In an interview with Sports Illustrated that was released today A.J. Styles had this to say about Michaels:
“I would love the opportunity to wrestle him. I’d love to learn from him, but who’s to say if that’s going to happen. Right now, it’s all speculation and rumors that I’m finding out like everyone else is, but man, what a match that would be.”In addition to that, he shared a photo created by a fan on Twitter that shows him going face-to-face with Michaels at the Rumble.
Recently, reports claimed that the former WWE superstar wants his last fight to be against Styles for the WWE Championship at the upcoming pay-per-view (PV) event at Alamodome, in Texas, on 24 January, where some 20 years ago, the 51-year-old won the same title against Sycho Sid. Moreover, there are rumours that the WWE officials have made Michaels an offer and are waiting for his response.
In May, Styles told ESPN that he was not optimistic about Michaels ever returning to WWE as a wrestler. But were he to do so, Styles said he would love to fight him.
"Shawn Michaels made everything mean something, whether it was a punch, a slam, a kick... Whatever he did, it meant something. Even if he didn't do anything crazy, you always walked away thinking 'wow, what a great match!' It's because he did all the little things that mattered; that made it a great match. That's what I admire about Shawn Michaels – that's someone I want to be like," Styles had said.
Michaels has not stepped in the ring in the past six years following his fight against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26.
Unfortunately, a match between the two is highly unlikely. By the time the show comes around, it will have been almost six years since HBK last wrestled. There would have to be a huge story for him to come out of retirement, otherwise it could look a bit disrespectful to The Undertaker, due to the amazing send-off they gave him after WrestleMania 26. Still, if it did go down, it could be pretty damn amazing (even at HBK's age). But it's best not to get our hopes up.
Perhaps if Styles keeps trying, and fans keep getting on-board, it just may happen. Vince McMahon may end up making Michaels a big offer that he simply can't turn down. See Goldberg and Styles himself for proof of that.