As many suspected he would be, Goldberg has officially been announced as the headliner for the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class.
Between now and WrestleMania is the busiest time of year for WWE. It has been since the first installment of The Showcase of the Immortals all the way back in 1985. This year is a pretty big few months in particular with the first ever women's Royal Rumble match plus Raw's 25th anniversary now only just a week away with a bumper show planned.
Another big component on the road to WrestleMania is the gradual announcement of who will make up this year's WWE Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony takes place on the Friday night before The Show of Shows and there is always speculation as to who exactly will be and deserves to be inducted. Well, you won't need to speculate anymore about who will be the headline act for this year's class.
That man is Goldberg. The former Universal Champion has been rumored to be an inductee this year and finally, the cat is out of the bag. As has become the norm in recent years WWE let a major news outlet break the story on their behalf, and it was ESPN who did the honors on Monday morning.
The WCW icon made a shock comeback to in-ring competition in 2016 when he challenged Brock Lesnar to a match at Survivor Series. Goldberg then shocked the world again when he managed to defeat The Beast Incarnate in 90 seconds. From that point on, Goldberg started to fall in love with an industry that he previously didn't really care for, despite it making him a household name during the late 1990s. Clearly, he was a changed man from the one we knew during his first run and he made that plain for all to see.
Although it wasn't his short comeback run that has warranted him a place in the WWE Hall of Fame, it will have certainly made current fans more accepting of the fact. Goldberg never hid the fact that he wasn't a huge fan of the business and a lot of people resented him for that. The Goldberg we saw during his comeback run is one that not only deserves a place in the Hall of Fame, but most fans will welcome him with open arms.