Goldberg makes his return with sight on the fight with Bobby Lashley.
Goldberg, a WWE Hall of Famer, returned to Monday Night Raw this week to announce his candidacy to challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship. Before the former Universal Champion’s music, Lashley defeated a returning Keith Lee in an open challenge non-title match. He then marched up to the world champion and exclaimed, “I’m next!” Goldberg was last seen at the Royal Rumble, where he lost in less than three minutes to then-WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.
Goldberg’s return was first reported late last week, with reports stating he’d be back for a SummerSlam match against Lashley next month. John Cena confirmed earlier in the night that the show’s main event would feature him defending the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns.
Prior to his match with McIntyre, Goldberg addressed some of the controversy surrounding his booking in recent years — most notably when he defeated The Fiend in under a minute to win the Universal Championship in early 2020 in Saudi Arabia.
“Again, Ryan, at the end of the day, I have a job. I am asked to perform, and I make no judgments about it “In a January interview with FOX Sports’ Ryan Satin, Goldberg stated. “I’m not concerned with the outcome. I’m not concerned with who wins. I’m not concerned with who loses. At the end of the day, I’m there to provide a service, which I always do with a smile. Additionally, I am not a booker. I am not the one who makes the decisions. I truly do not. I simply come in and provide “that guy,” and in a situation like that, the only thing I can do is be the best package they remember.”
While Lashley attempted to challenge the WCW legend, he was rebuffed by MVP. Porter later revealed in a backstage interview that the two refused to acknowledge Goldberg’s challenge.
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