NXT Champion Drew McIntyre will defend his championship against Adam Cole during the Nov. 17, 2017, show in San Antonio next week. But the match will be even more intriguing, thanks to the recent announcement of a special guest referee.
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will wear the zebra stripes when McIntyre puts his title on the line, according to the company's official website.
This won't be the first time for Michaels to be a special guest referee in a big match. He was the official during Triple H's match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 28. That Hell in a Cell match saw HBK hit The Deadman with Sweet Chin Music, but it wasn't enough to stop the streak. Undertaker would prevail in one of the most iconic matches of this decade.
The Heartbreak Kid retired from wrestling in 2010, following his career-ending loss to Undertaker at WrestleMania 26. He's made sporadic appearances since retiring, however. There have been rumors in the past about HBK gearing up for (at least) one more match in the WWE, but he seems keen on leaving the boots hung up for good.
Michaels has worked for the WWE as both a trainer and ambassador since his retirement and has helped mentor some of the company's top young talent. He last appeared on the March 13, 2017, edition of Monday Night Raw, when he talked to Roman Reigns about his upcoming 'Mania match with The Undertaker.
Having Michaels return as a special guest referee will surely maximize the viewership of the NXT event in San Antonio. The only question is if Michaels tries to dictate the outcome by hitting McIntyre or Cole with the Sweet Chin Music. But at the end of the day, it's always nice when this WWE legend makes a return. That's all that matters when he puts on the referee uniform once again in a month's time.