Each year around WrestleMania, legendary WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels manages to come up as a topic of discussion, usually as it relates to his making a comeback for just one more match. Each year, he refuses to do so, instead electing to respect the retirement stipulation in his final match with Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 back in 2010.
But he knows he can come back whenever.
When asked about doing another match by Between the Ropes:
"Oh yeah. All the time. All the time. If they don't believe, they request that I do. There isn't a time that, every once in a while I will receive a text or someone will make the comment of ‘hey, we got this'. Put it this way: it's always there for me if I want it. There's only been probably, I don't know, maybe one time where where you go that's actually a pretty good idea. (laughs) But you have to be careful even about saying that, even to acknowledge that is, in fact, a good idea. You have to be quick to follow up with don't get me wrong, I'm not doing it. I have to give you props on a good idea."
While maintaining his stance that he's not coming back, he does seem to at least suggest that an innovate idea could change that. When asked about the possibility of the Daniel Bryan match coming to fruition last year:
"Yeah, I realize that a lot of people certainly got that. I guess from my perspective it certainly is a good idea but it's one of those ones, I guess from my standpoint, a good idea is one that would really intrigue me. That's not one of those of those ones where you go ‘wow, what are the chances of someone coming up with that?' That's teacher - student, that's been done, and again I'm not knocking it, I'm just saying that is not some kind of new, innovative idea. It's just two other guys doing a very rehashed idea but we think they can do it well so it will be fun for us to watch. Certainly at its core it's not a new and fresh idea."
Michaels is, without question, one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the industry. Even at his age and having been out of the game for this long, there's little doubt he would steal the show if he ever decided to come back.
But while most do just that, Michaels certainly looks to be the exception.