Believe what you want about the likelihood Goldberg was going to sign with AEW or not but a recent report suggests WWE may have signed the Hall of Famer for the June 7 Saudi Arabia show to keep him from All Elite Wrestling.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reportedly approached Goldberg for the show, (because they bring back legendary names for shows like this) and they knew that if AEW was going to make a splash, Goldberg is a name they might call. There was no indication AEW was actually going to do so but Vince didn’t want to take any chances and see a repeat of what happened in the 1990s when Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Roddy Piper all jumped to WCW.
There’s no word yet on who Goldberg will face in Saudi Arabia, but a Lesnar vs. Goldberg vs. Undertaker match has been rumored. A Triple Threat like this could hide some of the ring rust that would be expected.
As one might guess, Goldberg is rumored to be making huge money for the appearance or appearances leading up to the show. Most are guessing more than seven figures were tossed his way.
Randy Orton joked about Goldberg’s pay for the Saudi Arabia show saying, “There goes another $2 million.” Hard to imagine he’s making that much for one appearance but with what WWE is being paid to do these shows, it’s not impossible.
What This Means
Long term, this is not the answer to any of WWE’s problems. Their sinking ratings and lackluster shows are more about poor writing and inconsistent ideas than it is any one big-name legend who rarely wrestles anyway.
So too, these Saudi shows are, for the most part, throw-away shows for WWE in terms of fan buildup and ratings. The WWE Universe has come to learn these are nothing more than glorified house shows with huge sets.