Bill Goldberg’s WWE return was, by far, the best thing on last week’s Raw, and we won’t have to wait long to see him again, as WWE announced on Monday that he’ll be at the Raw show on October 31.
For now, the plan is for Goldberg to have only one match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series on November 20. But, the overwhelming response to the ex-WCW megastar’s return could change his mind, and he may end up wrestling more than just one match.
There’s a rumor going around that WWE is considering having more than one Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match if their Survivor Series match goes well. There’s also a rumor going around which suggests that Goldberg will go one-on-one with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 next April.
Goldberg’s biggest reason for coming back after being away from wrestling for a dozen years is he wants his wife and his son to see him wrestle live. He’s also wanted a rematch with Brock Lesnar for quite some time, and his involvement in the recently released WWE 2K17 video game helped get the match made.
His Halloween appearance is one of two more appearances that he’ll be making before his match with Lesnar, as he’s currently being advertised for the November 14 Raw, which will be the final show before the pay-per-view. Brock Lesnar is also being advertised for the show, so there will likely be a face-to-face confrontation between the two men.
The KeyBank Center, which is the host of the November 14 edition of Raw, is advertising Goldberg’s appearance as his “in-ring return,” which has given a lot of people the impression that he’ll be wrestling on the show. Of course, having him wrestle just six days before Survivor Series would cause his match with Lesnar to lose a bit of its luster, even if he does only do a one-minute squash match against someone like Bo Dallas.
Both Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar appeared on Monday’s Raw, where they were supposed to respond to Goldberg accepting “The Beast’s” challenge. But, instead, Heyman delivered what was probably his worst performance since he returned to WWE four years ago, and the segment abruptly ended. So, he didn’t exactly do the greatest job of selling the match, and he didn’t even make reference to the fact that Goldberg will appear on next Monday’s show.
There’s a good chance that Paul Heyman will also be on next week’s Raw, so you should probably expect an in-ring segment with Heyman and Goldberg. Will Goldberg get physical? Maybe. But, it does seem like WWE is saving the physicality for next month’s pay-per-view.
It’ll be interesting to see how the WWE fans react to Goldberg during his second appearance. If it ends up being with Heyman, it’ll probably be pretty good, although it won’t be as good as his first appearance was, simply because it was probably the best promo on WWE television all year, so it’ll be hard to top.
Goldberg’s appearance last week did help boost Raw‘s ratings, but that will be hard to accomplish again in his second appearance, especially since it’s happening on Halloween.
Most people are expecting that Goldberg will be booed at Survivor Series, mostly because Brock Lesnar has adopted Canada as his new home country, and the show will be taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Furthermore, Goldberg essentially ended the career of Canadian wrestling legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart in 2000 after he gave him a concussion, and the Canadian wrestling fans probably haven’t forgotten about that or forgiven him for it.
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