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“Vince McMahon and I Had a Handshake Understanding” – Bill Goldberg Claims He Was Promised Proper Retirement Match after Roman Reigns Feud

Rishabh Singh

Bill Goldberg retirement match

Bill Goldberg has been making the rounds due to Tony Khan’s interest in signing the wrestling legend to AEW. The former World Champion had a rather abrupt ending to his career in WWE. Although Da Man enjoyed another run as the top Champion, he wasn’t given a proper farewell match, which he claims was promised to him by Vince McMahon. 

In 2016, Goldberg returned to wrestling for the first time in 12 years. WWE capitalized on his return and pitted him against his old rival, Brock Lesnar. Their match at WrestleMania 20 was not well-received by the fans. And so, the duo faced each other twice again.

After his feud with Brock Lesnar ended, Da Man had many more noteworthy matches in the Stamford-based company. However, the 56-year-old feels he deserves a proper farewell. 

Bill Goldberg claims Vince McMahon failed to keep his promise of giving him a retirement match

At 56, Goldberg feels he has one more match to offer to the WWE Universe before hanging up his boots. While speaking on 93.7 The Ticket, the Hall of Famer addressed the rumors surrounding the hype about his return to wrestling.

According to him, he had an agreement with Vince McMahon that after his last bout with Roman Reigns, he’d have a proper retirement match. However, the match never materialized. Bill is looking to cap off his career with a decent sendoff match. 

 “The reason why these rumors are out there is because Vince McMahon and I had a handshake understanding that after the Roman Reigns match, I would have a proper retirement match. That hasn’t come to fruition through them … and nobody puts a stamp on my career. Nobody tells me when I’m done. Period. End of story.”

He further added that his character deserved the respect of being given the sendoff that it deserves. He said-

“I do believe that my character deserves a proper sendoff. And until that happens, I don’t believe I’m hanging them up,”

Let’s not forget, Goldberg’s free-agent status has piqued the interest of Tony Khan. Khan recently stated that AEW is observing Bill Goldberg’s next move.

We don’t if AEW has already gotten in touch with Bill but, watching him wrestling in WWE, somehow seems unlikely at this point. Either way, Goldberg is staying relentless until he performs for one last time. 

Goldberg recently threatened to wrestle in Israel if WWE did not offer him a farewell match

Bill Goldberg had been frequently used in Saudi Arabia since his return to WWE. In fact, he wrestled his last match at Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia last year. The wrestling legend even won his second Universal Championship in the country. 

While speaking with Sports Illustrated, Goldberg stated that if WWE does not offer him the retirement match that he deserves, he would wrestle in Israel. 

At the end of the day, at 56, it’s not something where I’m sitting by the phone waiting for a call. I’ve got a few ideas of how to do it on my own, possibly in Israel. So never say never.”

It’s also worth noting that Goldberg belongs to the Jew heritage. Since WWE is in a long-term deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this was a clear shot taken at Saudi Arabia’s strained relationship with Israel.

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Rishabh Singh

Rishabh Singh


Rishabh has been a pro wrestling aficionado for two decades. As a gullible seven-year-old kid he believed that his dad could only be defeated by The Undertaker. His love for pro wrestling is visible in his writing. Over the years, he took inspiration from his favorite wrestling icons and adopted fitness lifestyle. He is a big proponent of exercise. Besides that, he is a movement coach, a Steelmaceflow artist, and a Krav Maga instructor.

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