Bill Goldberg is sticking around. As if it was not evident enough with his fast squash win over Brock Lesnar at the WWE Survivor Series, the former WCW and WWE champion made it official on RAW and in a very big way.
Goldberg opened up Monday Night RAW with a big announcement. The former champion threw his name in the hat and officially announced his participation in the 2017 Royal Rumble. This would mark Goldberg’s first Royal Rumble match and only his second match in twelve-years.
The announcement came just a day after Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Goldberg had agreed to a new deal with the WWE, extending his engagement with the company. There aren’t a lot of details around the deal, although you don’t have to be a pro wrestling super sleuth to figure out how this one is going to go.
According to other reports, it was Brock Lesnar who actually went to bat for Bill and pushed hard for the company to keep him. Lesnar acknowledged how over his angle with Bill was and asked the company to keep it going. For anyone who thinks for a second Brock had to be convinced to do the quick job on Sunday night, think again. As said numerous times, Brock is about the bucks not getting wins in the WWE.
The Royal Rumble announcement sets up a dream scenario for a WrestleMania 33 rematch. The likely result at the Rumble will see Lesnar cost Goldberg the Rumble in some way, angering Bill to the point that Bill demands a rematch. The two will then likely square off in what could be Lesnar’s biggest WrestleMania match since coming back.
The big win here is that it would appear that the company called a major audible on the original plans for Lesnar. Most reports indicated that the booking plans for WrestleMania 33 were Brock Lesnar vs. Shane McMahon. The angle coming out of SummerSlam seemed to reinforce that. I think we can all agree this is a much better pivot for all involved.
Amidst all of the excitement I can’t help but consider the risk with putting Goldberg in the Rumble. Goldberg has not wrestled a full match in twelve years. He can’t be in there long, otherwise he gets exposed. I think he needs to be somewhere between 27-30 because if he is in there too long, it could get tarnish him going into Mania.
For all of the criticism that the WWE gets and it is well-deserved, they deserve a lot of credit here in going with the hot hand as opposed to ignoring what everyone has watched over the last few weeks. The Goldberg phenomenon is truly something special. It’s nice to know he’ll be sticking around at least through Mania.