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The Top 5 Gifts Santa Claus Could Bring Wrestling Fans for 2014

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COMMENTARY | Professional wrestling has a long and at times contentious history with Santa Claus. Whether it was Stone Cold Steve Austin delivering a stunner to Santa or Mick Foley's weird obsession with Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, wrestling is no stranger to Mr. Claus.

It's also no stranger to those who are naughty or nice. In fact the whole business is built around the idea of good fighting evil. While wrestling fans like to complain, we're generally good people and so, with that in mind, here are five gifts that all the good wrestling fans deserve from Santa Claus this Christmas.

A Shawn Michaels return to the ring

The signs have been building for months that The Heartbreak Kid might be returning to the ring. Michaels has been physically involved multiple times in the last few weeks, particularly with Daniel Bryan. Recently on Raw, Michaels and CM Punk traded barbs, hinting at a potential conflict down the road.

Michaels was forced to retire in 2009 after losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26. However, no one ever actually retires from pro wrestling. With WrestleMania 30 just a few months away, Michaels' recent involvement may suggest that Mr. WrestleMania may be coming back for one more match; a match that would be the greatest gift for wrestling fans.

The WWE Network finally launches

For a few years now there's been talk about a potential WWE Network and what it would entail. Earlier this month PWInsider.com and Wrestlezone.com reported that the network will actually launch sometime in February and will feature every episode of Raw and Smackdown and every pay-per-view.

As of yet there has been no official announcement of the network from the WWE, but the very idea that its launch date is pending is very exciting. If the network actually launches this year, it would be a gift that keeps on giving.

Daniel Bryan gets a run with the championship

When Daniel Bryan beat John Cena for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam in August, fans erupted with joy. It was short lived as Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and screwed Bryan out of the championship. What ensued was months of Bryan appearing to become champion only to be the victim of The Authority's ruling hand ensuring that Orton retained the title.

No one has been hotter with the fans than Bryan over the last year. Bryan won Superstar of the Year at the Slammy Awards a couple weeks ago and has been the brightest star in the company for months now. It would only make sense that Bryan gets his chance to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2014.

WrestleMania 30 lives up to the hype

The yearly spectacle that even the most jaded wrestling fans look forward to has even more pressure to produce this year. As the 30th WrestleMania, expectations will be high regardless the circumstances surrounding the event. Fans have to think that because it's such a landmark event, numerous names from the past will be on hand and involved in the storylines.

WrestleMania is always the biggest show of the year, but sometimes it can disappoint - WrestleMania 27 comes to mind - due to a lack of star power and poor storytelling. The last two WrestleMania's have featured names like The Rock and Brock Lesnar to help with star power, but for this year's event, the WWE may have to dig deeper.

But if it does, WrestleMania could be one of those special events fans talk about for years.

TNA finally turns the corner

Christmas is the time of year where anything magical can happen. For wrestling fans, the biggest dream would be for TNA to finally become suitable competition to the WWE. Wrestling was never better than when the WWE had to deal with WCW or the NWA. But for the last decade, TNA hasn't been able to even come close to competing with the WWE.

If for some reason TNA was able to figure out a way to make its product more appealing to a national audience, not only would it be great for wrestling fans, but it would also be "best for business."

Matt Durr is a reporter from Michigan who has watched professional wrestling since he was 3 years old. Not just a WWE fan, Matt enjoys Ring of Honor and Japanese wrestling. He has covered University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletics for Annarbor.com. Follow him on Twitter @mdurr84.

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