Friday night’s NXT Takeover show in San Antonio was highlighted by the NXT Championship match between Drew McIntyre and Adam Cole, featuring the legendary Shawn Michaels as a special guest referee.
Michaels was the centre of attention, performing as the zebra in his hometown. Michaels was given plenty of ovations, plus chants of “one more match,” and “you still got it.” Unfortunately for fans of the Heartbreak Kid, Michaels said he was “too old for this S**t!”:
— Tony (@homiedaclown24) November 18, 2017
However, Michaels dished out his iconic Sweet Chin Music, which electrified his hometown city:
Shawn Michaels dishing out some sweet chin music pic.twitter.com/7UUidmoBkI
— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) November 18, 2017
Judging by that video, Michaels still has it and could perform one more match. But he’s made it clear many times that he has no intentions of wrestling again. Considering how epic his career-ending match was against Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI, it’s hard to blame HBK for staying retired.
Michaels returned on the Jan. 9 episode of Raw to promote a movie he starred in, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. The fans tried pressuring HBK into another match, but Michaels downplayed it in a friendly matter.
However, the Heartbreak Kid has stayed active in WWE since retiring in 2010. He works as both a trainer and ambassador for the company. Michaels also appeared at WrestleMania 31 and 32 in segments that featured the returns of many legends. Michaels was also the special guest referee at WrestleMania XXVIII, which saw The Undertaker defeat Triple H inside the Hell in a Cell.
Michaels – who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame – is widely considered by some as the greatest all-around wrestler ever. He was a four-time World Champion, three-time Intercontinental Champion and six-time Tag Team Champion. Michaels also won the Royal Rumble in 1995 and 1996.
Though HBK’s return at NXT Takeover in San Antonio brought the fans to their feet, it’s important to remember that the chants for him to fight one more time fall on deaf ears. The man wants to stay retired, and rightfully so.
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