When you consider the fact that Bill Goldberg was in New York for a WWE 2K17 promotional event on Friday, and that he’s been building up a future match with Brock Lesnar, it’s not much of a surprise that the fans in attendance at the Barclays Center expected to see the former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight Champion appear at SummerSlam on Sunday. But he didn’t, which disappointed most of the fans who watched the event live.
When Brock Lesnar continued to beat down Randy Orton after the match had concluded, the sold out crowd in Brooklyn, New York began chanting for Goldberg. But instead, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon appeared, and he was laid out by Lesnar to end the show.
Shortly after SummerSlam concluded, Goldberg thanked the WWE fans for their love on his Twitter account. He also apologized for missing the event.
Sorry guys and girls….Thank you all for the love…truly an honor ????????
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) August 22, 2016
When asked about a return prior to SummerSlam, Goldberg told Between The Ropes that he’s willing to come back and that the ball is in WWE’s court now.
“What [the WWE 2K17 event] did for me is reinvigorated that juice inside of me, it evoked a feeling that I haven’t felt in a long time, which is kinda cool. But the reality is that the [ball] ain’t in my court. It’s not in my court. I’ve said many times that I’m willing to throw water under the bridge, but hey, at the end of the day, it is what it is.”
— Brian Fritz (@BrianFritz) August 20, 2016
Goldberg had major heat with WWE chairman Vince McMahon and WWE chief operating officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque when he left WWE in 2004. But, as you can see, he’s willing to make peace with the two top guys in WWE and make a comeback.
In the past, Goldberg has demanded a lot of money to do one more match, and clearly, WWE has been unwilling to pay the former WCW star what he feels like he’s worth. But, they may finally be willing to do agree to terms with him now that his name is relevant in their world again.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 22, 2016
There’s a chance that Shane McMahon will end up bringing in Goldberg to face Lesnar at some point in the future, possibly at WrestleMania 33.
It seems like a guarantee that Goldberg will return to WWE at some point in the next couple of months because WWE would be crazy to not make him an offer for a return match after all this hype about a possible return. Furthermore, it was made clear at SummerSlam that the fans not only remember Goldberg, but they also have a strong desire to see him back in a WWE ring.
It’s been 12 years since Goldberg last wrestled in WWE, and his last match was against Brock Lesnar. The match is remembered for being a complete disaster, mostly because both men were leaving the company following their match, so they, along with the fans, didn’t care about the match at all.
Goldberg will turn 50 later this year, so if he were to make a comeback, now is the time. He’s clearly still in phenomenal shape, and, according to Goldberg himself, he’s in the best shape of his life because he’s finally started to do cardio-based workouts.
If Goldberg were to return to face Lesnar, their match probably wouldn’t turn out to be an all-time classic, but both men will almost certainly do their best to ensure that the rematch doesn’t turn out to be as disastrous as their first encounter was back at WrestleMania 20.
Goldberg has also said that he’d be interested in wrestling The Undertaker. But, at least for now, it appears that “The Deadman” is retired, so unless he decides to come out of retirement, that match won’t happen.
[Image via Between The Ropes]