Coming soon to a DVD bargain bin near you…Bill Goldberg’s new film Check Point.
You’ve seen him beat up Brock Lesnar in just 1 minute 26 seconds. Now you can enjoy Goldberg beating up domestic terrorists for a considerably longer hour and a half.
In a very timely press release, Sicily Publicity – which sounds like a Mafia front organisation if I’ve ever heard one – have announced that Goldberg’s new film will be getting a limited release on the 29th January, 2017 – the same day as the Royal Rumble, which Bill announced he’ll be entering on this week’s episode of Raw.
And one of Goldberg’s potential 29 opponents in that match might have already been revealed…
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet – who broke the news that Goldberg would be in the Royal Rumble match, so they’re pretty reliable – Brock Lesnar has also been booked for the annual 30-man over-the-top-rope elimination match. Hopefully this time he doesn’t just get eliminated by the Wyatt Family with pretty much zero follow-up.
Apart from a house show in Mexico City on the 3rd December, Lesnar currently isn’t booked for any WWE appearances for the rest of the year. I know you want to sell tickets for the Alamodome, and the best way to do that is to announce as many big names as possible before the event, but I do hope they keep Lesnar’s reveal until the moment his music hits after the Rumble buzzer. Goldberg’s ploughed through everyone. He’s standing in the ring alone. And then out comes The Beast Incarnate.
Wrestling News World are reporting that the Royal Rumble match is one of the main reasons Goldberg agreed to do more dates beyond his Survivor Series main event. From what we can figure out, Goldberg was reluctant to commit to any more matches until he saw how his body held up against Brock at Survivor Series. He’d already admitted his near 50-year-old body was feeling the effects of training, and that he tweaked his shoulder on Raw while beating up some security guards.
But after seeing the reception Goldberg got on his return, Vince McMahon was desperate to sign him for a longer run with the company. Because Vince McMahon loves money.
Apparently the way Vince got around Goldberg’s reluctance is by coming up with a match where Bill didn’t have to wrestle at all, followed up by a limited appearance in the Royal Rumble, where Goldberg can have up to 29 other guys do the work for him. The real match will be saved for Wrestlemania, after which point Goldberg can decide whether his body is up for more.
According to the site, as soon as Vince pitched the idea, “they were able to get a deal done pretty quickly,” and when Brock Lesnar found out he’d be getting pay-per-view main event money for a one-minute match, “he was all smiles as well.” And I’m sure Dave Meltzer’s report that the offer to Goldberg was a “real big money deal” helped things along, with Bill’s future appearances being for similar amounts. So more Goldberg WWE matches depends on the depth of Vince McMahon’s pockets.
On last night’s Talking Smack, Daniel Bryan spoke very candidly about Goldberg’s WWE return, making a not-so-subtle dig at how the company has failed to build any new stars at that level:
“These two guys go out there and they get this amazing superstar reaction…and I feel like I failed in management by not getting our current superstars to that level…Our guys are so good, maybe the best generation of talent in the ring ever, as far as having incredible matches…I want those guys to go out there and get that Goldberg reaction. So we don’t need guys from the past to come in at Wrestlemania, and people see them as the stars….I don’t think that’s the fault of the talent, I think that’s the fault of me…”
Of course, Bryan doesn’t actually have any real booking power behind the scenes. He’s just an on-air authority figure character. So when he says ‘that’s the fault of me’, he’s actually saying, ‘that’s the fault of the people in charge of WWE’. Because this week’s total f**** given by Daniel Bryan is currently…*drum roll*…still zero. It’s still zero everyone!
How would you book Goldberg and Brock Lesnar’s feud through to Wrestlemania 33? Tell us how their next encounter should be a 5 minute Iron Man match in the comments below.