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WWE star Shawn Michaels has seemingly left wrestling by the wayside to pursue a career in acting, with the film “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” in which he is co-starring, coming out on Friday.

Yet fans have been itching for The Heartbreak Kid to make his WWE comeback, though any sort of miraculous return to the ring (barring an occasional promo) probably won’t be happening anytime soon.

“It’s funny because the two guys who really make the decisions, which is Vince [McMahon] and Hunter [Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque], in seven years have never even approached me,” Michaels said in an interview with ESPN. “I guess I’m semi-amused that people think ‘Vince is saying this’ and whatnot because those are the two people that understand why and respect why I retired and understood it.”

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But in-ring return or not, that still hasn’t deterred Michaels from mulling over who he’d want to face if he did happen to make his comeback. And NXT standout Samoa Joe seems to be at the top of that list.

“I look at Samoa Joe and I’ve told him a number of times that I see his stuff at NXT and think to myself, ‘Man, I could have a great deal of fun with you.’ He’s a guy I have sort of enjoyed, and one of those sleeper guys that no one talks about.”

“We have contrasting styles. I get that everybody wants to see me and AJ or Seth or Dolph [Ziggler]. From my standpoint, I think really telling a great story out there [is most important]. I could do it with a guy like Samoa Joe. His stuff looks really good, and sometimes he just looks like he’s beating the tar out of somebody.”

We could definitely see The Heartbreak Kid and Samoa Joe putting on a classic match. If only.

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