Even though he hasn’t been relevant in the WWE world for over a decade, former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg is one of the hottest topics in wrestling these days, thanks to 2K deciding to make him the pre-order bonus for the upcoming WWE 2K17 video game, which will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 11.
Since being revealed as the game’s pre-order bonus, Goldberg has continued to tease a return to WWE. He’s also teased a match with arguably WWE’s most popular star, Brock Lesnar.
Most WWE fans were under the impression that Goldberg was going to return to the company at August’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, where he would confront Lesnar either during, or after his match with Randy Orton. But, even though there were loud “GOLDBERG!” chants after the brutal conclusion of the show’s main event, the former WCW megastar didn’t make an appearance, and he later apologized on Twitter for missing the show.
Sorry guys and girls....Thank you all for the love...truly an honor ????????— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) August 22, 2016
WWE announced on Monday that Goldberg will make an appearance on Wednesday’s SportsCenter, where he’ll talk about his current relationship with WWE. Will he reveal that he’s planning on returning to the company at some point? Maybe. The only thing we know for sure is that he’s doing the interview to promote the upcoming release of WWE 2K17, and, who knows? Maybe he’ll continue to tease a match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33.
When Goldberg left WWE in the spring of 2004, he didn’t leave on the best of terms. He had spent just one year in the company, but in that one year, he had made enemies with two of the company’s top executives: Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Vince McMahon.
Since his WWE departure, Goldberg hasn’t had the nicest things to say about both Triple H and Vince, but, in a recent interview conducted by Brian Fritz of Between The Ropes, the ex-WWE World Heavyweight Champion said that he’s willing to put his differences with the two most powerful men in WWE aside so they can do business together again.
“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.”
WWE promising that Goldberg will elaborate on his current relationship with them during Wednesday’s SportsCenter may lead to some fans being disappointed, as he probably won’t say anything that he hasn’t already said. But, maybe he will announce that he’s talking with WWE about coming back and that he’s wanting to come back for WrestleMania 33.
At the top of Goldberg’s opponent wish list is Brock Lesnar, who, as of this writing, isn’t on WWE television, and he’s not scheduled to return until early next year. But when he does return, he’ll likely begin a feud with SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon. The feud could lead to a match between Lesnar and Shane at the Royal Rumble show in January, or, it could lead to Shane bringing Goldberg in to face Lesnar at WrestleMania 33.
The first Lesnar vs. Goldberg match, which took place back at WrestleMania 20 in the spring of 2004, is considered to be one of the worst matches in WWE pay-per-view history. But, at the time, the two men couldn’t have cared less about putting on an entertaining match, as they were both scheduled to be leaving the company the next day. If they were to lock horns again, they’d definitely feel the pressure to give the fans what they were capable of giving them the first time around. Will they be able to? Well, that depends on whether or not Goldberg is still able to go. Sure, he’s still in great shape, but he hasn’t wrestled in over a decade, so his in-ring skills, which weren’t all that great when he was a full-time guy, may not be what they used to be.
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