WWE Hall Of Famer Goldberg made his return to WWE in 2016 after a hiatus of more than a decade from the company. He would go on to defeat Brock Lesnar in a squash match at Survivor 2016 and then win the Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in 2017. He defended his title against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 in one of the main events of the show. Vince McMahon had offered to ‘release’ top WWE champions.
WWE Hall Of Famer Bret Hart spoke at an Inside The Ropes Live show [back in October 2019], where he talked about Goldberg ending his pro wrestling career.
“And then like when Bill Goldberg kicked me in the head and ended my career. It was such a lousy way to go because I didn’t know… I didn’t know my career was over. And when I did go home and it took me a year to find out that my career was over. And right around the time, I found out that I couldn’t… My doctors told me that I could never wrestle again and then the WCW fired me. From the day I got hurt, my million-dollar salary got cut. Every week, it got cut in half and got cut in half and got cut in half and kept getting cut in half till there was nothing left. And then they just fired me, which was such a lousy deal I had.”
“You know, when I was in WWE, I had like an insurance policy through Vince that I mean, I slipped in the shower, I was totally covered. My contract was paid in full. But when I signed with WCW, they gave me an insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London, and if you know anything about Lloyd’s of London, they don’t like to pay anybody. They like those premiums. They like you to keep paying those. But when it comes time to settle up and pay when they’re supposed to, they are total bullsh*t and they would not pay me and I had to sue them and I had to go through court.”