On Monday, it was reported that former WCW and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg will be appearing on Wednesday’s SportsCenter to promote the upcoming WWE 2K17 video game — which is scheduled to be released on XBox One and PlayStation for on October 11 — and to talk about his current relationship with WWE.
There’s some speculation that Goldberg will announce that he’s signed with WWE during his SportsCenter appearance. But, even if he doesn’t announce that he’s signed, he’s still in “very serious talks” with WWE, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
While reacting to the latest WWE 2K17 commercial, which heavily featured both Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg, Meltzer said that WWE is pretty serious about bringing the former WCW megastar in to face “The Beast.” When will Goldberg be brought in? Well, no one really knows the answer to that question. But, Meltzer suggested that we may find out a bit more about his talks with WWE during his SportsCenter appearance.
“There was a commercial for [WWE] 2K17, and boy did they feature Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg in that commercial. There are very serious talks with Bill Goldberg going on right now. They may already be done for all I know. Everyone is avoiding the question, but where there’s smoke there’s fire, and Bill Goldberg is going to be on SportsCenter on Wednesday, and he’s going to talk about his relationship with WWE, so there’s something going on. Put it this way, it’s in the very strong discussion stages at worst.”
Since being revealed as the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K17, Goldberg has said numerous times that he’s interested in having at least one more match in WWE. Of course, we all know that the one match he wants to have is against Brock Lesnar, whom he had a terrible match with back in the spring of 2004. But if they were to face off at an event like next year’s WrestleMania 33, the circumstances would be much different, and they would probably be able to deliver the match that they should have delivered the first time.
It does seem like it’s only a matter of time before Goldberg makes his return to WWE, and the only question is, will it just be a one match deal? During an interview on WWE.com this past summer, Goldberg suggested that, even at the age of 49, he has a ton of matches left in him.
There are a ton of guys for Goldberg to take on if he chooses to stick around after the Brock Lesnar match — guys like John Cena, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and AJ Styles would all be interesting opponents for the ex-WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
Also, because of their real life heat with one another, a Goldberg vs. Triple H match would be quite interesting, even though they’ve already wrestled each other several times.
WWE’s annual Royal Rumble show is coming up in just a little over three months, and they’re hoping that it’ll end up being the biggest Rumble show in company history. Could Goldberg show up as a surprise entrant in the Rumble match? Sure. If he did show up as a surprise in the match, it would definitely help the show be remembered as one of WWE’s biggest and best pay-per-views of all-time.
As of this writing, WWE is planning a Shane McMahon vs. Brock Lesnar feud. Will the feud lead to a match? Maybe. But the rumor is that they’ll tease a match, but instead, Shane will bring in someone like Goldberg to face Lesnar on his behalf, presumably at WrestleMania 33.
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