Speculation has run rampant regarding former two-time wrestling World Champion Bill Goldberg. The 49-year-old heavyweight grappler hasn’t taken part in a wrestling match in over twelve years, but recent talks with WWE through video game conglomerate 2K Sports have Goldberg closer than ever to re-donning the tights.
If a deal with WWE is officially hammered out, Goldberg will follow the path of any other green-as-grass wrestler that signs on with the Connecticut-based entertainment company by reporting to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where he recently took part in a tryout. For Goldberg, the Performance Center would hopefully be the gateway to beginning a tenure with the developmental NXT brand, where novice wrestlers like himself learn how to work the crowd, hone the fundamentals of televised wrestling, and perhaps most importantly, how not to concuss their opponent to the point where they forget how to pronounce certain consonants.
“He has a lot to learn, but I have confidence in him,” said Matt Bloom, the Performance Center’s head trainer since March 2015. “Becoming a main event performer doesn’t happen overnight, but this Goldberg seems to have the passion and drive to push through, though it’s going to take time. I see a lot of Braun Strowman in him, I really do. And Strowman’s still learning how to get over, which is something we suspect Goldberg will also struggle with.”
“I’m no different than anyone else,” Goldberg humbly noted, following his Performance Center tryout several weeks back alongside other WWE hopefuls like Eddie Kingston and Heidi Lovelace. “It’s a process, but I have to earn everything. I don’t expect WWE to just hand me things like video game covers based on nostalgia, you know?”