Professional wrestling is obsessed with returning stars. Is any other industry in the world as preoccupied with stars of the past? Saying that, this applies to WWE more than most. NJPW isn't putting Hiroyoshi Tenzan over The Great O-Khan anytime soon, after all. Oh lord, take a moment to think about NJPW booked by the WWE creative team.
Anyway, back to returns. WWE has painted itself into a corner over the years by putting all of its eggs in the returns basket, shining a brighter light on nostalgia and memory than planning and what is to come. 2020 has been a little different because of the whole coronavirus thing, but don't expect WWE to become another example of the 'new normal'. Once it is possible, nostalgia returns will, erm, return.
Not all returns are exercises in sentimentality though. There are many names who could come back to the company and provide great legitimate value, either in years of competition or in giving that mythical rub to new stars. WWE returns don't just have to be about nostalgia pops and celebrating the past over the future.
There are plenty of men and women who should return to WWE in 2021. These 10 are the most likely to happen.
Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.