Along with Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg was perhaps the most talked about and controversial athlete in the modern era of WWE. The 54-year-old from Tulsa, inducted into the Hall of Fame three years ago, has racked up several records during his long career, as well as being recognized as the first undefeated world champion in professional wrestling history.
Between 1997 and 1998, he remained undefeated for a total of 456 days, having won all 155 matches played in that time span (although WCW has 173). The four-time world champion has been involved in several high-profile matches since his return to the ring in 2016, a favored treatment of him that not everyone has enjoyed backstage.
In the course of a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, former Raw general manager Eric Bischoff expressed his judgment on Goldberg's decision to fight again in 2021. The former executive director of SmackDown had no sweet words towards Bill.
Eric Bischoff feels there is nothing wrong with Goldberg's approach
“No kidding: Goldberg is doing it only for the money. This is not a love of business or a desire to perform in front of the crowd. This is my thought.
Bill and I are not best friends, but we still have a good relationship. I know that maybe he could be offended, but I have to be honest with those who listen to me," he ruled. Bischoff said - if he had found himself in Goldberg's shoes - he too would have accepted a very high pay for a five-minute match.
“Anything can be said, except that Goldberg is not an intelligent person. If I had Bill's skills and they told me: 'We'll give you a seven-figure check to get in the ring for five minutes.' I wouldn't refuse it.
Let's be honest, nobody would. I believe that each of us would dream of receiving such an offer," he added. According to rumors, Goldberg's contract with WWE would only expire in 2023. WrestleMania 37 is less than a month away, yet the match card of the pay-per-view is pretty much up in the air.
So far, only two matches have officially been announced. The 2021 men's Royal Rumble winner Edge is set to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 37. That could change based upon the result of the Universal title match at Fastlane 2021 between Reigns and Daniel Bryan.
The second announced match will see the 2021 women's Royal Rumble winner Bianca Belair challenge SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks for her title.