Goldberg will soon celebrate the 25th anniversary of his televised in-ring debut, something that WWE may look to celebrate if their scheduling is anything to go by.
On 22 September 1997, the WWF and WCW once again went head-to-head. Raw featured the continuation of its Intercontinental Championship tournament and debut of Mick Foley’s Cactus Jack persona vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, while Nitro featured the debut of Goldberg.
‘Da Man’ wrestled for just under three minutes, pinning Hugh Morrus in what was his first match broadcast on WCW programming. The impact he went on to have on the wrestling business is insurmountable; regardless of fans’ perceptions of his booking and work rate, the Hall of Famer remains a pivotal figure within the Monday Night Wars.
Goldberg will soon celebrate the 25th anniversary of the match, which, looking at WWE’s current schedule, could become featured on their September programming.
Not only do they have a SmackDown taping booked for Friday, 23 September, but the episode will air from Utah, the same state in which the aforementioned match occurred. This doesn’t confirm anything, but it’s particularly intriguing that the sports entertainment giant will be in the exact US state just one day removed from the anniversary.
Goldberg returned to pro wrestling in October 2016 after a 12-year absence from the ring, handily defeating Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. He’s since enjoyed two runs as Universal Champion and wrestled the likes of Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre, with his most recent encounter seeing Roman Reigns topple him at February’s Elimination Chamber.