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Shawn Michaels Views Crown Jewel Match As “High School Reunion” [Exclusive]

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has opened up about his wrestling comeback at Crown Jewel, calling it a “high school reunion” and nothing more.

Michaels would return to the ring in 2018 having retired as a result of his WrestleMania XXVI clash with The Undertaker – something The Deadman would look at with envy during The Last Ride as he struggled to come to terms with his own impending retirement.

Speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, Mr WrestleMania dismissed claims he’d return for another match, saying he can still walk away at peace.

“I can compartmentalise that. I don’t know if it’s fair, but I can. I think that’s one of the reasons I was able to walk away and be at peace, unlike a lot of people who have struggled with that. And I do understand it.”

Undertaker would eventually retire at Survivor Series 2020 following a Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36, with AJ Styles giving The Deadman his curtain call. The Phenomenal One has long been rumoured as the opponent for Michaels if “one more match” happens – but it now looks unlikely.

The Heartbreak Kid commented on his “comeback” match in Saudi Arabia, which saw Michaels return to the ring for the first time in eight years, as nothing more than a “high school reunion” to have an “experience” with Triple H, Undertaker and Kane.

“Even that second one, it felt like its own entity unto itself. It had nothing to do with, really, to me, ‘one more match. It was about going out there and having an experience with my guys. I mean, it was sort of like just a… I don’t know. It’s like somebody saying, ‘You graduated high school?’ ‘Yes. But I’m going to go back to my ten-year reunion,’ and I’m still going to do that, but it doesn’t mean I’m going back to high school and I want to go through it again. So, I guess that’s how I looked at it was, it was an experience that I just wanted to have – special – with these guys.”