It has finally happened…sort of. Bill Goldberg has returned to the WWE. After teasing a return for the last two years, the former WCW superstar is back…kind of. Goldberg will be in the new WWE2k17, but he has bigger sights.
Goldberg made headlines this past week when he was featured in a WWE 2K17 ad on RAW. This comes after numerous teases at a return over the last two years going back to heavy rumors of a match with Ryback at WrestleMania 31. That match didn’t happen and many said his return never will. Yet while the video game appearance is not a return to the WWE rings, the distance between Goldberg and a WWE ring has gotten much shorter.
A brand new interview with the former WCW champion was posted on WWE.com. The objective of the interview is to of course promote the video game, but there are also subtle promotions at a possible WWE return. Here are a few interesting excerpts of the interview.
One rumor and often report over the years is how both Goldberg and Vince McMahon were angry and disappointed over his WWE run. Yet Goldberg says differently when asked whether his WWE tenure was a success.
“Hell yeah, it was successful. I got paid and I put smiles on people’s faces, so I don’t think you can say that it wasn’t a success by any stretch of the imagination. At the end of the day, leaving WrestleMania, having my hand raised, beating Brock Lesnar… I’d say it was a pretty successful tenure.”
Goldberg was then asked about his final WWE match with Brock Lesnar. Many noted the “Suplex City” sign in the mirror during the commercial, intimating that this was the first tease of a match with Lesnar. This has led to some on social media lobbying for such a “dream return match”. Goldberg was asked about the match and offered some interesting insight.
“We were behind the eight ball from the beginning. What could have been arguably the most vicious and intense match that WWE or any wrestling ring has ever seen, bar none, the potential for that match was not reached by any question. People knew that we were both leaving, so what do you expect? I may have acted the same way as the fans. I don’t blame them one bit.
There were some good moments from [the match]. Any time I get in the ring with Brock Lesnar and go toe-to-toe and have some fun … I’m an athlete, bro. I’m a competitor; that’s what I do till the day I die. I’m going to be that guy.”
Quite frankly I have found this outcry for a rematch at WrestleMania 33 almost comical. It was what it was and what it was is still considered one of the worst moments/matches in WrestleMania history. I challenge anyone lobbying for this rematch to go back and watch their first match and then tell me if you want to see these guys wrestle again. I really don’t understand the desire to see this again.
I can’t say it wouldn’t be fun to see Goldberg have one more run but I think there is only one logical opponent for him at WrestleMania and it’s certainly not Brock Lesnar. Goldberg vs. Triple H is the match. Yes, they feuded once but there is some real heat there and whether it has been squashed or not, they could both play off of it in a big way. The realism won’t be felt with anyone else sans a match with Vince McMahon. The Undertaker would have been ideal if the streak wasn’t broken but without the streak it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Finally, Goldberg was asked about what dream match he’d like to create for himself in 2K17.
“Oh man, there’s a list that’s a mile long of potential victims I never got the opportunity to wrestle in an actual ring that I’d love to make happen for the first time in WWE 2K17. I’d love to wrestle a Bruiser Brody or Andre the Giant from the past. There were some longstanding rivalries that I had, whether it be with Scott Steiner and The nWo, or [rivalries] that I never had, like a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or Roman Reigns, who wasn’t even around when I was in this business.”
Check out the whole interview at WWE.com.