While Goldberg’s latest WWE run might have ended with a mixed response from fans, his bank balance reportedly emerged stronger than ever.
The WCW legend became a free agent at the end of 2022, eight months on from his most recent match against Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s retired. The star recently fired back at speculation that his career was over, explaining that he hopes to self-promote a short retirement tour.
The WWE Hall of Famer has also been linked with an appearance for AEW, a rumour that gathered pace given Sting’s success with the promotion. Although Khan might not be against making a move for the star, it appears that the financial terms of any deal could be a stumbling block.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that Goldberg was paid a remarkable $2 million per match for his bouts in Saudi Arabia while with WWE. For reference, following his return to WWE in 2016, Goldberg wrestled in Saudi Arabia four times, and eight times in the United States.
“A self-done tour sounds great but between the costs of doing it right and the lack of visibility if it’s not in WWE or AEW, it would end up being a disappointment. My gut is that Tony Khan would love to do it, although the Sting retirement has to be his priority for this year.
I’d think Khan would love to feature Goldberg in some fashion anyway, but Goldberg made so much money for so few matches in his WWE deal, reportedly $2 million for each of his Saudi Arabia matches, and for AEW, that kind of money per match simply isn’t cost-effective.”
Vince McMahon Promised Goldberg A Retirement Match
During a recent interview, Goldberg claimed that he had been promised a retirement match by Vince McMahon. The former World Champion stated that he and McMahon had a “handshake agreement” that he’d have a proper retirement match after being defeated by Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber in 2022.