There’s nothing better in WWE than a surprising return to the fold after time away from it. Just the sound of iconic entrance music can send a shiver down the spine. With the return of Rob Van Dam at Money in the Bank this weekend, it feels like the right time to take a closer look as to what other former stars would offer to today’s WWE.

This is nothing new, of course. Over the past few years, WWE have been working to lure back some of their most popular former wrestlers. The Rock and Brock Lesnar, the two potential returns that many thought would be an impossibility, became a reality in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Booker T, Chris Jericho, the New Age Outlaws (and countless others) have all made their returns too. Even the former stars that have been very outspoken about WWE in a negative light have been able to make a return to action. If there’s money to be made, then Vince McMahon can be very forgiving.

In this article, I will only take a look at those who could potentially make their return and be of benefit to the product as a whole. As much as I would love them both to return, there’s no Ultimate Warrior or Hulk Hogan listed here. Also, retirees such as Shawn Michaels and Edge are excluded also.

So, who could potentially return? Let’s count down the top five.

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This article was first posted on July 14, 2013