Although they always seem to be flattering, rumours of Goldberg’s return to the WWE have been abuzz, ever since the former WCW star was revealed to be the pre-order bonus for the upcoming WWE 2K 17 video game.
The veteran who looked set to clarify the question as he spoke with WWE on ESPN’s Sports Center this Wednesday, instead, disappointed fans with a recycled statement.
It's no surprise, fans were over the moon when Micheal Cole announced the interview on Raw and interpreted the announcement as an indicator that the former WCW World Champion had struck a deal with WWE for one more match. Furthermore, even expecting that the WCW veteran will announce his Pro-Wrestling return at Jonathan Coachman's show.
Unfortunately, the rumours came crashing down during Goldberg's latest interview last night. The former WWE star only repeated what he has been saying for the last 6 months or so and broke the heart of many fans in the process.
When asked of a possible return, Goldberg, who has been vocal about wanting to face his Wrestlemania XX opponent, Brock Lesnar; said once more that he will have to do a lot of soul-searching before figuring out if he wants to do so. He said:
"I'm going to do a lot of soul-searching, and I'm going to talk to my family to figure out what Goldberg wants to do. At the end of the day, I'm greatly appreciative of all the fans that I was able to acquire over the years. I don't want to bastardize anything I did, let's just put it bluntly. So it's a big decision.”
After the announcement of Goldberg's appearance on ESPN, rumours that he has already signed a deal rapidly filled the rumour mills and many said that WWE Officials have already planned a match between Brock Lesnar and his WrestleMania 20 opponent for Survivor Series.
However, during the interview, Goldberg also shut down these rumours, claiming that he has not spoken to Vince McMahon ever since his WWE departure back in 2004:
"I haven't had a word with Vince McMahon since I've left the business, He has done his thing very successfully, and I like to think that I have gone on my way and been fairly successful about my business. At the end of the day, I'm sure that he and I will speak sometime soon. I owe him a thankful handshake for giving me the ability to do this.”
With his latest interview, Goldberg has mostly exhibited that the rumours of his return are nothing more than wild guesses for now. Added to which, the fact that he has not spoken to Vince McMahon since 2004, shows that WWE Officials have not had a serious talk with the former World Champion about a return yet. As such plans, involving a return and a match of such calibre would not go down without the boss being involved in it.
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