While the pro wrestling world is filled with confirmations from all angles that Bill Goldberg’s WWE return is signed and sealed, Goldberg himself either appears to be keeping his mouth completely shut on the matter, or expressing that the rumors are not as concrete as they have been made out to be.
WWE 2k17 is set to go on sale Oct. 11, and Goldberg is this year’s special guest character, so he went on ESPN’s SportsCenter to talk a potential return to WWE.
That very same night, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter said Goldberg’s return is already set in place to take on Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Goldberg spoke as if the idea was still something in the very opening stages of discussion though.
“I’m an old man here. I’m 49 years old,” Goldberg said, via ESPN. “A guy like Ric Flair at 49 could go out and do his character. A guy 49 going out and doing Goldberg again — I don’t know what the odds are.”
“I have a 10-year-old boy. I got a wife who has never seen me wrestle, and I got a generation of kids who don’t know who the hell I am except for looking online. The biggest thing about being a wrestler, and being Goldberg gave me, was the ability to be a superhero for kids.
“I want the ability to be that guy again. But there’s a compromise here. To be that guy at 49 years old, do you risk losing your legacy? Is it something that I am going to regret?”
In fact, Goldberg said he has not even talked to Vince McMahon since leaving WWE 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.”
Goldberg did specifically play up the idea of another Lesnar match though.
“I would be remiss in saying I don’t owe Brock Lesnar a rematch. I was able to prosper and have my hand raised at the first meeting, and I think if I ever came back, that’d be the match. I would have to work my ass off to get ready for him, but you never say never. I’ve said it for 12 years.”
Many expected Goldberg to use SportsCenter as the platform to announce his return, but for now it seems fans are going to have to choose between believing Goldberg and WWE, or the many pro wrestling insiders who are certain the return is already done and scheduled.