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Goldberg Up For WWE Return, Talks Punk in UFC, and More

““…We know it was a kind of a disgruntled marriage between myself and WWE. I don’t really sit down and watch the product with my son.”

Bill Goldberg is a name that has popped up over the last few years during WrestleMania season. Fans of his are clamoring to see the big man wrestle one more match in a WWE ring and if the former WCW star had the chance, he’d be down for it.

I must have written half a dozen blogs in the last year about Goldberg coming back to the WWE. The relationship with Goldberg and the WWE is quite an odd one. One month it is up, the next down, you just never know where the two sides are at. I do know one thing and that is there are plenty of fans anxiously awaiting a return to the ring from the former WCW and WWE champion.

The last word on Goldberg is that he was in negotiations with the WWE about a deal that would include video game promotion, a Hall of Fame induction, and one more match. Last word was that Goldberg was training hard for it and while the WWE were interested, the two sides were far apart on money. I also think the availability of Sting made Goldberg a lot less valuable in the eyes of creative.

Well here we are again and Goldberg has not closed the door on a return. Goldberg was asked about it by Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald and he told Fishman he is not on in shape and ready to go, he is in the best shape of his life.

I could still do it,” Goldberg said. “I’m probably in the best shape of my life right now…I made the statement that I would never consider wrestling over the age of 40 when I was over 40 years old. Here I am two clicks away from the big one (50). Having children changes your outlook 100 percent of your life. If it came to fruition, I would seriously consider it. With that said, it’s not going to stop my heart that I didn’t attain that by any stretch of the imagination.

Last year fans were teased with rumors of a Goldberg vs. Ryback match which never came to fruition. The interest in that match has greatly declined so who would Goldberg like to come back and wrestle?

Who knows? I really don’t know,” Goldberg said. “I wouldn’t know what they would want to do. If it was left up to me creatively, and with creative control, I think the dream match would be me and [Steve] Austin. That was the dream match 10 years ago, 15 years ago. Would it be a reality now? Probably not. Is there anyone on the current roster? I’d go with anybody. It doesn’t matter.”

Unfortunately the ship has sailed on the Goldberg vs. Austin match. That’s the problem. What is the payoff and who do you match up with Goldberg? Ryback isn’t in a spot that makes sense for the match. The only guy I can think of Triple H and the WWE playing off of their heat but that’s already been done and quite honestly it wasn’t that good.

One guy Goldberg won’t be wrestling is CM Punk. Goldberg also has a passion for MMA and was asked about Punk’s transition from pro wrestling to the UFC. He is a fan of Punk’s move to the UFC.

He is in a great training camp,” he said. “From what I’ve read, CM Punk is like a sponge when it comes to training. So as long as he can digest what is thrown at him, he is in a great camp. Anthony Pettis is a superstar in mixed martial arts right now. I think [Duke] Roufus was an underachiever in the kick boxing world, and he worked his ass off to obtain the level he attained as a coach. I believe he can see himself a little bit in CM Punk and work slowly with him.

I would highly recommend the entire interview where Goldberg talks more about a WWE return, Sting coming to the WWE, Randy Savage in the Hall of Fame, more on Punk and UFC, and more.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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