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20 Amazing Wrestling Comebacks No One Saw Coming

“Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels was supposed to be retired from the professional wrestling industry following a back injury that forced him from active World Wrestling Federation duties in 1998. Micha

“Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels was supposed to be retired from the professional wrestling industry following a back injury that forced him from active World Wrestling Federation duties in 1998. Michaels not only returned to have a memorable match with real-life best friend Triple H, but that match kicked off the second run of his Hall-of-Fame career, a stint that included arguably his best overall work as a singles performer. Michaels is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever perform in World Wrestling Entertainment, largely because of his amazing comeback that even diehard fans did not see coming a year before he returned to the ring.

Hulk Hogan had a memorable return of his own when he, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash appeared on WWE television after the death of World Championship Wrestling. What could have been a one-off or limited appearances turned into Hogan being given one final run at the WWE Champion. As impressive as was Hogan's comeback to the wrestling world, it would be incredible if he were to again show up on live WWE television. Hogan is currently not welcome at WWE events due to comments that he made behind closed doors, regrettable words and phrases that have made the Hulkster an invisible figure on WWE.com.

Ric Flair. Terry Funk. John Cena. Terry Funk again. Bret Hart. Terry Funk again. Yes, Terry Funk again. Each of these wrestlers have, at one time or another, staged amazing comebacks that surprised fans and made headlines in wrestling communities. As great and as memorable as were those comebacks, they all fall beneath the return made by HBK. Wrestling fans are yearning for Michaels to make yet another comeback, if only for one more match. Sorry, everybody, but Michaels is happily enjoying his retirement. You have no other choice than to leave the memories alone.

20 CM Punk 

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19 Chris Jericho 

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18 Jerry Lawler 

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17 Ultimate Warrior 

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16 Matt Hardy 

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15 X-Pac 

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14 Bob Backlund

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13 Tatanka 

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12 New World Order 

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11 Brock Lesnar 

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10 Ric Flair 

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9 Bret Hart 

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8 The Rock 

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7 Terry Funk 

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6 Triple H 

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5 John Cena 

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4 Steve Austin 

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3 Eric Bischoff 

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2 Hulk Hogan 

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1 Shawn Michaels 

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There has never been an instance in wrestling that more so commanded a “you've still got it!” chant from fans than when Shawn Michaels returned to the WWE to face off with Triple H at the 2002 edition of SummerSlam. Little could anybody, at the time, guess what was to come from the man who truly was the showstopper, the headliner, and the main event. As great as Michaels was during the 1990s, he was an even better wrestler following his comeback. Michaels was a once-in-a-generation talent, and his absence on WWE programming is still felt to this day. Thanks for everything, HBK.

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