In one of the more stunning developments of the year, former WWE and WCW champion and current Celebrity Apprentice contestant, Bill Goldberg has announced that he is negotiating with the WWE. The news is surprising considering the negative comments that Bill Goldberg has made about his last WWE experience. How shocking would it be to have both Bill Goldberg and Bret Hart back in the WWE in the same year?
Goldberg broke the story himself on his Twitter with the following tweet. “Anyone got any issues on the TNA side, I suggest you bring it up with them… Truth is I never thought I’d even consider it…then came my son. No one said I’d wrestle but the door is open again.”
The news is pretty shocking considering the comments that Goldberg has made over the last several years regarding his first WWE run. Goldberg has called his first WWE run, “crappy” among other things. Goldberg also said the following when asked whether he regretted going to the WWE. “I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t feel that way every single day of my tenure there. I did it for the fans…I did it for the business. I didn’t do it because I wanted to do it. I went in for the wrong reasons; I was not disappointed, and I was not surprised of what happened. I questioned my decision throughout my entire tenure there.”
[adinserter block=”1″]So the about face here is rather surprising given the parties involved. To be fair, nobody has definitively said whether this is for a wrestling deal, a DVD compilation, etc. For all we know, this could be negotiations for a one-night deal to Guest Host WWE RAW as part of Celebrity Apprentice promotion. Donald Trump and Vince McMahon’s friendship is well known, so who’s to say that this isn’t part of a deal where Trump and Goldberg together host an edition of WWE RAW?
I’d actually be pretty surprised if this was an actual wrestling match or matches. I don’t know the man, but Goldberg seems pretty content on never wrestling again. To be fair, you have to respect a guy that made his money and cashed out especially when wrestling fans are stuck watching Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan well past their primes in TNA Wrestling on Monday nights. There is a bit of a love/hate relationship with Goldberg and wrestling fans for what some perceive as his lack of passion for pro wrestling. To me, I see Goldberg as a guy who “got it” more than the others and has been successful enough in other avenues to avoid the politics of pro wrestling.
[adinserter block=”2″]So what if this results in Goldberg returning to the ring? Who would be the ideal opponent or opponents for Goldberg? In my opinion, Goldberg is a tricky guy to book so you need to be careful especially in 2010. The obvious answer here is Batista. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that a Goldberg vs. Batista match could be huge. I also think the promos would be great, because both guys would believe in what they are selling. Other than Batista, there really are no superstar heels to put Goldberg with that we haven’t seen before. The Undertaker would be an intriguing match, but I have a feeling that Goldberg would come off a heel in that one so what’s the point?
This is not good news for TNA Wrestling. Hulk Hogan has dropped hints and suggestions that TNA Wrestling and Goldberg were in negotiations several times. Goldberg has been adamant in recent interviews about this being false even going as far as to call Hulk Hogan a liar. With Goldberg out of play, there are no more superstar free agents that TNA Wrestling will have the chance to scoop up.
At this rate I’d expect to see Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior in the 2011 Royal Rumble.
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