The worst kept secret in wrestling was confirmed on this week’s (July 19th) edition of Raw when Bill Goldberg made his return to WWE to confront WWE Champion Bobby Lashley.
The return, which had been heavily rumoured for the last week came after Lashley had defended his title against another returning star after an open challenge midway through the episode.
Goldberg quite simply got in Lashley’s face to mouth is customary ‘I’m Next’ line and presumably set up this first-time match for WWE SummerSlam on Saturday August 21st.
Whilst undoubtedly an attraction to casual fans, seasoned wrestling followers were not enthusiastic about this potential match, with Goldberg perceived to have outstayed his welcome as a credible main event attraction.
To be fair to the former WCW Champion, he looked to be in significantly better condition than his most recent match when he faced then WWE Champion Drew McIntyre in a losing effort at January’s Royal Rumble event.
At that show, Goldberg looked every inch his 54 years, even wrestling in loose fitting long shorts rather than his customary short trunks. His famed aura was significantly diminished at that event. Here’s hoping it will return ahead of the match set to take place at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.