Jim Ross checks in with a blog before WWE Wrestlemania 26:
on Bill Goldberg/WWE
Bill Goldberg reports that he is negotiating with WWE but my best guess is that it’s not about a return to the ring. Bill is a smart entrepreneur and the former Tulsa Edison and University of Georgia football star likely is looking at doing a marketing deal with WWE that might include video games, possible WWE HOF Induction next year in Atlanta, and merchandise sales. It sounds like a win/win for both parties. I really don’t know what the potential deal is as I found out about it from reading the internet which reported Goldberg’s Twitter statement. Nonetheless after being involved in several of these type deals, I can see where both parties can benefit from an arrangement. Goldberg gets the opportunity to earn additional cash without putting his body thru hell and he gets some nice exposure for his various TV vehicles. The WWE could monetize Goldberg’s likeness in a variety of ways. Is it possible for Goldberg to come back and perform in a “farewell bout” in the Georgia Dome next year at WM27? It’s possible one has to assume.
on Brock Lesnar at UFC 111
Nice move by UFC to have Brock Lesnar appear at UFC 111 this Saturday night to set the stage for his return to the Octagon against the winner of the Frank Mir-Shane Carwin co-main event in Newark, N.J. It will be interesting to see what promotional opportunities are created for the post fight, lock of a confrontation of some sort. Most MMA fans want to see Mir-Lesnar 3 but Carwin will have significant things to say about that matter in the form of doing all he can to beat the Hell out of the talkative albeit talented Mir Saturday night.
on Bret Hart/Wrestlemania 26
On a side note, it will likely not set in to many fans that Bret Hart’s last match is very, very likely this Sunday at WM26. I just cannot see any way Bret steps back into the ring as an active competitor after this Sunday on PPV. It seems like this fact has been down played somewhat which I understand but don’t personally agree with from a promotional point of view.
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