March 23, 2003

HE'S A BIG JEW: According

HE'S A BIG JEW: According to Dave Meltzer, Bill Goldberg will finally make his return to the world of wrestling, signing a contract with WWE after nearly a year of negotiations. A former NFL player and lifelong observant Jew, Goldberg burst onto the scene five years ago in WCW, putting together a "fictional" winning streak of nearly 200 matches and capturing the imagination of a whole generation of wrestling fans, Jewish and not (I was a counselor at a Jewish camp in the summer of '98, and Goldberg was every Jewish boy's hero, as Sandy Koufax was for the Jewish boys of my father's generation). Goldberg's largely been invisible since WCW went under in 2001, mostly wrestling in Japan, though he did make one memorable guest appearance on the '01 "Hannukah Special" of "The Man Show."
Goldberg is expected to debut as soon as next week's Wrestlemania, and could be just what the doctor ordered for WWE, which hasn't been in the greatest of shape the last couple years, and is now about to lose Hulk Hogan to retirement, The Rock (possibly permanently) to Hollywood, and Kurt Angle (also possibly permanently) to a neck injury.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 23, 2003 09:13 PM
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