WWE legend and hall of famer Shawn Michaels will come out of retirement and return to the ring after eight years at November's Crown Jewel event. There are many people who could theoretically try and lay claim to the title of greatest professional wrestler ever, including names such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Another contender to that throne is "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, also commonly known as "Mr. WrestleMania."
Michaels was truly a complete performer, excelling both in-ring and on the mic, and taking part in some of WWE's most memorable matches and moments of all time. As his nickname implies, Michaels often stole the show at WrestleMania, WWE's biggest event of the year. It was with another of those amazing performances that he ended his legendary run, losing a retirement match to fellow legend The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010, and calling it a career.
For the last near-decade, Michaels has been the rare pro wrestler to honor his retirement, not once stepping back inside the ring for a match. Well, for better or worse, that ends soon. Last night on WWE Monday Night Raw, Michaels (joined in the ring by his longtime best friend and D-Generation X partner Triple H) announced that he'll come out of retirement for a tag team match pitting himself and HHH against the "Brothers of Destruction," The Undertaker and Kane.
The big tag match in question will take place November 2 at WWE's Crown Jewel event, broadcast live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The match was assumed to be a possibility by many, following the main event of WWE's recent Super Show-Down card from Melbourne, Australia, which saw Triple H go one-on-one with Undertaker for the first time since 2012. Michaels and Kane stood in the corners of their respective teammates, and the post-match saw the two DX members receive a beating.
With Michaels' in-ring return now official, one wonders if this will be his only match before heading back to retirement, or if he'll wrestle additional matches in the future. Some current rumors suggest that a singles match between HBK and Undertaker is likely for November 18's Survivor Series event in Los Angeles, but until if and when that's confirmed by WWE, it remains speculation. Many fans are already expressing sadness that Michaels finally became the latest in a long line of wrestlers to undo his retirement, but at this point, the bigger question becomes whether or not "The Showstopper" can still perform at the level he used to.