Bill Goldberg has never been one to play the political wrestling game. That is why it is no surprise at how public he is about a possible WWE return which may or may not come against Ryback at WrestleMania 30.
A new report in the Wrestling Observer reveals some interesting quotes coming from Goldberg at the C4 Comic Con a few weeks ago. According to Meltzer’s report, Triple H has been actively recruiting the former WCW champion.
“He said that HHH has called him and they have talked, but that there’s no deal in place. He said that he’s open to come back and would like his son (who wasn’t born when he was active in pro wrestling) to see him wrestle once, but would only do it for the right price. He said that he would never call them and ask to come back. He said the ball is in their court and they know what they have to do to get him.”
Meltzer also reports that both parties are far apart on financial terms of a deal. Meltzer speculates that the signing would only pay off if Goldberg was used on WrestleMania. I’d say the odds right now in his favor. There is no real hook at this point on the card. Steve Austin appears to be out, The Rock is up in the air, and Hulk Hogan isn’t likely to wrestle even if he does appear. There would appear to be money in the budget for Goldberg if everyone can make it work.
“He said that they are trying to get fans to put pressure on him to come back for “the pop” but he said he doesn’t care about that. If they want him, they know what he wants and they have his number. He said that WWE did try to push him on the “think of the pop you’ll get” lure but he said from his point of view, they are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to negotiating tactics.”
Another point Meltzer brings up is that the timing of the DVD release was intentional as it was meant to drum up interest in a Goldberg vs. Ryback match. That was obvious the second the announcers started acknowledging the chants on television. If you notice, the announcers aren’t acknowledging those chants today like they were then.
I am up in the air on Goldberg. The one thing people have to remember here is that the guy hasn’t wrestled in years. On top of that, his last WrestleMania match was one of the biggest duds in Mania history. That said, Brock Lesnar was able to come back and shake off that match. I just don’t know how good a Goldberg vs. Ryback match could even be with the limitations on both guys.
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