Yes, according to Dave Meltzer in the March 22nd Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shawn Michaels is actually telling his friends that he's going to retire at WrestleMania. I find this highly amusing. I mean, who's he trying to kid, really? I'm sorry that I have to cast aspersions at the honesty of a born again Christian wrestler, but this seems to me to be a blatant carny ploy. Working the boys to get the hardcore fans, who have been burnt so many times in the past, to buy into the retirement stipulation of his WrestleMania rematch with The Undertaker, thus getting more people to pay to see the show on PPV. Why would Shawn take such vows of retirement seriously, after Ric Flair conned him just two years ago into believing he would have Flair's last match ever? Didn't Flair recently hawk the inscribed gold watch Shawn bought him too?
Even if we give Shawn the benefit of the doubt and believe that he is sincere, when has he ever been able to say no to Vince McMahon when he's called him to come back from injury or sabbatical early? I'm sure Shawn will never be forced to return to the ring due to money problems like Flair, but as Meltzer suggested in his lead story, eventually he'll heal up, miss the spotlight and get the itch to return. It's almost certainly a question of when, not if, he will return to WWE to wrestle at least one more match.