WWE Reportedly Considering Undertaker vs. Goldberg For Wrestlemania 33
Bill Goldberg has yet to have his match with Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, yet WWE is already looking ahead to using Goldberg again.
According to Forbes contributor Anthony DiMoro, WWE is considering running The Undertaker vs. Goldberg at WrestleMania 33, with Goldberg headlining the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class on the eve of the big show. However, this is all predicated on Goldberg agreeing to extend his contract, since he is currently signed to a one-match deal.
However, even if Goldberg is open to signing, he’s got competition for that spot against The Undertaker, as Sting is also reportedly pushing hard for the match. Sting vs. The Undertaker has long been one of the dream matches fans have been clamoring for in recent years, but Sting’s career-ending injury last year, and his subsequent retirement this year, has made it unlikely WWE will ever clear him for another match again.
Although a photo of The Undertaker on crutches following hip surgery went viral on social media in the past week, sources claim WWE is fully expecting The Phenom to wrestle at WrestleMania 33, and that he’s already thrown out a few suggestions of his own for who he would face.
For my money, I would love to see Taker face off with AJ Styles, since I think Styles is one of the few high-profile talents on the main roster right now who could get a match out of him that would match the quality of his Streak matches from Wrestlemanias 23-29. Seth Rollins would be another, as would John Cena, who’d add a big fight feel to the match, considering his presence in the match alone would have the crowd whipped into a damn frenzy. Basically, there are a lot of options for The Undertaker, and many of them are probably better than a Goldberg match would be.
First of all, we don’t really know what kind of ring shape Goldberg is going to be in until we see him at Survivor Series. I mean, does WWE really want to risk putting someone as injury-prone as The Undertaker in the ring with a guy who’s got twelve years of ring rust? I also get the feeling that a Goldberg/Undertaker match would increase the likelihood that Goldberg would be put over Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, which I think is the wrong move for long-term business, especially if Goldberg isn’t going to lay down for anyone on the main roster. Of course, you could make the same argument about Lesnar not putting over anyone on the main roster, but at least with Lesnar being under a long-term contract, you could bring him in to have him job to a main roster star without having to go through the rigmarole you’d probably have to go through to get Goldberg to sign on for another match. The rub Lesnar could give to, say, a Shinsuke Nakamura or a Samoa Joe would be worth its weight in gold, especially if either of those men becomes the first person to pin Lesnar since he ended The Streak.
But hey, this is all speculation at this point. This time last year, no one really had any idea what The Undertaker would be doing at Wrestlemania. John Cena was one of the prevailing rumors at the time, but nothing was set in stone. I think if you’d said The Undertaker would end up facing Shane McMahon, of all people, you’d have been sent to have your head checked. But now? It’s really anyone’s guess what The Undertaker will be up to. That said, I wouldn’t discount Dave Meltzer’s sources that WWE really is considering Taker/Goldberg. It just seems like the kind of match WWE would love to do.
What do you think? Should The Undertaker vs. Goldberg take place at Wrestlemania 33? Or should The Undertaker face a different opponent? If so, whom? Sound off in the comments!
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