Goldberg: McMahon Denied Promised WWE Retirement Match

WWE icon Goldberg voices discontent over broken promises.

by Noman Rasool
Goldberg: McMahon Denied Promised WWE Retirement Match
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During his recent guest appearance on "Steve & Captain Evil: The Podcast," Goldberg candidly spoke about an agreement he had with McMahon. This agreement came into play after Goldberg faced Roman Reigns at the 2022 Elimination Chamber event in Saudi Arabia.

Goldberg shared that he battled COVID-19 before the match, requiring considerable effort to regain fitness. Despite his dedication, McMahon reportedly reneged on his promise. Goldberg compared McMahon to UFC President Dana White, acknowledging him as a pivotal figure in the industry.

"Vince is like Dana White. He's the big boss and he makes everything happen. In all honesty, he gave me the opportunity to put my wife and my son on the front row and gave me the ability to perform again in front of them. So, I owe him everything," he expressed.

However, Goldberg's tone shifted as he recounted the events leading up to the Saudi Arabia match. He detailed a personal request to McMahon: "I remember calling him from my house and I said, 'Listen, here is the deal. I'll do it if you give me a retirement match.'


Goldberg's Broken Deal

Despite agreeing to McMahon's request and overcoming his health challenges, Goldberg noted that McMahon did not uphold his end of the bargain. The wrestling legend, who was 56 at the time, highlighted the physical and mental challenges he faced, especially after recovering from COVID-19.

"I put myself in a horribly shi*ty situation to get what I wanted to, but to satiate him and to give him what he wanted. Problem is he never held up his bargain." Goldberg's final comments were stark and unfiltered regarding his current view of McMahon: "Vince is a piece of sh*t as far as I'm concerned." Earlier this year, Goldberg hinted at a potential retirement match in Israel, stirring fan interest.

His last official WWE match was against Reigns, where he was defeated by the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion via submission. This revelation adds a new layer to the storied career of Goldberg, a figure who has left an indelible mark on professional wrestling.