August 19, 2016
WWE Rumors: Will Goldberg Be At 'SummerSlam' This Weekend?

One of the biggest WWE rumors this week has surrounded Bill Goldberg and his possible return in some form to the WWE. The actual news is that Goldberg will be in Brooklyn this weekend, the site of Summerslam, but that he will be representing 2K Sports and their upcoming WWE 2K17 video game, in which Goldberg is the cover athlete. However, according to Forbes wrestling columnist Anthony DiMoro, the WWE might have other plans.

According to DiMoro, his source told him that there had been internal discussions about having Goldberg make an appearance at Summerslam and approach Brock Lesnar. There is one idea that this could just be via a video, but with Goldberg in Brooklyn during Summerslam weekend, he could show up as well, and that could be a huge moment for the WWE.

This follows the fact that Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar shot a video for WWE 2K17 where they pretty much called out Goldberg. In the video, Lesnar exclaimed, "Hey Bill, your next." Goldberg then responded on Twitter by saying "good luck" and laughing off the challenge.

However, the question remains. Will Goldberg be at SummerSlam this weekend? If he does show up, it will be for more than just promoting the WWE 2K17 video game. Goldberg is likely to enter the WWE Hall of Fame sooner rather than later, but if he shows up and confronts Brock Lesnar, it would almost inevitably lead to a match at WrestleMania next year.

This would be a huge match, but it has been done before, and the fans hated it the last time the two men faced off. It happened at WrestleMania 20, and Stone Cold Steve Austin was the guest referee. The problem was that Lesnar announced he was leaving the WWE to try out for the NFL and Goldberg said he was retiring. That turned the fans against both men, and the match was surreal, with fans taunting both wrestlers and only cheering when Austin hit the stunner on them after the match.

This time, it could be a different reaction, but fans might be angry about another thing. In recent years, fans boo anyone they don't want to see and taunt the WWE when they don't get their way. Perfect examples involve Roman Reigns and Batista, two men who got their pushes derailed because stubborn fans only wanted stories to play out the way they wanted them to.

Fans are excited about new stars. As the Inquisitr reported this week, NXT Champion Samoa Joe said that he would love to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Also, Kevin Owens called that a dream match as well earlier this year. Fans seemed excited about these two match possibilities, but if the WWE feels Goldberg at SummerSlam could lead to a bigger money match at WrestleMania, they will go back to the well and have the rematch instead of a fresh new match.

The new era WWE fans could turn on the idea if they feel one of their favorites is losing an opportunity. This is not something that the WWE would want, but it could work if they plan out the story in an interesting way that fans can believe and buy into.

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Will Goldberg be at Summerslam on Sunday? If the Forbes sources are to be believed, the WWE is considering it. A Golberg confrontation with Brock Lesnar could be a huge moment, and younger fans are unlikely to remember the last time the men fought 13 years ago. However, even if Goldberg doesn't show up at SummerSlam, the show is stacked and should be a great event. SummerSlam airs on the WWE Network and pay-per-view on Sunday night, Sept. 21.

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