Confirming what had been expected, WWE announced this morning that Goldberg will be inducted into their Hall of Fame over WrestleMania 34 weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“At the end of the day, any business, any venture that you embark upon, you want some type of acknowledgment,” Goldberg told ESPN.com. “You always try to make it to a top. There’s no reason to do anything unless you want to be the best.”
Goldberg returned to WWE television for the first time in nearly 13 years towards the end of 2016. His in-ring return came after he was chosen to be the cover star of that year’s video game, and things went better for Goldberg this time around than they did during his initial stint with the company in 2003 and 2004. He beat Brock Lesnar in his first match back, then their program continued until WrestleMania as Goldberg dropped the Universal Championship to him.
Goldberg cut a post-show promo on the Raw after WrestleMania where he didn’t close the door on stepping back into the ring. Before his WWE stints, he was the last true superstar that WCW produced.
Dave Meltzer had confirmed in the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Goldberg would be the headliner for this year’s Hall of Fame class and wrote that the announcement was expected to be made soon. Goldberg being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year was first reported by freelance journalist Brad Shepard on Twitter.
The 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Smoothie King Center on Friday, April 6th.