Despite not working in a match since February last year, one Hall of Famer feels a Goldberg retirement tour could be a huge success.
Goldberg’s WWE contract ran out earlier this year, and rumors of a potential move to AEW began surfacing.
With AEW heading to Wembley Stadium for All In and launching Collision, the prospect of signing the iconic Goldberg has increased.
But according to a fellow WWE Hall of Famer, Goldberg has his own plans for how to see out his career.
Eric Bischoff feels the potential World Tour, which would see the WCW Triple-Crown Champion call it a day, “could be really good” but confirmed he would not want to be the promoter.
Speaking on the latest 83 Weeks, the former WCW boss explained why he felt it could be a great idea but at the same time a “nightmare”.
“Well, I don’t know the details of it, so it’s hard to really have an opinion. Couple of scenarios. One scenario is he’s working with an established credible, well-funded tour promoter. That can execute on that. If that’s the case and Bill’s got a roster of people that he likes being around that like working with Bill and are anxious to do that to her, I think it could be fantastic.
Especially going to places like, you know, I’d like. If I could afford it, I’d fly to Jerusalem to see that match. You know what I mean? That’s cool. I like that. Again, if he’s got the right promoter, if it’s really well funded and they’ve managed their expectations. And he’s got the right roster to follow him around the globe. Have at it. If he’s doing it, and I imagine he’s doing it for fun, he may want to take his son. You know on that tour his wife and son and be a part of that one last time.”
Bischoff continued talking about the possible tour with optimism while mentioning how it was important to have the right promoter.
“I think it could be really good. I think it can also be a f****** nightmare. I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole, but that’s just me, you know Bill, again, it all depends on the critical issue. Is it? Does he have the right promoting partner? Involved with the right promoter and that’s why I said well funded as well inexperience with the right connections.
Manage your expectations going into that, because you don’t have, there’s so many variables. There’s a lot of variables you don’t have any control over when you’re promoting here in the United States with the company that you’ve been working with for a long time.
There’s always variables. There’s travel, there’s a million things that could go wrong, injuries and creative issues. But once you step away from that and now you’re putting everything in the hands of people that you’ve never worked with before. Just be really, really thorough and be really careful because there’s so many variables you have no control over that can go bad in a hurry.”
Tony Khan has admitted that he is in talks with Goldberg, but it appears Goldberg would prefer a Retirement Tour.
Bischoff helped build Goldberg after the former NFL player debuted in 1997. Goldberg would shoot to stardom with an unbeaten run that included a win over ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Goldberg joined WWE in 2003 defeating The Rock in his debut match before going on to claim the WWE and Universal Championships across his stints with the company.
In 2018 Goldberg was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. His last match was a defeat at the hands of Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber in February 2022.
H/t to 411Mania