Who’s next? Goldberg vows return to wrestling, but promises it won’t be with WWE
With former WCW stars Sting and the New World Order making recent appearances with the WWE, is another former superstar headed back to Vince McMahon’s world?
Don’t bet on it.
Bill Goldberg, one of WCW’s biggest superstars during the famed Monday Night Wars, said last weekend he has no interest in the WWE or anything to do with McMahon.
"I’m going to make an appearance in professional wrestling, but it won’t be for the WWE," Goldberg said while attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "If I put wrestling boots and wrestling trunks on one last time — and I’m going to — it’s going to be done by me and me only."
Goldberg said he is "sick and tired of dealing with promoters" and can come back to professional wrestling on his own thanks to the connections and knowledge he has gained over the years.
Goldberg, 48, has recently served as a TV host for Glory Kickboxing.
It is obvious there is little love lost between Goldberg and the McMahon family’s WWE. The former WCW superstar went to work for WWE in 2003 and left the company after a match with Brock Lesner at Wrestlemania XX.
"Anything I did with the WWE was not therapeutic by any stretch of the imagination," said Goldberg. "The reality is that nobody’s going to tell you that because they have an umbilical cord hooked to Vince McMahon. I, ladies and gentlemen, do not. So, therefore, I can say what I want and not have any repercussions because I don’t rely on them for a job."
Goldberg started his WCW career 5-1, and then went on a streak of 155 victories that stretched from September 1997 to December 1998, when he lost to Kevin Nash at Starrcade 98.
‘I think when Kevin Nash put himself on the booking committee and then gave me my first loss, that was beginning of the end. I knew if we got to that point creatively, where we’re asking talent to make decisions, although Kevin is an extremely intelligent guy who can probably book wrestling shows better than anybody else, but it just seemed funny at the time."
In addition to Nash’s increased role in the creative department, Goldberg also pointed to the merger of AOL and Time Warner as another big part of WCW’s demise.
Goldberg said he was a "get-things-done" kind of guy behind the scenes at WCW and did not have the creative background others in the business had, so he did what he was told and did not question those decisions.
Coming from the NFL and having his professional wrestling career skyrocket right off the bat, Goldberg said he feels bad about his early success in the business because others had paid their dues much longer than he had.
Despite his feelings on professional wrestling, Goldberg said he owes a lot to the business, but more so the fans.
"Though (professional wrestling) would not have been my first choice by any stretch of the imagination, I cannot turn my back on the fact that it made me who I am today in the public eye."