If there was any doubt that Bill Goldberg would return to WWE and face The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar, it was erased on Monday night with the announcement the former world champion would appear on Raw next week.
Add to the fact that Paul Heyman is already doing his best to hype a match that technically hasn’t been signed yet, meaning this will be one of the more anticipated confrontations this year, possibly in the past decade.
It has been 12 years since Goldberg stepped in a WWE ring, let alone wrestled in a match. He has been very candid in his comments – especially with Jonathan Coachman on ESPN – that he does not owe Lesnar another match, setting the stage for a colossal meeting.
While Goldberg and Lesnar are friends off camera, that does mean it will translate when they come face to face. Whether it is a match at Survivor Series, TLC or WrestleMania 33, the match everyone wants to see if going to happen. Solidifying a date and continuing the buildup is all that is left before WWE makes this happen.
The talk of Goldberg’s return began back in March, as a potential opponent for The Undertaker when the Dead Man was booked in the Hell in a Cell match with Shane McMahon. Rumours swirled that Goldberg would replace the son of Vince McMahon, but it never materialised.
Now that Goldberg is part of WWE 2K17, he will remain a hot button topic, which means WWE cashes in on his continued stardom and his potential in the ring.
There many reasons for wrestling fans to get excited about his return. Here is a look at five reasons why fans want Goldberg back in a WWE ring.
#1 Unfinished business
It has been 12 years since Goldberg stepped in a ring. Now, with the landscape changed and new “players” on the roster, there are plenty of new opportunities for him with new opponents. Right now, WWE is focusing on Lesnar – the baddest man on the planet.
The match between Goldberg and Lesnar at WrestleMania XX with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee was both Goldberg's final match with WWE and Lesnar's final match until his return in 2012. After Goldberg won the match following a Jackhammer, both men were given a Stone Cold Stunner by Austin on their way out.