Former WCW and WWE Champion, Bill Goldberg was a mainstay in the main event picture for WCW in the late 1990’s. WCW pushed him as being “unbeatable” and gave him a lengthy winning streak. Then when the WWE bought the brand, his prestige didn’t diminish but it was apparaent really quick that he wouldn’t “squash” any of the WWE’s cornerstone wrestlers.
However he only was able to enjoy a tenure of a year, although in that year he defeated The Rock (who was ready to heavily transition into more of an acting role), then he enjoyed a long feud with Triple H where he was actually able to go over The Game. At the end of the year fans knew he was on his way out as well as his counter part at Wrestlemania, Brock Lesnar. The fans heavily “boo’d” the match and Goldberg rode off into the sunset.
Sports Illustrated just interviewed Bill and the pair went over a variety of topics, including if he will come back to the WWE. Here is what he responded with:
“I had a conversation with Paul [Levesque] recently and I said, ‘Listen, I’m willing to put everything aside. If you guys want to sit down and make some money and have some fun, then let’s do it. My son wants to see me wrestle, and I’m willing to put all the bad feelings aside. If you guys want to move forward and do this thing the right way, then let’s talk.’ And that’s the way it ended. There’s nothing there. Truthfully, I don’t even think they want me to come, period. I’m just not one of them. The fact that I’m not far outweighs the financial gain, which they truly may not even believe is there. And I’m good with that. I’m absolutely fine with that.”
He added: “I don’t have a time limit and age is just a number for me. If the Hall of Fame presents itself, then I’ll do it in a heartbeat. But it’s not something where I sit here and go, ‘Man, I wish the WWE would induct me in the Hall of Fame.’ I don’t think about what I would say in my speech or who would induct me. I don’t think about that, by no stretch of the imagination.”