From time to time, Bill Goldberg will discuss having one more match or making one more run. With the recent comparisons being made with Ryback, fans have returned to chanting the former WCW champion's name. Even though it pains me to say this, the Master of the Jackhammer should never return to the ring.
Goldberg helped to reinvigorate WCW and was one of the reasons they pushed ahead in the Monday Night Wars. The writers on Nitro were able to use him correctly and were able to rebuild the company on his broad shoulders. Even after the former football players had been spearing and jackhammering people for months, he was still being looked at as a new product when compared to names like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Sting, Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker and other competitors who made the Monday Night Wars so memorable. He is nothing new anymore.
Anywhere Goldberg competed now would be a letdown for fans. Impact has proven it cannot script a show to compete with the WWE and the Monster Goldberg would be lost somewhere in the shuffle between the aging Sting's final run, Kurt Angle's attempt to justify his jump to TNA, and Hogan's attempt to make the company revolve around the remaining moments of his cultural significance. Great competitors like Samoa Joe, Chris Daniels, and Mr. Anderson have held titles but have never received the pushes to greatness they deserve. Goldberg might swoop ratings there for a week or two, but would become misused within a month.
The WWE has already tried to use Goldberg for a push but could not lift him to the crown level he was at in WCW. Why would the former star give the top company another chance when they showed their lack of interest in him before? They used him as a passing fancy and marred the memory of one of the greatest phenoms ever in sport's entertainment.
This would leave the independents as the only avenue for a Goldberg return. Fans would be rightfully disappointed by this option as they would have less of a chance of seeing his return. Instead of performing in an arena, he would be delegated to performing in a public school gymnasium or VFW hall. An organization might be able to get enough backing for a one-shot pay-per-view, but is seeing Goldberg one more time worth $39.95? He should stay retired and leave us with the fond memories we already have.
L. Vincent Poupard has been following the wrestling industry, as well as the characters and storylines, for almost 30 years.
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