Why Vince McMahon was so indecisive about signing Goldberg to WWE

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Now that Goldberg is in the Hall of Fame, he has officially cemented his status as one of the greatest superstars that has competed in WWE with some memorable feuds, despite not being part of the organisation for a great deal of time.

Goldberg’s latest stint ranged from Survivor Series, where he shockingly defeated Brock Lesnar in quick fashion, right through to WrestleMania 33 where The Beast finally got his revenge.


The one regret WWE or the fans might have is not seeing Goldberg enough in the company. When he arrived after WrestleMania XIX, he only stuck around for one year where he went up against the likes of The Rock, Triple H and his first encounter with Lesnar in a forgettable match at WrestleMania XX.

However, his whole career could have been very different. In fact, he might have never been a Hall of Famer in the first place had Vince McMahon changed his mind for good.

When speaking on Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, Prichard revealed that Vince continued to change his mind regularly about signing Goldberg as he didn’t want to commit to a full-time schedule.

However, his excitement at signing him meant he eventually caved in, despite souring on the idea numerous times. In the end, he couldn’t fight his desire to sign someone who proved to be a big part of WCW and, eventually, a memorable part of WWE.


According to Wrestling Inc, Prichard said: “There were a few things, but I don’t even know what the hell they were.

“There would be times where we would be hot on Goldberg and ideas of him vs The Rock. When it reached a point where we didn’t have him for the Royal Rumble and we had WrestleMania all pencilled in, and it is good to go, now we are in post-WrestleMania mode. Okay, so, when we are going to do this how are we going to do this?

“Vince McMahon is like, ‘I need Bill Goldberg stuff, I need Bill Goldberg stuff,’ and then it was like, ‘F**k Goldberg.’ So, every time something came up, Vince would then check out on him. It would be something about if we didn’t have him full-time and if they were not willing to work dates, then I don’t want him.

“At the same time, Vince McMahon’s feeling is that if he can just get Bill Goldberg into this environment, then it’s like, you know what, maybe I can get him to love pro wrestling. Maybe I can get him to love WWF. Then, he will be ours and will love it here and would want to do stuff.”

Fans are clearly going to have their own views on whether Vince made the right decision by pursuing Goldberg, or whether he should have ended his interest once it became clear he didn’t want to work full-time, especially since it was clear that he wasn’t enjoying what he was doing.

Still, the fact that he was able to return and potentially end the career in the way he did overshadows the negativity of his first run.

What do you make of Vince McMahon originally souring on the idea of signing Goldberg Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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