Bill Goldberg’s WWE return, based on what we’ve learned so far and what he recently said on Monday Night RAW, won’t be a very long one. It’s long been reported as a one-time deal for the 49-year-old WCW and WWE legend, with the possibility of the contract going beyond his scheduled match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. But does he really want to wrestle more than one match now that he’s apparently buried the hatchet with Vince McMahon after years of estrangement from the WWE and its top brass?
In an appearance on fellow WWE legend Booker T’s Heated Conversations podcast, Goldberg talked about his WWE return, which he confirmed as a one-time-only deal. That’s the way it’s been set up, and he plans to go about his comeback accordingly. But in quotes published by Wrestling Inc, he added that he wouldn’t mind making more appearances beyond Goldberg vs. Lesnar at Survivor Series, should he be asked to continue his run beyond that.
“I’m treating it as (a onetime appearance), man. That’s what they offered,” said Goldberg. “That’s what I accepted. If they wanted more, they would have offered more. So I took the offer when it came to a mutual decision, which I believe was mutually positive for everybody involved. Dude, I treat it was such. I have a one-match contract and I’m taking it like the last match of my career. And the minute after the match is over, I won’t bask in it. I’ll think about what’s next. If it’s anything else in the wrestling world, I’ll consider that. If not, hey, man, it’s not like I’ve (been) looking for something to do the last 12 years by any means.”
The last time Goldberg fought in the WWE, it was in one of the most heavily-panned matches in WrestleMania history. He was also up against Lesnar at WrestleMania XX in 2004, and since both of them were finishing their erstwhile deals with the company, they delivered a match many have criticized as boring and uninteresting. And with Goldberg’s WWE return looming, he referenced that match in his Heated Conversations appearance. He had a good sense of humor about how the WrestleMania XX match failed to live up to expectations, saying that it “shouldn’t be too difficult” to meet its standards.
On the other hand, Goldberg also acknowledged that he’s thinking about a lot of things heading into Survivor Series, mainly physical considerations as someone who’s almost 50 and preparing to wrestle his first match in 12 years.
“Am I going to be able to do it physically? Am I going to be big enough? Am I going to be strong enough? Am I going to break something, pull something, tear something? Am I going to be able to do the things that I used to do? I mean, the list is a million things long. But, hey, dude, I don’t have a problem with obstacles.”
Goldberg also told Booker T about his current relationship with WWE owner and chairman Vince McMahon, and how he had embraced him after making an appearance on the October 17 episode of Monday Night RAW. He admitted having “issues” with McMahon and other top company executives after he first left WWE in 2004, and while he didn’t go into detail about how he and McMahon had sorted out those issues, he said that it felt good to embrace his former and current boss, and that he feels thankful he’s being given another chance to return to the company after a 12-year-absence.
As Survivor Series draws even closer, separate reports suggest that Goldberg is preparing for his WWE return by training with a top-flight MMA expert. According to My MMA News, Goldberg has been working out with Master Level Muay Thai instructor Ruben Rowell Jr. at the Affliction Clothing Training Facility in California. This follows earlier workouts with GLORY Kickboxing’s Simon Marcus and former UFC fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig, as the veteran wrestler tries to get into fighting shape for what’s being hyped as a very important match.
We’ve got almost three weeks remaining before Bill Goldberg’s WWE return becomes a reality at Survivor Series. And it will only be then when we find out whether he still has it in him to ask his trademark question “Who’s next?” and wait for someone else to step up to the challenge.
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