Is Goldberg Quitting WWE For AEW?

WWE Hall Of Famer Goldberg made his return to WWE in 2016 after a hiatus of more than a decade from the company. He decimated 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.  As stated by his contract, Vince McMahon can only have him compete in one more match every year, so it needs to be meaningful. It’s rumored to be the last match of his contract, so it may be his retirement match. Goldberg also sent a bold message to a female WWE Superstar a few months ago.



He had two matches against Bobby Lashley at WWE SummerSlam and then WWE Crown Jewel on October 21st, 2021 in Saudi Arabia respectively. Goldberg beat Lashley in the second match. Since then, the WWE Hall Of Famer has been absent from WWE television.

The WWE Hall Of Famer returned on last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown and immediately set his sights on The Tribal Chief’s WWE Universal Championship. They will face off against each other at the WWE Elimination Chamber event in Saudi Arabia on February 19th.

According to Dave Meltzer on  Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE might get Goldberg to sign another contract, partially to block him from leaving for AEW.

“I’ve not heard him re-signing. I would expect that they would re-sign him. They’re not going to put the title on him unless he re-signs, I’m sure of that… I could see the argument because of being so high not to re-sign him, but I just sense that they probably will. One, to keep him away from the opposition, and the other, because they can afford to do it… Again, like the Saudis. There are not too many guys from that era left. There’s just about nobody. Sting is.

But, the people there, they want those 90s guys because that’s who they grew up on and that’s who the real wrestlers are to them. You can’t really… I guess they could bring Hogan back. They brought him there one year. But, they want that nostalgia stuff. The old stuff. And Bill looks enough like Bill Goldberg to pull it off and, so, just for that, he’s that attraction if they want.

WWE, I mean, the reality is, WWE is that they have all these guys under a contract that are good wrestlers, and the only time that they get… They never do programs with them that get over other than Reigns and Lesnar as the exception. But, for the most part, just go in there and stuff doesn’t really get over [in Saudi Arabia], so you rely on the nostalgia acts. And they’re running low on them. And Bill is one of the last ones. Undertaker’s done. Shawn Michaels isn’t going to wrestle again. Paul Levesque… I can’t imagine Paul Levesque would wrestle again. He may, I mean… I don’t want to say it would surprise me because nothing surprises me. But… I can’t see it. You got Brock and Ronda, but the more they’re around the less special they’ll be. So, Goldberg, the one thing with Goldberg is he’s never going to work more than one or two matches a year.”

h/t to Ringside News for the transcription

Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter has been a huge pro wrestling fan since 2002, and it's been his first love ever since then. He has years of writing experience for all things pro wrestling. His interests outside of wrestling include films, books and soccer.

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