World Wrestling Entertainment is heading into its 1,000th episode of Raw with a very thin roster. The WWE is in need of star power after losing its biggest names to injuries and suspensions. Though some stars, including Chris Jericho, made their returns, the company continues to operate with a roster that is young.
That may change, as it's being reported that Ric Flair (per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Gather.com) and Bill Goldberg (per PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com) could make their way back to the WWE.
Flair is way past his prime. He is 63 years old and nowhere near his wrestling days of the WCW or his early run in the WWE. However, he has shown in TNA Wrestling that he could still continue to appear in occasional matches playing the role of leading a wrestling stable or being a manager.
Meanwhile, Goldberg is 45 years old. He has not wrestled in the ring for many years, and his first run with the WWE was unmemorable. According to the report, Goldberg had contact with Brock Lesnar about a potential feud.
Is the move to get Flair and Goldberg back in the WWE a good decision for the company?
Flair would provide WWE with a terrific choice for a general manager of either Raw or SmackDown. He could also be used as an effective heel manager for a rising star such as Dolph Ziggler. Though many would most likely not want to see him wrestle, Flair could have another match for the WWE.
As for Goldberg, he could be an important spark to making a storyline gain steam. Flair and Goldberg could also bring in more viewers who stopped watching wrestling after the landscape changed in the 2000s.
WWE is on thin ice at the moment. It needs more star power, because its talent roster has not made any monumental impact.
Sure, there is John Cena. However, he can not carry the WWE on his shoulders every week. Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio are both marketable wrestlers but have been in trouble with the WWE.
In the end, Flair and Goldberg would spark new interest. The question is, would it just be short-term?