Bill Goldberg is now a free agent
Fightful Select reports that WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg is now a free agent. Goldberg's deal expired at the end of 2022, and WWE chose not to renew it. Goldberg's last match was in Saudi Arabia last February losing to Roman Reigns.
Goldberg returned to WWE in 2016 after demand from fans reached a fever pitch following Goldberg being involved in the promotion of WWE's video game that year. Goldberg ended up beating Brock Lesnar in a shocking twist, leading to a rematch for the World Title the following year at WrestleMania. Goldberg worked programs with Undertaker, Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler while in WWE.
Earlier this month, Goldberg told Sports Illustrated that he felt WWE owed him a retirement match. “You never say never, especially in wrestling, and they owe me one. That’s all I can say. I made a deal with the devil and I did my job, and they owe me a retirement match. At the end of the day, at 56, it’s not something where I’m sitting by the phone waiting for a call. I’ve got a few ideas of how to do it on my own, possibly in Israel. So never say never.”
While I personally think Goldberg's best days are behind him and found most of his WWE matches skippable (notable exceptions being the Brock matches, his Reigns match and the Lashley match in Saudi Arabia), I can still see why AEW would find it very appealing to bring the 56-year-old in for a match or two. It might not create a bump like CM Punk had, but it would create a unique interest where new people would certainly tune in. The trick is that all the other action has to be compelling enough for people to stick around after Goldberg is done.
Goldberg would need to get a win and then give the win back to one of their top stars. Imagine a brief showdown with Wardlow. Or Powerhouse Hobbs? Goldberg vs. Keith Lee could be fun too! Plus, it would give AEW a much-needed publicity boost. Who knows if Tony Khan feels the same way, but time is running out as Goldberg is not getting any younger.
The Bloodline Story Is Heading For a Big Climax
If you've been reading this column, you know what a big fan of the ongoing Bloodline story I have been. The main event story has consistently been the most entertaining part of WWE television every week, and with WrestleMania around the corner, there is no more holding back on where things are headed.
Last Friday on Smackdown, Cody Rhodes showed up and called Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens into the ring for a final plea for Kevin to forgive Sami and for the duo to reunite. Kevin wasn't going for it.
At the end of the night, Sami confronted Jey Uso in the ring, and the duo went back and forth airing their grievances. But, when Sami made the point that Jey wasn't mad at Sami for attacking Reigns, Jey was just mad that he didn't attack Roman himself. That was enough to set Jey off, and bring Jimmy Uso into the ring for a beatdown of Zayn. Who would come to Zayn's aid? Finally… it was his best friend, Kevin Owens. Listen to that crowd reaction:
On Raw last night, Owens explained why he finally accepted Zayn's apology, and the duo, now a strong unit, challenged the Usos to a tag title match at WrestleMania. Jey accepted and the four of them fought it out, with the Usos getting the worst of the exchange.
Roman Reigns makes a rare appearance on Raw, and Reigns and Jey Uso finally have a discussion about what's been going on the last few weeks in the Bloodline. Jey reinforces his allegiance to the Bloodline, but it didn't seem like Roman was so sure.
The final segment of the night had Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns confronting each other in the ring. The two traded disses with Roman saying "You didn't wanna do Stardust, so you ran away. You started another promotion that you couldn't get over in… and then you ran away." Cody didn't flinch, predicting that after he wins their showdown at WrestleMania, the Bloodline will disband. The Usos would leave. Solo would leave and even Heyman. "There you’ll be. A man without a family, a Roman with no more reigns, a Chief without a tribe." Cody clapped back.
This build has been really really good!
Building up the Hell in a Cell match, Edge cut a promo on Raw this week telling Finn to bring his demon to WrestleMania. The expectation is that Edge will be performing under his Brood moniker.
On Smackdown last week, when a number one contender for the IC title couldn't be determined, it was declared a triple-threat match with Gunther, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre.
Here is the WrestleMania lineup as it stands:
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns defends against Cody Rhodes
- SmackDown Women's Championship: Charlotte Flair defends against Rhea Ripley
- Raw Women's Championship: Bianca Belair defends against Asuka
- United States Championship: Austin Theory defends against John Cena
- Intercontinental Championship triple threat match: Gunther defends against Drew McIntyre & Sheamus
- Hell in a Cell match: Edge vs. Finn Balor
- Brock Lesnar vs. Omos
- Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul
- Trish Stratus, Becky Lynch & Lita vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY)
- Women's four-way tag team showcase match: Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez vs. three other teams to be determined
- Men's four-way tag team showcase match: Braun Strowman & Ricochet vs. The Viking Raiders vs. The Street Profits vs. Alpha Academy
What's on TV this week?
WWE NXT is on tonight at 8pm on USA Network:
- NXT Women's Championship Qualifying match: Lyra Valkyria vs. Ivy Nile
- NXT Women's Championship Qualifying match: Tiffany Stratton vs. Indi Hartwell
- Ilja Dragunov vs JD McDonagh
- Chase U meets Schism in a "Great Debate"
MLW Underground tonight at 10pm on REELZ has:
- Alex Hammerstone battles Jacob Fatu for the World Heavyweight Championship.
- World Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie is challenged by teenage sensation Billie Starkz.
AEW Dynamite is on TBS tomorrow night at 8pm:
- AEW Tag Team Championship: The Gunns (Colten Gunn & Austin Gunn) defend against Top Flight (Darius Martin & Dante Martin)
- Kenny Omega vs. El Hijo del Vikingo
- Jon Moxley vs. Stu Grayson
- Toni Storm vs. Skye Blue
- No DQ match: Hook vs. Stokely Hathaway
- Kip Sabian, The Butcher & The Blade vs. Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
Impact Wrestling on Thursday has announced
- Bully Ray and Masha Slamovich vs. Tommy Dreamer and Mickie James
- Deonna Purrazzo vs. Savannah Evans
- Time Machine vs. The Design
- Joe Hendry & Dirty Dango vs. Moose & Brian Myers
WWE Smackdown hasn't announced much for Friday:
- Rey Mysterio vs. LA Knight
- Dominick Mysterio will show up to confront Rey. The entire Mysterio family will be in attendence.
- Cody Rhodes vs. Ludwig Kaiser
Impact has their iPPV, Sacrifice on Friday night at 8pm on FITE and Impact+ with this lineup:
- Impact World Champion Josh Alexander, Rich Swann & Frankie Kazarian vs. Time Machine (KUSHIDA & Motor City Machine Guns)
- Impact Knockouts Champion Mickie James defends against Jordynne Grace
- X-Division Champion Trey Miguel defends against Lince Dorado
- Impact Tag Team Champions Bullet Club defend against TMDK
- Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry defends against Brian Myers
- Tommy Dreamer vs. Bully Ray Busted Open match
- Deonna Purrazzo vs. Gisele Shaw
- Mike Bailey vs. Jonathan Gresham
- PCO vs. Kenny King
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Will Ospreay is out a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Tanahashi is taking Ospreay's booking during NJPW's crossover show with Impact next week.
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