WWE legend Bill Goldberg will be the first inductee into the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame, it was announced today.
The 51-year-old former WWE and WCW Champion was one of the most recognisable faces of the Attitude era, and made his WWE return in late October 2016, following a 12 year absence.
After being announced as featuring in a WWE videogame, Goldberg appeared on ESPN, and subtly hinted at a wrestling return.
Fans didn’t have long to wait until they saw their former hero back in the ring, for Goldberg appeared on Raw later that month to set up a Survivor Series showdown with old rival Brock Lesnar.
Goldberg’s first WWE match in 12 years was spectacular, as he needed just 84 seconds to defeat Brock Lesnar in the main event.
And Goldberg’s story was far from over. After competing in the 2017 Royal Rumble, Goldberg destroyed Kevin Owens in 21 seconds to become the new Universal Champion at Fastlane in March.
Though his title reign would only last until Wrestlemania 33 the following month when he lost to Brock Lesnar in a short, but gripping match.
‘Goldberg’s unique athleticism, persona and intensity captured the imagination of sports entertainment fans around the world throughout his illustrious career,” said Paul Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative.
‘We are honoured to have Goldberg take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.’
With Goldberg not having formally retired from the ring, could we see the shaven headed Superstar return for one more match at Wrestlemania 34, the day after the Hall of Fame ceremony?