If there's one thing WWE fans love more than anything, it's the return of a professional wrestler back into the spotlight. Returns often see the biggest cheers of any night - be it on Raw, SmackDown (although admittedly, the WWE rarely bring stars back on SmackDown) or even on pay-per-view. We saw that recently with the debut of Sting - if you give the fans something they haven't seen for a while, they will eat it up like putty in your hands.
This year saw some pretty substantial returns too - with Batista making his return to the company after a significant absence, as well as plenty of guys returning from injury. Roman Reigns was the most recent of those, making his comeback at TLC following a lay-off after hernia surgery. With the calendar year almost over, wrestling fans are starting to look at what 2015 could potentially have in store regarding returning stars - and there are definitely plenty to choose from. You've got guys that have been away from the company for a good few years, as well as the clutch of stars who've been sitting on the injured list, ticking off the days to their eventual return.
Of course, the challenge for the WWE is to bring the returning stars back in the right manner - something they didn't quite nail with guys like Batista in 2014. Others were more successful, though - think to The Rock's surprise return on Raw when he cut a fantastic promo on Rusev. When wrestlers are returning on a full-time basis though, the return has to be executed perfectly if it is to kick off a strong run with the company again. There are lots of contenders to launch a return to the WWE in 2015 - here are the ten that seem more likely to do so than anyone else.
10 Zack Ryder
9 Rob Van Dam
5 Bad News Barrett
4 Stone Cold Steve Austin
3 Bubba Ray Dudley
2 The Undertaker
1 Daniel Bryan
Those who were worried Daniel Bryan's popularity had waned in the WWE were given a pleasant surprise earlier this month, when Bryan's return to Raw as guest GM saw him receive huge pops from the crowd in attendance. With Bryan gradually easing his way back to a condition that will see him lace up his boots again, 2015 looks set to be (hopefully) as big a year as 2014. Bryan will immediately be thrust back into the main event scene upon his return, which will be useful, as it needs a real shot in the arm. Quite who he feuds with though is anyone's guess; perhaps The Authority will return to deny and defy Bryan all over again. Regardless of the foe though, Bryan's return to in-ring action is going to be a moment to remember. Because at one point, there was genuine concern it may have never happened.
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