In professional sports, players come and go from teams, but it’s rare that they come back to their first team. That’s one of the ways the WWE is different. Wrestlers come to the WWE, but 99 percent of the time, they come back for another run or backstage role. Daniel Bryan is the most recent example of that. He was ruled ineligible to wrestle for the company due to his declining health. Several months after his retirement segment on WWE Raw, he was announced as the SmackDown Live general manager.
Other WWE legends, such as Booker T or Lita, return in time. That’s what makes the WWE a great place to be and, for the fans, a great product to watch. They can see their favorite legends return in some capacity. And when wrestling fans think that a certain superstar won’t ever come back, they often do regardless. The Ultimate Warrior and Bret Hart were two great examples of guys who were probably never going to make a WWE return.
Both WWE legends returned to the company. Hart actually wrestled a match at SummerSlam against Team Nexus in 2010. Warrior made his comeback a couple of years ago and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. After a huge return to WWE Raw, he passed away from a heart attack days later. It was the reunion with the McMahons that made it a big moment for all WWE fans. Almost all of the legends have made their comeback except for two guys.
CM Punk is one of them, and he probably won’t return for many years. The other is Goldberg. He’s one who has a tumultuous relationship with the WWE brass. It was never about the wrestling for Goldberg. The former WCW champion wanted money in his bank account. Years have passed, and Goldberg was never mentioned on programming or featured in the WWE video game. Of course, 2016 is a different year, and Goldberg is a pre-order bonus for WWE 2K16. A real return could be in the works after all. According to TMZ.com, plans are being put into place for a Goldberg WWE return.
“Get ready for a snowball in hell… ’cause sources tell TMZ Sports pro wrestling legend Bill Goldberg is in talks with WWE honchos about a possible return to the squared circle.
“It’s huge news considering Goldberg HATED Vince McMahon when he left WWE back in 2004 — and repeatedly vowed to never work for the company ever again.
“But Goldberg recently struck a deal to appear in the WWE 2K17 video game — and sources tell us the two sides are now talking about expanding their working relationship.”
In a recent article by the Inquisitr, there was a chance Goldberg was going to return at SummerSlam to begin a program with Brock Lesnar. The two had an exchange during SummerSlam weekend, and both seemed like they were trying to work the WWE Universe. A rumored idea for Goldberg’s return was Orton and Lesnar going 15 minutes, and then Goldberg would come out to cost the Beast Incarnate the match.
It actually had the potential to be a great idea and a good way to introduce Goldberg to young fans. Even though the core demographic for WWE is men in their mid-30s, they still cater to the younger crowd. Goldberg has admitted before why he quit the WWE in the first place. Now that he’s on his way back to the WWE, what will make him stay? His only match will be a one-off, which isn’t surprising. His opponent, however, will be. Who should be next for Goldberg?
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