TNA IMPACT Wrestling is nearing its debut on a new network — Pop TV — and signing Bill Goldberg to appear on the company’s debut on the channel next month is a priority, according to Daily Wrestling News.
Since leaving the WWE in 2004, the former WCW mainstay has mostly kept away from the industry, but continually expressed an interest in wrestling one more time so his kids could watch him perform. In an exclusive interview with the Inquisitr earlier this year, Goldberg was promoting his appearance at the Legends of Wrestling event at Citi Field and teased having another match, but maintained that if he did — it’d be on his terms.
“If I get back into wrestling, I’m doing it on my own. No organization.”
A TNA source tells Daily Wrestling News that Goldberg has “priced himself so high” that he’s “asking for unrealistic money.” However, the company is maintaining hope that the former owner of a 173-0 undefeated streak will lower his asking price and work TNA’s debut show next month. If that comes to pass, the company already has an opponent in mind for Goldberg.
Goldberg will appear in a movie called Check Point alongside current TNA Impact Wrestling superstar Bram. Daily Wrestling News‘ report mentions Bram as TNA’s desired opponent for Goldberg due to the movie. In fact, in a recent interview with the Channel Guide Magazine, Goldberg revealed that WWE has not been in contact with him at all. However, TNA reached out to him about helping promote the movie and him possibly appearing for the company.
“When something supersedes your business sense, it has to be ego or something ridiculous. I surely am not going to miss a bit of sleep if I don’t get a phone call from them. I just got contacted by TNA a couple of days ago. I don’t know. They want to promote the movie since one of my adversaries in the film is Bram (Thomas Latimer), who works for them. I’m greatly appreciative they want to help the movie out. Now at the end of the day, promoting the movie is one thing, but getting a guy like Goldberg in your wrestling organization is a completely different story. We’ll see.”
Goldberg’s last professional wrestling match was over a decade ago at Wrestlemania 20 against Brock Lesnar. But at the aforementioned Legends of Wrestling event in June, Goldberg got physically involved after the main event bout of Scott Steiner vs. Rob Van Dam, hitting Steiner with his signature spear. So getting physically involved isn’t an issue for Goldberg, it’s just a matter of agreeing to the right financial terms to do it.
It was announced last month that TNA’s weekly show IMPACT would be switching from Destination America to Pop TV. The deteriorated relationship between TNA and Destination America was the subject of a lot speculation in recent months, leading some to believe that TNA’s future of being on television was in jeopardy. But the company managed to find a new TV deal and will appear on its third television network in the past two years.
The legendary Kurt Angle is set to retire from the company next month, Jeff and Matt Hardy’s contracts are up soon, and several mainstays have left for greener pastures. Bringing in Goldberg for one program might help offset some of those losses momentarily, but the company is working to ensure that it will have a strong roster as it begins on a new channel.
TNA’s debut on Pop TV is set for January 5, 2016.
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