Is Goldberg AEW's "big signing?" Many names are being thrown out as the AEW Galaxy waits to see who will sign with AEW at the 18 November pay-per-view. One of the many names includes Bill Goldberg, who has been a free agent for some time.
However, Fightful Select's Sean Ross Sapp is reporting that "Dollar Bill" won't be the mystery man (or woman) who turns up at Full Gear to put pen to paper. During his latest Q&A on Patreon, Sapp was asked about whether the WWE Hall of Famer is storming in at Saturday's show:
“The signing is not Goldberg, although I can tell you that there have been talks, they have definitely had some conversations. I mean everyone’s asking about Will Ospreay and stuff. I can tell you this. Last year AEW came to terms with Chris Jericho. This year came to terms with Kenny Omega, Hangman Page and the Young Bucks. If Ospreay lands there, well guess who else Barry Bloom reps? Goldberg.”
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Barry Bloom is wrestling's agent to the stars and according to Sapp, Bloom has a great working relationship with AEW.
Goldberg has at least two reasons for wanting to go to AEW. The first is the money. It's likely AEW would break out the checkbook to sign him, well aware that he'd pop ratings (although how much and for how long is unknown). The second is that Goldberg never received the retirement match he claims the WWE promised him before his WWE contract expired. Goldberg's last match was an unceremonious loss to Roman Reigns at 2022's Elimination Chamber PLE in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this year, Goldberg spoke with Sports Illustrated about his retirement match and how he might arrange it now that he's out of the WWE:
“You never say never, especially in wrestling, and they owe me one,” says Goldberg. “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.”
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If Goldberg is interested in working for AEW, why hasn't he gone yet? One reason is that he may have other projects keeping him busy right now. He may still be negotiating a deal with AEW management. It's also possible that AEW wants to wait for the right moment to bring Goldberg in. AEW has so much talent and high profile programs going on right now (including Sting's retirement) that Goldberg and/or AEW may not want him overshadowed by it.
AEW has shown that it knows how to use legends correctly. Sting's run has been nothing short of magical as the Stinger has reconnected with old fans and cultivated new fans. All the while, he's helped elevate Darby Allin and given AEW fans some fun matches that are important to AEW programming but that don't steal valuable title opportunities from existing stars.
If Goldberg is not AEW's "big signing?" then who is? Be sure to check back as WrestleLamia provides coverage of the 2023 edition of Full Gear.
Would you like to see Goldberg come to AEW? If so, when will he show up?
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