 10 years and is one of the most athletic wrestlers ever.  \It is arguable whether Benjamin was underused by the company or if he never lived up to his potential.  

    A return could be a smart move by the company because, like Carlito, he is a known wrestler who would immediately be relevant and give them more depth and creative angles. Also similar to Carlito, he had a successful tag team run with Charlie Haas as the World's Greatest Tag Team.  

    Plain and simple, Benjamin could put on so many entertaining matches versus superstars like Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler.

Batista

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    The WWE went through a short period where they struggled with a lack of talent because key superstars, like Batista, left the company. However, recently there has been a good surge in young talent that has given the company more angles to work with. 

    Since his departure, Batista has been running his mouth about his dislike in the direction of the company. If the WWE finally moves away from the "PG Era," they might be able to get Batista to return (not sure if they want him to).

    His last heel run before he left was arguably his best stint with the company. If he returns, he could return as a heel and use the angle of him badmouthing the company.

Brock Lesnar

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    Brock Lesnar was once one of the fastest-rising superstars in the WWE. His time in professional wrestling was short, but his impact was large. His large size made him a force and has helped him have a successful UFC career. After his lose on December 30th, he retired from mixed martial arts.

    Lesnar is in the WWE '12 video game and has said that he thinks if he and Vince McMahon were to sit down, they could work on a deal and figure out a possible return.

    Could Lesnar possibly have been retiring no matter what the outcome of this fight was, and be the one behind the "It Begins" promos all along?