A new report has offered a potential update on the WWE future of Goldberg with his contract set to expire in the coming weeks.
Goldberg made his most recent return to WWE television on the February 4th episode of Friday Night SmackDown. As Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman celebrated costing Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, they were interrupted by the WWE Hall of Famer.
While Goldberg acknowledged Roman Reigns, he quickly switched tact, adding that Reigns would be his next victim. It was later confirmed that the two men will meet at Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia on February 19th.
The two stars had been set to meet at WrestleMania 36 but Reigns pulled out of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interestingly, the upcoming bout is reportedly the last match on Goldberg’s WWE contract. This has led to speculation suggesting that the WCW legend might soon be hanging up his boots.
However, speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has noted that he expects the former World Champion to re-sign with the company. This is in large part to his nostalgic appeal on the shows that WWE hosts in Saudi Arabia.
“I would expect that they would re-sign him,” said Meltzer. “They’re not going to put the title on him unless he re-signs, I’m sure of that… I could see the argument because of being so high not to re-sign him, but I just sense that they probably will. One, to keep him away from the opposition, and the other, because they can afford to do it… Again, like the Saudis. There’s not too many guys from that era left.”
Meltzer added that Goldberg is one of the last stars from the 1990’s who appeals to the Saudi fans who still looks like he did in his prime.
“But the people there, they want those 90s guys because that’s who they grew up on and that’s who the real wrestlers are to them,” Meltzer continued. “You can’t really… I guess they could bring Hogan back. They brought him there one year. But they want that nostalgia stuff. The old stuff. And Bill looks enough like Bill Goldberg to pull it off and, so, just for that, he’s that attraction if they want.”
Speaking in a recent interview, Goldberg reflected on his late career run with WWE which began in 2016. The former Universal Champion admitted that he felt he had “tarnished his legacy a little bit” with his recent matches.
H/t to Ringside News for the transcription.