In the interest of playing a little bit of word association (or number association, depending on how you look at this), when you think of 173-0, the first and only answer that wrestling fans will say is “Goldberg“. 173-0 was Goldberg’s unprecedented record that he set in his initial run with World Championship Wrestling after his 1997 debut.
Although many people dispute the validity of this record number (since people feel that the numbers were exaggerated a bit, but WCW defended the claim by stating the wins came from house shows), one thing cannot be denied was the indelible impression that he left on the fans. An impression so highly regarded that the mystique and the intrigue of Goldberg still exists to this day. With this being said and with some recent events that have occurred lately, could the writing on the wall be even more clear that one last run of Goldberg should not be ruled out?
I know you’re thinking that the ideology of him returning is a bit far fetched and unreachable, but if a return is going to happen there isn’t a better time than right now than to pull that trigger. “Why?” you ask? There are a few elements to consider. Back in October, the WWE magazine did an interview with Ryback regarding the recent comparisons between himself and former World Champion Goldberg. Ryback stated:
“I do this because I have a passion for it, and that’s the biggest difference between Goldberg and me. I’m not here to make five million dollars and then walk away. I’m here for life,”
“And, I firmly believe that I’m much better than he was in the ring. I feel I’m a better athlete and wrestler than Goldberg ever was, and people are going to see that over time.”
Goldberg responded to Ryback on Twitter scoffing at the claims, but could this be Ryback taking a page from John Cena‘s book? For years John Cena went on public record calling out The Rock, which was a very intelligent move since this set up one of the largest Wrestlemania main events in history. Ryback knows and understands the potential of a match to meet Goldberg in the ring and could be exercising all media outlets to see that this idea becomes a reality.
Last night here on Rant Sports we reported the complete WWE DVD schedule for 2013. One of the DVD’s set to be released in October is an all-Goldberg DVD. With this coming out later in the year, the WWE has time to organize and set up a story for him to be on television and to promote his DVD. Remember, there is a large share of current wrestling fans who have never seen Goldberg in the ring and have merely heard about this legend. Having him in the ring for a match or two will not only be a treat for the old school fans, but also the younger audience so they can experience his dominance in person.
2013 marks the 15-year anniversary of Goldberg winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Hulk Hogan in the summer of 1998. A special landmark milestone such as this is something to acknowledge and cannot be ignored. Taking into consideration that Goldberg’s exit in his last run with WWE was not the most dignified, this could be a great opportunity to clean up a rather ugly ending.
Please understand that nothing isn’t official until its been formally announced, and this is all piecing together an undone puzzle. But when the writing is on the wall, you can’t help but point out the obvious, and these signs all point to a possible return. We, along with the rest of the world will keep our eyes open, because if this does happen, we do not want to miss out on “Who’s Next”?
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports