Shawn Michaels is coming out of retirement and this could include a one-on-one showdown against The Undertaker.
Dave Meltzer reported last week in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that HBK’s return match is set for WWE Crown Jewel, which takes place on Friday, November 2 at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. WWE Crown Jewel will stream live on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view outside of the Middle East.
Michaels will team up with Triple H against The Undertaker and Kane on a show that will be headlined by a Universal Championship Triple Threat Match featuring Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman, and the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament.
The set-up of the match was made clear on Raw last week. The Undertaker revealed that Kane would be in his corner against Triple H at WWE Super Show-Down since he expects that Michaels will be in the corner of “The King of Kings.”
Sources in WWE confirmed to Meltzer that Undertaker vs. Triple H at WWE Super Show-Down will set up an angle to lead to the tag match with Michaels coming out of retirement in Saudi Arabia.
WWE made a strong financial offer for Michaels to wrestle at the Greatest Royal Rumble last April in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which the company earned more profit from than WrestleMania 34. The Saudi Prince’s WWE fandom goes back to the 1990s (presumably Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia). According to Meltzer, he asked Vince McMahon if Michaels, Yokozuna, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, “the guy with the cowboy hat” (Jim Ross) and “the guy with the crown” (Jerry “The King” Lawler) could appear at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
This may not be the only match HBK is returning for.
According to WrestleVotes, WWE plans on having Michaels and The Undertaker wrestle one-on-one at either Survivor Series 2018 or Royal Rumble 2019.
Hearing that Shawn Michaels will indeed wrestle more than just the upcoming Saudi Tag bout. A one on one match vs. The Undertaker is planned. While some want it at Chase Field for the Rumble, I’m told the discussion is centered around Survivor Series in LA.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 26, 2018
Survivor Series 2018 takes place on November 18 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, whereas Royal Rumble 2019 takes place on January 27 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
In the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer addressed rumors of Michaels wrestling multiple matches for WWE. While there are people in the company who believe that HBK will wrestle more than one match, no one could confirm anything other than WWE Crown Jewel.
“Regarding rumors of Michaels working more than just the tag match in Saudi Arabia, the best we can get is that there are people who feel Michaels may do more than one match but that nobody on the inside can confirm anything other than the Saudi Arabia match at this point,” Meltzer wrote.
Michaels hasn’t wrestled since losing a Streak vs. Career No DQ Match to Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010.
Since then, Michaels has been adamant about not coming out of retirement for one more match. During an interview with Inside the Ropes last month, Michaels discussed a possible return to the ring and suggested that it may be “more trouble than it’s worth.”
“Let’s just say I did it and the match is phenomenal,” Michaels said. “The reality is this hairline is still what it is — like it’s all hot and sweaty — and even if the match is phenomenal and everything else, you’re still gonna bust my chops because I’ve got no way not to expose to you that I’m 53. That’s the thing — and I don’t mean it in a bad way — but you want me to kip up and everything and look as if it was 1996, ’97. That’s not gonna happen because father time waits for no man.
“There’s a lot of stuff like what do you do and even does the young guy benefit when all is said and done. I don’t know, it just seems like more trouble than it’s worth.”