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Shawn Michaels on AJ Styles match: I wish I was 10 to 15 years younger


In pro wrestling you can just never say never. Closing in on eight years since he officially retired from the WWE following WrestleMania XXVI, Shawn Michaels is still getting asked about potential comeback matches.

One more match?

Someday maybe another eight years from now, 2026, the people who interview HBK will stop asking him about how a match between himself and any current WWE wrestler would go. Today is not that day.

Speaking with The Daily Mirror, Michaels was specifically asked about the rumored match-up between him and AJ Styles from last year’s Royal Rumble being moved to WrestleMania.

“There was talk about it possibly happening at WrestleMania. I think he’s an an unbelievably talented young man. I wish I was 10 to 15 years younger because there are so many great guys. But it’s very important to me, I wouldn’t have retired unless I was ready to walk away. I’m flattered that every year when WrestleMania comes up people talk about me coming back, but I enjoy my time with my family, I enjoy watching WrestleMania and I also enjoy watching WWE move into the future.

It’s very important that continues to happen and the only way for it to do so is for some of us in a dignified way to walk away. Much as it would be interesting to be in there with some of those young men, it’s their time now and I think it’s important that we focus on them and the future of the WWE.”

Michaels was also asked about who on current Raw roster he would pick to go up against in a comeback bout.

“Honestly, my answer is always ‘gosh, most of them’. Because there are so many. Being there for so long, I had a match with just about everybody. Now I go and it’s nothing but new and fresh faces. And different styles. You can’t help but think ‘I could do that with this guy and this with that guy’. For me, it’s most everybody because it’s 100% variety. In the eyes of a WWE fan this would be fresh and new because it’s absolutely nothing they have seen before.

That was very hard to come by when you were there for a long time. You have to step away for a long time and have that whole deck reshuffled. It’s been almost 10 years since I retired. I’m not trying to dodge the question ha ha. There is just a litany of guys. I can go from Braun Strowman to Finn Balor and then you think about all the different guys between.”

We’ve already had plenty of time to fantasize about HBK versus AJ Styles but we now have to think about Shawn Michaels versus Braun Strowman or Shawn Michaels versus Finn Balor? Be still our beating heart.

Michaels is already working at the WWE Performance Center, staying close to in-ring shape, so why not have one more HBK program for a new generation of fans to enjoy? Think it will ever happen?

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