The latest WWE rumors on the comeback of Bill Goldberg have taken a rather unusual and interesting turn, as a potential Goldberg vs. The Undertaker match at WrestleMania 33 may be among WWE’s plans for next year’s big event.
As Goldberg himself had suggested on the October 17 episode of Monday Night RAW, Brock Lesnar is “next,” but he’s also “last.” That suggests his second WWE run will be a one-and-done affair, which would be understandable given the fact that he’s already 49-years-old and hasn’t seen action in the ring since the poorly-received Goldberg vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania XX in 2004. But as the Inquisitr reported last week, Goldberg may be brought back for more matches depending on crowd response to his return.
Now that we know that fans were happy to see him come back to WWE, rumors now suggest that the Bill Goldberg/Brock Lesnar feud may extend beyond a single match. But that’s just one of the potential options, according to a new report. Citing and quoting the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Forbes said Saturday that Goldberg vs. Undertaker looks like a possibility for WrestleMania 33, which takes place on April 2, 2017.
“It’s possible a three-match program with Lesnar, or a match with Undertaker (provided Undertaker returns at WrestleMania, as Undertaker told everyone after last year’s show that it was his final match) could be a big match at WrestleMania.”
As of now, no one knows whether Goldberg’s positive reception on Monday Night RAW will indeed lead to more matches. Forbes speculated that continued fan support may extend the Lesnar feud beyond one match but added that a lot will depend on how good the expected Goldberg vs. Lesnar match turns out to be.
There’s also The Undertaker’s injury problems to think about. Photos of the wrestler in crutches emerged last week, and the Inquisitr reported Wednesday that he had undergone hip surgery, thus explaining the crutches and possibly putting his chances of competing at WrestleMania 33 at risk.
But how would Goldberg vs. Undertaker turn out should such a match become a reality at WrestleMania 33? In a separate free article on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, pro wrestling booker John LaRocca offered his own fantasy booking scenario leading into and including that hypothetical match.
According to LaRocca, Goldberg’s match against Brock Lesnar, which is assumed to take place in November at Survivor Series 2016 as rumored, should have Lesnar winning convincingly, but with the match not being mentioned for the next few months outside of the usual post-pay-per-view highlights on RAW. At this point, their feud is one-and-done, and all is quiet until January 2017.
LaRocca then suggested that Goldberg and Undertaker return at Royal Rumble 2017 and eliminate each other during the Royal Rumble match, brawling outside the ring and building up tension for a potential singles encounter in the near future. This would then lead to the climax of the fantasy booking scenario – Goldberg vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 – where the legendary “Deadman” would end up victorious, presumably wrapping up his WWE career with that big win.
“Undertaker pins Goldberg after hitting his trademark Tombstone piledriver. To me, there should be no question that Undertaker should be the one that gets his hand raised here as a win over Goldberg continues to add to his legendary career.”
Of course, it bears mentioning once again that the match is just a rumored idea at this point, and LaRocca’s suggestions are an example of fantasy booking from a source outside of WWE Creative. That’s to say little of Undertaker’s other rumored opponents at WrestleMania 33, should he be healthy enough to compete. But if Goldberg vs. Undertaker does get confirmed for WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event of 2017, a win for ‘Taker sounds just about right; his WrestleMania winning streak may have been broken, but a legend like him deserves to go out on a high note, should he indeed be retiring.
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