After establishing himself as a top star in WCW, Goldberg eventually signed with WWE. While he previously regretted not fully embracing professional wrestling earlier in his career, he has since made up for it and returned to the ring part-time seven years ago. He is now a free agent, and it seems Goldberg’s AEW debut could have unintended consequences.
Goldberg hasn’t been seen on WWE television since his loss at the hands of Roman Reigns during the 2022 Elimination Chamber premium live event. In fact, Goldberg is now officially a free agent after his WWE contract expired.
It is said that WWE did not negotiate a new contract with Goldberg, and he did not have any remaining matches on his deal. The news of his free agency has sparked rumors that he may be on his way to AEW.
While speaking on Strictly Business, WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff believes that it is highly unlikely that Goldberg will make the move to AEW. According to him, joining AEW would be a “step-down” for the legendary wrestler, and he doubts that Goldberg needs the money at this point in his career.
Eric Bischoff also raised concerns about the potential impact Goldberg’s arrival would have on the morale of the AEW roster. While there may be many opportunities for Goldberg to have great matches with members of the roster, Bischoff questioned what would happen to those wrestlers who have been waiting in the wings for their chance to shine. If Goldberg were to come in on a big-money deal, it could cause frustration and resentment among other wrestlers who have been struggling to get noticed.
“I doubt Bill (Goldberg) needs the money. That rush doesn’t get any better than the rush he’s had in WWE … he could probably, possibly, I guess, make a really, really sweet deal, and hey, business is business. Bill’s all about business, don’t think he’s not. But unless he’s really money-motivated, I don’t see that happening.
Guess what happens to everybody else who has been in the witness protection program for the last year-and-a-half that can’t get a phone call returned or an email responded to who are just sitting at home,” he questioned. “If that were to happen — yes there’s a lot of opportunity — but there are some unintended consequences that come along as well, it’s just part of it.”
Goldberg has received interest from multiple companies after becoming a free agent. AEW President Tony Khan is also paying close attention to Goldberg’s free agent status. We’ll have to wait and see whether Goldberg will compete in AEW in the future.
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