Who does not want to see Shawn Michaels, the most prolific in-ring technician in the history of the WWE to be back in action, again? Ever since he decided to hang up his boots forever at Wrestlemania 26, there were numerous occasions when we wished he was in the ring, once more.
In fact, the rumours about his return went wild during this year’s Royal Rumble PPV since it was hosted in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Later reports did come in suggesting that the WWE creative offered him a dream match against AJ Styles. But, the Heartbreak Kidd turned it down since he does not want to return, anymore.
Recently, Shawn Michaels appeared on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast where he revealed why he would not return to in-ring competition. HBK also discussed a few topics like today’s WWE audience & superstars, his match against Hulk Hogan and more. While clarifying his inability to return to the squared circle as a performer, he commented:
“I could never get past the creative character stuff that I enjoyed doing. I just can’t (justify) making money over the perfect sort of arc and ending and everything. It just doesn’t seem right to me.”
The WWE Hall of Famer also stated that his chemistry with Chris Jericho was amazing in the creative process which reflected on-screen, too. While pointing out to the difference between to the then and now’s pro-wrestling fans & superstars, the legend said the following:
“It’s a little more difficult to do (drawn out rivalries) nowadays because of the consumer, more often than not, wants something new, something fresh… There are guys that, let’s face it, greatness now happens in six months or a year or even two years.
Everything happens so quickly now, they think ‘he’s 24, he had seven good Pay-Per-View matches and he’s one of the greatest of all time.’ In our day, rightly or wrongly, it took seventeen years to create greatness when nowadays it takes seven months.
So, I think that’s just a sign of the times.”
As of now, Michaels is appointed as one of the head trainers in Orlando at the WWE performance Center. He will continue doing the same role. In the meantime, he will make sporadic appearances in the big WWE PPVs as the analyst just like he did at Wrestlemania 33.