Shockwaves were sent around the wrestling community last year when Shawn Michaels lost to the Undertaker for the second year in a row at Wrestlemania.
The stipulation of the match was, if Shawn Michaels could not beat the Undertaker at the grandest stage of all, Wrestlemania, then he would retire.
A year has passed since HBK departed the company and news of HBK’s recent contract signing with WWE has been buzzing everywhere.
However, HBK restated that he would not wrestle again and is not returning to the company to wrestle. Shawn has vowed to keep to his word, and many agree it is the right and respectful thing to do.
With that being said, it leaves to question what could HBK’s new role in WWE be? Michaels is known not only for his natural talent for wrestling but also his charisma.
HBK could easily have an on-screen character as a general manager, a manager, a stable leader or a commentator.
Michaels has the personality and charisma to do any one of these on-screen roles, but what would he best at?
HBK could easily tackle the task of being the general manager of Smackdown or Raw. He could wind his employees up, abuse his control, cause havoc with his best friend, Triple H, or he could let the power get to his head and turn his back on everyone. There is plenty of room for the creative team to play with.
Creative could also use Michaels as a manager for an up-and-coming star. He could help them rise to the top of the roster within months rather than them slugging around at snail's pace for a couple of years.
Using legends is a quick and easy way to notch a wrestler from hanging around backstage to the biggest star on the show.
Another role Michaels would have no problem falling in to is being a stable leader for a new wrestling group. Michaels and Triple H led DX, a group often considered as helping save WWE, and they did not hold back their personality.
It is for this reason so many wrestling fans fell in love with DX. HBK could form a new stable of fresh talent and give them the voice they need.
There’s also the role of on-air commentator. HBK knows the wrestlers, the moves and has the personality, so what’s there to stop him being a commentator if the opportunity arises?
However, with all this being said, does this really leave Michaels in the retirement bucket, is it fair to say it’s too soon to induct HBK into Hall of Fame, and that WWE are just trying to make a fast buck out of him?
Some fans feel wrestlers should be retired several years before being inducted. This gives fans space to appreciate and miss the wrestler.
But HBK is not just any wrestler. He’s the ‘Showstopper’.
So is it to soon? It might, it might not be, but regardless of the matter, there is no denying that HBK deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.