Goldberg looks likely to end his working relationship with the WWE after WrestleMania, where he is expected to drop the WWE Universal Title to Brock Lesnar. However, the door is open for him to return.
Kurt Angle will remain with the WWE and is likely to be given a role on TV, although it has not been decided if he will wrestle. Original plans called for Goldberg to lose to Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series and go into the Hall of Fame over WrestleMania weekend. Kurt Angle was added to replace Goldberg as a viable headliner.
In case you didn’t know…
Goldberg was one of the bonus characters on WWE 2K17 and returned to the WWE last October, after leaving on bad terms in 2004. He was originally set to have one match with Lesnar, but crowd reaction inspired Vince McMahon to change those plans and sign Goldberg to a three PPV extension.
Kurt Angle was last seen in the WWE in 2006. He also left the WWE on bad terms, as the WWE could not convince Angle to enter a drug rehab facility. He left WWE for TNA. Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar at the Survivor Series in just 86 seconds, in one of the most shocking finishes ever seen in WWE history.
It planted the seeds to continue the feud with Goldberg and Lesnar, as did Goldberg eliminating Brock from the Royal Rumble. He will now go on to face and defeat Kevin Owens at WWE Fastlane for the WWE Universal Title and will face Brock Lesnar in the main event at WrestleMania 33, with the WWE Universal Title on the line.
WWE should be applauded for booking Goldberg far better than they did in 2003, where his run was considered a failure.
The heart of the matter
Kurt Angle had been in talks with the WWE for over a year before his return was agreed. The original plan called for Kurt Angle to return quietly and induct Ray Stevens into the WWE Hall of Fame, and increase fans’ appetite for his return to WWE TV, with plans to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame once he had concluded his final run with WWE.
However, Goldberg catching fire forced WWE to find a new headliner. The decision was made to induct Kurt Angle early, over Daniel Bryan.
As previously mentioned, Kurt Angle will remain with the WWE and will be on TV at some point in 2017. Goldberg has been announced for UK tour with Inside the Ropes. Inside the Ropes have restored UK fans’ faith in booking tickets for UK appearances, after other companies failures to deliver on former WWE Superstars they had promised.
1PW actually stole the money of 500 fans, including yours truly, when they failed to deliver Shawn Michaels for a heavily promoted UK tour.
Inside the Ropes have bought Sting, Matt Hardy and Cody Rhodes to the UK. My fellow UK fans will be safe if they choose to buy tickets on for any of the dates on the tour. I will definitely be at the London show, which I will cover for Sportskeeda and my podcast, “The Dirty Sheets.’