Goldberg made his first apperance inside a WWE for the first time in 12 years earlier this week, and it was one of the best Raw moments of the year. There are few things in WWE as exciting as hearing an old but familiar theme music hit after the buzzer at a Royal Rumble, or seeing a childhood hero return (something Raw's TV ratings for this week confirm). Here are 10 former WWE stars who we hope will make a comeback one day.
Kurt Angle’s already stated that he’s had preliminary talks with Triple H about a potential comeback. The 47-year-old has recently been very open about his previous struggles with addiction and his history of injuries, but Angle’s sober and healthy in 2016, and he’s proven on the independent circuit that he can still put on stellar matches. Few WWE stars have ever been as good as Angle, both on the microphone and in the ring. It’s true, it’s true.
TNA is in serious financial trouble, and rumors have been swirling that WWE could potentially buy the promotion. While that remains to be seen, there are plenty of TNA stars who could make an impact (sorry) in today’s WWE. “Broken Matt Hardy” is so popular outside of WWE In 2016 that WWE tried to replicate The Final Deletion by having The New Day and The Wyatts brawl outdoors in a creepy video package. Broken Matt would take the WWE by storm, and he’d hopefully bring along his adorable son Maxel and Senor Benjamin as well. Plus, he’s also already set terms for a comeback on his (highly entertaining) Twitter account.
Another megastar of the Attitude Era and beyond. If Broken Matt goes to WWE, Brother Nero shouldn’t be far behind.
Even if it’s only for a single show, bringing back good ol’ J.R. as the primary play-by-play voice would likely give either Raw or SmackDown a sizable ratings boost. He’ll forever be the voice of WWE, and while Mauro Ranallo is fantastic individually, the SmackDown team could use some help.
Diamond Dallas Page
DDP showing up in WWE by revealing himself as the stalker of the Undertaker’s wife was a classic, shocking moment, but Page never quite recaptured the magic of his WCW run during his short time in WWE after Vince McMahon bought the company in 2001. DDP is now 60 years old, but he’s also still in great shape thanks to his fitness program, DDP Yoga, and if nothing else the comeback would be some pretty great advertising for himself. He could even be Goldberg’s trainer for his upcoming fight against Brock Lesnar.
It’s a shame that AJ Lee didn’t arrive in WWE five years after she did, as she was an important figure in the women’s wrestling revolution but left the company before she could be a part of the New Era. AJ Lee should be a Women’s Champion - not just a Divas Champion.
CM Punk has been very vocal about his ugly breakup with WWE, and if he ever comes back it probably won’t be for a long time. Still, you can never say never in wrestling, and he’s undoubtedly one of the 5 most important wrestlers of the last decade. If he ever has the desire to step into the ring again, WWE will probably be waiting with a huge bag of money.
Batista’s already left the company and made a comeback once, and even main-evented WrestleMania XXX in the match where Daniel Bryan won the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista would need some more time away from wrestling for the nostalgia to kick in, and he’s plenty busy with his acting career currently.
Wade Barrett seemingly had all the tools to be a star, but each time he was about to take a step forward he would get injured. When Barrett was released in May earlier this year, he said he was “taking a well-earned break from the wrestling industry… but I’ll be back in the ring when the time is right.”
Bonus: Chris Jericho’s personal security guard, Ralphus