For the first time in over 12 years, Bill Goldberg will step foot inside a WWE arena and be featured on WWE programming on Monday Night Raw. The challenge was presented to him by Paul Heyman last week. It was revealed that Goldberg would finally be making his return to WWE television after several months of rumors and speculation from the WWE Universe that he could be back inside a WWE ring.
On Raw, Goldberg will be addressing the challenge from Brock Lesnar, which is expected to begin the feud between the two men that will culminate at WWE Survivor Series next month in Toronto. Originally, the WWE Universe believed that if Goldberg were to return to WWE programming, it would be to promote the WWE 2K17 video game and possibly lead to a WWE Hall of Fame induction in Orlando next year.
However, the video game will be promoted the more Goldberg appears on WWE television, which is going to be a lot considering WWE has added more dates to his comeback. The Hall of Fame is possible, but WWE officials aren’t going to wait until WrestleMania to book Goldberg vs. Lesnar. In fact, there could be a major angle that could see Goldberg’s WWE return become drastically different than the WWE fans expected.
Goldberg’s return to WWE has taken a long time to come to fruition, and a lot of that must have to do with Vince McMahon’s feelings about the former WCW star returning to WWE after a 12-year absence. It has been reported that Vince isn’t totally invested in Goldberg’s return to WWE, so that puts a lot of pressure on Bill Goldberg to be successful because it seems that WWE Survivor Series could be his first and last chance.
Apparently, Goldberg’s main interest in being featured on WWE programming is for his son to see him on the biggest wrestling platform in the world. That’s understandable, but there is a lot of potential for him to stick around in WWE through at least WrestleMania 33 if his match with Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series lives up to the hype. However, WWE officials could pull a swerve that the WWE fans won’t see coming at all.
There is a report that claims WWE should consider turning Goldberg heel for the feud with Brock Lesnar. At first, that sounds like a terrible idea because the WWE fans have been waiting forever to chant “Goldberg” again, and a heel turn takes all the fun out of his return. Not to mention that the former WCW and WWE World Champion is going to receive a hero’s return to WWE on Monday Night Raw, so why rock the boat?
The main logic behind the heel turn is the overwhelmingly positive response from the WWE Universe is going to fade away. Also, it’s very unlikely that Goldberg will be getting the win over Lesnar, so it would make it a much easier pill to swallow if he were a heel. Afterward, Goldberg could continue into other feuds as a heel if he sticks around after WWE Survivor Series.
Another reason why a heel turn for Goldberg makes sense is his history in Canada is extremely negative over his career, and the possibility that trend could continue into WWE Survivor Series next month. The last thing that WWE officials would want to see is the triumphant return of Goldberg spoiled by a Canadian crowd that wants to go against the grain. WWE just may make the choice easier for them.
WWE may turn Goldberg heel in an ultimate way to put over Brock Lesnar before WrestleMania 33. The two men aren’t expected to cross paths until the final Raw before their match, so it’s very likely that Bill Goldberg won’t be turned until after a few weeks back on WWE programming, but it’s a risk that could ensure that he only remains with WWE through November.
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