Goldberg Announces He Will Enter WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Match

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2016

12 Jun 1998:  Bill Goldberg looks on during the WCW Bash at the Beach at the Cox Arena in San Diego, California. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch  /Allsport
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Bill Goldberg announced Monday his intention to compete in the Royal Rumble match on Jan. 29, 2017.

WWE's official Twitter account shared Goldberg's comments about desiring one more crack at a world title:

The news comes one night after Goldberg's shocking win over Brock Lesnar. In the span of 86 seconds, he dispatched the Beast Incarnate with two Spears and a Jackhammer. It was one of the most decisive beatdowns at a major pay-per-view since Lesnar defeated John Cena at SummerSlam 2014.

WhatCulture's Adam Pacitti joked that some fans may be collecting a nice payday in the coming months:

The Royal Rumble is a wise way to use Goldberg following Survivor Series.

WWE could've had him wrestle at Roadblock: End of the Line in December, but it's rare for special attractions such as Goldberg and Lesnar to show up for the more minor pay-per-views. By waiting until the Rumble, WWE is saving Goldberg for a far bigger stage while also allowing him more time to train in the ring.

The Rumble match will also help cover up his deficiencies as a grappler. Even in his prime, Goldberg was never a ring technician, and there's little reason to expect anything different considering he turns 50 in a little over a month.

In the Rumble match, Goldberg can entertain fans without having to do too much heavy lifting.

More importantly, the Royal Rumble can provide a solid storytelling device to set up the inevitable third match between Goldberg and Lesnar.

Having now beaten Lesnar twice, Goldberg has little incentive to agree to another bout. However, his mindset would change if Lesnar were to him an opportunity to wrestle for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33.

It would be a somewhat ironic turn of events since Goldberg played a direct role in costing Lesnar the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2004, setting up their clash at WrestleMania XX.

Although Goldberg's first run with WWE underwhelmed a number of fans, the company has corrected course following his return.

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