By Lou Ladinsky
The big question after Goldberg’s stunning 86 second destruction of the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, at the Royal Rumble this past November was if Goldberg would “Rumble” again. Most people thought it was a one shot deal for Goldberg.
Insider wrestling sources say Bill Goldberg was given a “real big money deal” for his match against Brock Lesnar at the WWE Survivor Series. Whatever the amount was it was not a bad payday for an 86 second match. Goldberg is said to be open to more wrestling for the same amount of pay, so how often we see Goldberg in WWE from here on out looks like it all depends on how much the WWE wants to use him.
We have now come to find out that our very own Atlanta Jewish native former WCW/WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Goldberg, is ready to rumble again and will return at the 30th annual Royal Rumble match on Sunday, January 29th 2017 at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas as the first participant to throw his name in the hat.
A tradition dating back to 1988, the Royal Rumble Match starts out with two participants, with new Superstars entering the ring every 90 seconds. This continues until all 30 Superstars have entered the bout. Eliminations occur during the match when a Superstar is thrown over the top rope and both of his feet hit the floor. The last Superstar standing will be declared the victor and earn a Title Match at the WWE’s annual premier event, Wrestlemania, the Superbowl of Wrestling.
During a recent promo on the weekly WWE television show, Monday Night RAW, Goldberg stated he does in fact have one last title run in his blood.
On a recent WWE TV broadcast, a weeping Paul Heyman, another fellow Jewish wrestling personality, and the advocate for Brock Lesnar, said they underestimated the 49 year old Goldberg. Heyman said Goldberg is a relic. He said they thought it would be the easiest payday of Lesnar’s career, but Goldberg cracked Lesnar’s rib with a spear right out of the gate.
“If you can’t breathe, you can’t fight,” Heyman said. Heyman also said the humiliating loss to Goldberg has changed the mindset of Brock Lesnar who is now focused on retribution after being embarrassed at the Survivor Series, a mark that will follow his legacy forever.
Brock has made it clear that wherever Goldberg goes, he will follow. Brock has also made it clear that he is now the second participant to throw his name in the hat for the Royal Rumble match thus putting him on another collision course with Goldberg.
As for Goldberg’s WrestleMania 33 match, we noted after Survivor Series that his feud with Brock Lesnar does not appear to be over, and it’s likely the two will face each other again at WrestleMania. A possible setup for the WrestleMania rematch could take place at the upcoming Royal Rumble, during which Brock Lesnar or Goldberg are responsible for each of their respective eliminations during the Rumble match costing each of them a Main Event title shot at the Wrestlemania event in April.
This could be a similar angle to the one WWE did back in 2004, where Lesnar cost Goldberg the Royal Rumble match, and Goldberg then cost Lesnar a WWE Title loss, setting up their last WrestleMania 20 encounter back in 2004.
The Royal Rumble on January 29th is a must see event and paves the way for the road to Wrestlemania. Whatever the outcome is for the Royal Rumble, I am confident we will see Goldberg again in a Main Event matchup at Wrestlemania.
As of this writing, according to the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Goldberg is contracted for three future Pay-Per-Events in 2017, including the Royal Rumble, Fastlane and Wrestlemania. Stay tuned for more as we follow Goldberg on his return to the ring in the WWE.