Since making his long-awaited return to the WWE, Bill Goldberg has been on a warpath that is eerily reminiscent of his incredible undefeated run in WCW. The stark difference in the two runs is the amount of matches and time that Goldberg has spent in the ring. Goldberg notched over 100 straight wins while in WCW, and the trail of destruction that he left behind was unparalleled. As it stands, Goldberg has only competed in two matches during his current tenure with the WWE, and he has only been tasked with performing a few moves per match. It is curious to see things unfold this way. On one hand, I can understand why the WWE is letting him take it slow. Goldberg is much older now, and the WWE may be trying to get him readjusted to the ring. On the other hand, it’s disappointing to see Goldberg shed virtually any resistance in his matches. He has yet to take a real bump, and fans might be wondering why that is.
In order to generate more interest in his matches, the WWE will have to make sure that Goldberg gets to a point where he is able to sustain damage while in the ring. If they can reach this, Goldberg will be in an incredible position to compete in matches with some interesting performers. The WWE is ripe with talent, and the return of Finn Balor is a huge addition for the company. Goldberg is set to compete at WrestleMania, and the world is wondering if it will be another blowout victory or if Goldberg will finally take some damage.
Nevertheless, Goldberg returning to form would be great for the WWE. Dream matches are often tossed around and never realized, leaving fans always wondering what could have been. I was a massive fan of Goldberg in the 1990s, and seeing him back in the ring has been a treat. But, in order to fully capitalize on his current run, the WWE might want to look into booking some of the potentially amazing matches.
15. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle and Bill Goldberg are some of the biggest names to have ever competed in professional wrestling. They have incredibly impressive athletic backgrounds, and the two are responsible for putting on some fantastic matches over the years. It is curious that the two have never locked horns in the WWE. It’s something that I have always wanted to see, and something that the fans would be more than happy to watch. The two respected legends finally tangling could be WrestleMania worthy, but there a number of factors working against this.
Currently, Angle is not competing in the WWE, and that is really the biggest detracting factor here. Rumors often swirl of what seems to be an inevitable return, but nothing has come to fruition. Until then, this match is nothing more than a dream. But, if Angle were to return, seeing those two in the ring would be a sight to behold.
14. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe finally making his way into the WWE was something that fans had been dying to see for years. Outside of the promotion, Samoa Joe had spent his career making a huge name for himself, and making wrestling fans worldwide stare in awe at his talent. I was shocked when he was finally brought over into NXT, and Joe wasted no time in making a name there. Recently, Joe was called up to the main roster just after the Royal Rumble. Many fans were hoping to see Joe appear in the Royal Rumble, but we had no such luck. We’re all just glad that he’s finally right where he belongs.
Seeing Samoa Joe take on Goldberg would be a fans dream come true. Joe possesses a talent that few have, and his ability to dish out and take punishment is highly regarded. But, as it stands now, the match would go the way of Goldberg’s match at Fastlane, and it would be a dud. Goldberg has a ways to go to reach peak performance, and when he does, a match with Samoa Joe would be great.
13. Seth Rollins
There’s no question that Seth Rollins is one of the most versatile performers in the WWE. He catapulted himself to the top of the roster, and has held several prestigious belts in the WWE. His matches have been breathtaking, and his title win at WrestleMania was both sneaky and satisfying. Rollins weaseled his way to the top, and it seemed that nothing could stop him. Sadly, Rollins has dealt with a rash of injuries that have kept him sidelined, much to the dismay of wrestling fans. When he’s healthy, Rollins is a force, and would make a worthy opponent for Goldberg.
Rollins appears to be on the bench for the foreseeable future, so I wouldn’t expect anything to come of this. While it would be great to see Rollins and Goldberg go head-to-head in the WWE, there seem to be way too many things working against this potentially great match. Hopefully Rollins is able to make a timely recovery and return to the WWE in the near future.
12. Braun Strowman
Each era of wrestling brings about gigantic men who are virtually impossible to take down. Currently, Braun Strowman has been terrorizing opponents and establishing himself as one of the biggest and baddest dudes in the WWE. But, no matter how big and bad you are, there is always someone lurking around the corner that has your number, and Goldberg could very well be that guy for Braun Strowman. It is well documented that Goldberg’s fabled streak in WCW came to a screeching halt by Kevin Nash who was the both big and bad. Wouldn’t it be nice for Goldberg to slay this era’s big guy, and put on a great match?
Currently, Strowman has been wrapped up in duels with Roman Reigns, though their beef could be coming to a close soon. Braun is steadily improving in the ring, and seeing him get taken out by a jackknife powerbomb would be amazing.
11. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose is one of the most fearless performers in the WWE, and the man is willing to go toe-to-toe with anyone on the roster. It should come as no surprise to those who have seen his old matches while in CZW. Those matches are as brutal as any that you can find on the internet, and Ambrose quickly became a hardcore legend. His performance at this year’s Elimination Chamber was excellent, despite the fact that he wound up losing the match. Ambrose is a game opponent for anyone on the roster, and a match with Goldberg is guaranteed fireworks.
Out of most of the matches that will appear on this list, this is one that I’m quite confident won’t happen. Ambrose is incredibly popular, but I can’t imagine him ever stepping foot in the ring and competing against Goldberg. I don’t see Goldberg leaving WrestleMania with a belt, and, if he continues to perform, I’d imagine that the WWE will seek a different opponent than Ambrose.
10. AJ Styles
There are very few performers in the world that are able to deliver high-quality matches on a consistent basis like AJ Styles. Regardless of the match type or the opponent in front of him, Styles is quite possibly the best wrestler on the planet, and he could be an interesting opponent for Goldberg. While I’m sure the I’m not the only person that thinks that Styles should be headlining WrestleMania, and string of matches with Goldberg would be huge for his stock, and would make Styles an even bigger name than her already is. Seeing Goldberg put him over would catalyze a major shift in the company.
For now, this, much like a match-up with Dean Ambrose, seems like something that the WWE will steer clear from. Styles authored an amazing 2016 campaign, and he has already competed in some highly-regarded matches this year. The man is dynamite in the ring, so maybe that’s why the WWE will avoid this. He’s a smaller wrestler, and seeing Goldberg lose to a much smaller man could give him a bad look.
9. Finn Balor
Finn Balor’s return to the WWE couldn’t have come at a better time for the company. We are only a few weeks out from WrestleMania, and Balor’s potential inclusion on the card should have fans grinning from ear-to-ear. Much like Styles and Rollins, Balor is an incredible performer, and he is an instant upgrade over virtually any other match that will happen at WrestleMania. While it’s unclear who Balor will be facing at the promotion’s biggest event, there is no doubt that Balor will be looking to quickly gain his bearings and put on a show.
Balor is an interesting opponent for Goldberg, and he’s one that the WWE should strongly consider. Goldberg’s legacy is as impressive as any others, so I’d hope that the WWE can use that to their advantage in putting over another performer. Similar to Styles and Rollins, Balor is another breed of athlete, and has already notched some impressive hardware. Goldberg putting him over could do wonders for his career.
8. Bray Wyatt
At Elimination Chamber, Wyatt finally achieved the sport’s most coveted prize, and began a title reign that will see him headline WrestleMania against Randy Orton. While I think that Wyatt taking on AJ Styles would have been a much better match, Orton and Wyatt have built up a pretty solid angle, and I’m expecting the two performers to put on a show in April. Wyatt’s climb to the top of the promotion had a number of bumps in the road, but fans finally got to see the Eater of Worlds strike gold. If he were to secure a victory at WrestleMania, I think that a feud with Goldberg can do wonders for Wyatt.
This feud will only resonate with fans if Wyatt is successful at WrestleMania. If Wyatt leaves as champion, then Goldberg, fresh off of a defeat will look to take out Wyatt and claim the WWE throne for himself. Wyatt could knock off the legend, and he could become bigger than ever. If he loses, then we will have two reeling performers looking to try and recapture what they lost. In this scenario, I’d prefer the former.
7. The Miz
For the longest time, I’ve been someone who never really cared too much for The Miz. Sure, his persona could be funny at times, but he just never did it for me. Since the brand split, however, The Miz has been an absolute force on SmackDown, and he has come a long way in making me a fan of sorts. He played his part in the Elimination Chamber to perfection, and even eliminated a few performers. Unlike some of the other guys on this list, The Miz isn’t the most athletically gifted and isn’t considered one of the top guys on the roster. He is, however, a hot commodity, and some ring time with Goldberg would be pretty solid.
At this point, I’m not really sure what the WWE has in store for The Miz. He’s proven that he is capable of becoming the star of one of their brands, and has held titles in the past. While it may seem as though The Miz should be getting a pretty solid push, stranger things have happened.
6. John Cena
John Cena is easily the biggest star of his era, and he has seen and done it all in the WWE. He is on the heels of breaking one of the sport’s most coveted records, and is a bonafide future entrant in the WWE Hall of Fame. As one of the biggest names of his era, Goldberg has very little left to accomplish in the sport as well. A feud and future showdown between these two titans would have fans speechless, and of all the names on this list, Cena’s is the one who’s most likely to get a shot at Goldberg. Just imagine these two legends engaged in a full on slobber knocker at WrestleMania. It’s a fans dream, and is something that could eventually play out.
After this year’s WrestleMania, WWE writers will slowly lay out the plans for next year’s show, and this match could be a viable option. Cena versus Goldberg could sell out any stadium on the planet, and they could slowly build it up through this year. My money is on this match happening in one year’s time, assuming both stay healthy and continue competing.
5. Roman Reigns
Despite his lukewarm reception from fans, Roman Reigns continues to get huge bookings from the WWE, and they seem pretty adamant about making Reigns the next face of the company. He has the look, the strength, and has some great talent as well. Still, fans haven’t warmed up to the idea of Reigns being the guy that takes over, so they usually respond with boos when he enters the ring. The company took a lot of flak for having him be the last entrant in the Royal Rumble this year, as they were hoping for Samoa Joe. The WWE had a plan, and were able to smooth things out. While they continue to try and make Reigns the top guy, a booking against Goldberg could help him reach the top.
One thing that both men share in common is their use of the spear as a move to neutralize opponents. Reigns and Goldberg are former football players, so it’s fitting that they would include the spear in their repertoire. Much like a match against John Cena, this is another booking that could very well happen.
4. The Undertaker
The Undertaker will more than likely be competing in his last ever WrestleMania this year, and truth be told, I’m kind of disappointed in the match. Roman Reigns, as I mentioned earlier, continues to receive huge bookings from the WWE, and fans are often left wishing that someone else was getting a bigger push. If this proves to be Undertaker’s last WrestleMania, I would hope that the WWE finds a way of making this a more interesting match. Yes, Goldberg is booked to take on Brock Lesnar, but interference from him could set up a potential feud with either man. Considering that his career is coming to a close, I’d prefer it to be with The Undertaker.
The odds of this match happening are almost nonexistent, and that’s truly a shame. The Undertaker is one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, and a match against Goldberg would be the icing on the cake of a legendary career. For now, we will have to wait to see what happens at WrestleMania.
3. Daniel Bryan
I did say that this list was of potential dream matches, and a match between Daniel Bryan and Goldberg is exactly that. Prior to injuries that derailed an incredible career, Daniel Bryan was one of the best performers in the company, and had amassed a gigantic worldwide following. The undersized hero took down foes at will, and conquered the WWE. In his prime, Bryan was exactly what the company needed, and seeing him have to retire from competition was truly heartbreaking. If, by some sort of miracle, Bryan is able to return to action, seeing him take on Goldberg would be legendary.
Bryan being back in action would be huge for the company, and they would want to capitalize on the opportunity. Having Bryan take out a legend of the sport would further cement his legacy, and fans would eat it up. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we get to see Bryan in action one more time.
2. CM Punk
While Punk’s currently wrapped up in the world of mixed martial arts, fans spend every single day wishing that he would make a triumphant return to the WWE. Prior to his departure, Punk was an absolute force, but internal problems with the powers that be saw the talent leave to pursue his dreams elsewhere. I do applaud Punk for making the bold decision to do things his way, but I’m also incredibly selfish, and sincerely wish that he would make his way back sooner rather than later. Punk could instantly revitalize the WWE, and a showdown with Goldberg would be a moneymaker for the company.
It doesn’t seem likely that CM Punk will ever return to wrestling. Despite the Bullet Club offering Punk a spot in their stable, he seems happy with his current life, and I can’t fault him for living life on his terms. If he ever comes back, he will receive one of the loudest pops of all-time, and fans will rejoice.
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin
This is arguably the biggest match that never happened, and fans have been left wondering what could have been for far too long. When the WWE finally absorbed WCW, the company had a massive opportunity to put together blockbuster matches that would have gone down as all-time greats. Of those matches that failed to happen, this could very well be the biggest. Both men were the top performers in their companies, and a brawl between the two was the stuff that dreams are made of. Now that Goldberg is back, this prospect of this match still generates interest, and I would love to see it.
Realistically, this isn’t going to happen. Austin has been retired for years, and Goldberg may not be around for far too long. It’s hard to say how a match between the two would go these days, but that wouldn’t deter me from tuning in. Two of the best performers of all-time in the ring together is always worth the price of admission.