On a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, WCW Legend Eric Bischoff shared his thoughts about Bill Goldberg’s plans of doing a retirement tour, that he plans to set up on his own, given the circumstances that he hasn’t signed a new contract with WWE since last year and AEW owner Tony Khan hasn’t come to any form of agreement with Goldberg either (at least not yet).
Here’s what Eric had to say:
“I don’t know the details of it, so it’s hard to really have an opinion. Couple of scenarios. One scenario is he’s working with an established, credible, well-funded tour promoter. That can execute on that.
If that’s the case and Bill’s got a roster of people that he likes being around that like working with Bill and are anxious to do that to him, I think it could be fantastic.
Especially going to places like, you know, I’d like. If I could afford it, I’d fly to Jerusalem to see that match. You know what I mean? That’s cool. I like that. Again, if he’s got the right promoter, if it’s really well funded and they’ve managed their expectations. And he’s got the right roster to follow him around the globe. Have at it.
If he’s doing it, and I imagine he’s doing it for fun, he may want to take his son. You know on that tour his wife and son and be a part of that one last time.”
When asked if he would get involved in Goldberg’s retirement tour, Bischoff said:
“I think it could be really good. I think it can also be a f**king nightmare. I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole, but that’s just me, you know Bill, again, it all depends on the critical issue.
Does he have the right promoting partner? Involved with the right promoter and that’s why I said well funded as well as experience with the right connections. Manage your expectations going into that, because you don’t have, there’s so many variables.
There’s a lot of variables you don’t have any control over when you’re promoting here in the United States with the company that you’ve been working with for a long time. There’s always variables.
There’s travel, there’s a million things that could go wrong, injuries and creative issues. But once you step away from that and now you’re putting everything in the hands of people that you’ve never worked with before. Just be really, really thorough and be really careful because there’s so many variables you have no control over that can go bad in a hurry.”
Goldberg performed for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling from 1997 until 2001, including 1 reign as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, before working for Vince McMahon’s WWE from 2003 to 2004, also including 1 reign as World Heavyweight Champion.
Bill eventually returned in 2016 and has been used a so called part-timer / special attraction until his WWE contract expired in 2022.
He wrestled his last match to date, when he unsuccessfully challenged Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at the WWE Elimination Chamber 2022 pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia.
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