- We noted last month that Seth Rollins, Ryback and King Barrett would be hosting five custom-designed hour-long training sessions during the current WWE European tour. Wrestling Inc. correspondent Scott H. noted that Cesaro has been replacing Rollins for his sessions following Rollins' injury last week.
- Donald Wood has an article at Forbes about why WWE should bring Bill Goldberg back for WrestleMania 32. When I spoke to Goldberg earlier this year, he noted that it would take "a hell of a lot of money" for him to return to the ring.
"A hell of a lot of money," Goldberg said. "One hell of a sit-down meeting with me about the complete details of how they plan on doing it. With the option on the table of me doing it myself, that's pretty nice.
"It's kind of funny that guys like me who had the balls to say something about the WWE through the years, and their treatment, and they sound like they're crying or b---hing or moaning," Goldberg said later in the interview. "People want to look down on them like they're crying. It's pretty funny how that crap is coming true. All of that stuff I've been saying for the past 10-15 years is coming true. Anybody who's never listened to me can kiss my ass (laughs). It's just speaking the truth. I don't have any ill will with them. They just don't know how to do business, their ego gets in the way. They're a successful company, they always have been and they always will be, but they could be a lot more successful."
- Legend of Wrestling promoter Louis "Uncle Louie" Gregory, who is also Goldberg's business advisor, sent us the following op-ed regarding the Forbes story on Goldberg.
The Gold(berg) Standard remains Strong
by Louis "Uncle Louie" Gregory
This week Forbes published an article that's "on the money" about Bill Goldberg and the WWE, literally.
As a member of Team Goldberg, I couldn't have wished for a more succinct and factual write up; not to mention it being in a well respected and mainstream publication like Forbes.
There are lot's of moving parts to the man that fans chant "Goldberg...Goldberg...Goldberg" for.
Years of diligence and perseverance. Protecting his brand; a name that has become sought after the world around. Constantly reinventing himself and finding unilateral success on multiple platforms. Believe me, those are not easy things to accomplish. All while remaining a real life role model and portraying a steadfast resolve to respect women, teach children the right lessons and honor the troops. There is nothing fake or flashy about the Goldberg character or Goldberg the man. What you see is what you get.
I remain optimistic that the time will come for big Bill's return to the ring but I am realistic in my acceptance that it will be when the time is right and when the planets align. I have to believe the planets are as close to aligning as they ever have been. But will they click into place?
Forbes hit the proverbial nail on the head, dead center. As a publicly traded company, the question of WWE profitability beckons and hesitation impacts potential profitability which directly and adversely impacts the bottom line if not acted on.
Business decisions cannot or should not be made with pride or emotions. That's a lesson I have learned the hard way. There must be a balance of cost vs. revenue, fan reaction and how a decision can impact the future. Those are the questions that WWE should be asking itself while considering a future return of Goldberg. Time to break out the jackhammer and break through the past. That's the only way the fans of today will get to see what a real Spear looks like!