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We Don’t Need Our Heroes to Return to the Pro Wrestling Ring

I realize this the kind of column that will be read in the minority of most professional wrestling fans, but the idea of The Rock leaving the door open for a potential return to the ring at some point is just beyond my comprehension.

The idea of Stone Cold Steve Austin possibly facing Triple H is also lost on me. And yes, Goldberg returning to the ring for a potential match with Ryback or maybe a Batista confrontation is just crazy.

I guess what I am trying to say is, “You guys retired for a reason. Stay that way.”

This is not a Ric Flair-like situation where these wrestlers “have” to come back, they want to come back. This is not a situation where these wrestlers are fighting demons like Roddy Piper, or Terry Funk or Jake Roberts, where they must get in the ring to excise them so they can carry on.

This is a situation where comments are made on the Internet, Twitter or in some interview and they spread like wildfire across an Arizona desert.

Do us all a favor and stay out of the ring.

The reason for my disdain is many fold. I am a purest of the business (you will hear me talk about that many times in columns) and think of matches in the past that were forever etched as “greatness” and superior to the business itself. Returning to a ring that is now foreign and larger than once thought only makes the return a tarnished memory.

I don’t want to see that.

I have spent my life as one of the biggest fans of this industry, covered it as a profession and spoke to wrestlers in the past of their memories. Those moments are near and dear to me. I now see the current state of wrestling and see the past that got these superstars to this point.

The two do not mix.

What we have here is a failure to communicate in the business of wrestling. There are plenty of stars waiting for their moments. Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Dean Ambrose and yes, to some extent, CM Punk. They need to be the focus of the WWE, not whether Vince McMahon can milk a cash cow out of The Rock to fight John Cena again or take on Triple H or even take a few bumps with Steve Austin again.

Batista may be huge and intimidating as he was before, but a match with Roman Reigns might not yield the same results as it did a decade ago.

Personally, Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels would delight me to no end, but it would also be heartbreaking at the same time.

My heroes are older, some breaking down, some having no business that has gotten bigger, stronger, faster and more dangerous. And the end results could be more damaging that exciting.

The Rock took some major hits in his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29 and paid a huge price for it. Terry Funk has been beaten from one arena to the next and as a man in his 60’s, he occasionally gets in the ring.

Batista lost weight, got into MMA and now has hinted at a return. All that stress on his body cannot be good and may not make a great impression in the ring.

Stone Cold coming back against Triple H at WrestleMania would be interesting, but in the end, since Triple H has been in the ring lately, I think he carries this match, which will not be a 1990s match like we want.

Stay away. Make all the comments you want. But stay away. If wrestlers respect the business like they claim they do, then do the right thing. I realize this business is like a drug and sometimes, it is hard to walk away, but do the right thing, please.

And don’t make me write this kind of column again.

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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