Bill Goldberg was paid very well to wrestle at various WWE Saudi Arabia events as questions remain about his wrestling future.
It is common knowledge over the past five years that WWE is paid very well to host two events in Saudi Arabia. It has been reported that WWE will get about $50 million for each of the two shows as part of an agreement that is expected to last about ten years.
One of the big names to wrestle at multiple WWE Saudi Arabia events is WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. The latest in the Hall of Famer is that his WWE deal has expired, but he has said he had a handshake deal with WWE’s Executive Chairman Vince McMahon over a retirement match. He also said he went on a “world tour” and promoted it himself, which is a possibility.
Some of the matches Goldberg had at WWE Saudi Arabia events included showdowns with The Undertaker which was not a good thing for anyone involved, a pretty good match with Bobby Lashley to end their rivalry and an Elimination Chamber 2022- match against Roman Reigns that was won by The Tribal Chief, of course.
There was also Super ShowDown in February 2020 when Goldberg “The Fiend” decimated Bray Wyatt in just over two minutes to become the WWE Universal Champion. It’s a match that did a lot of damage to The Fiend character, with some people saying he never really recovered from it.
While reporting on Goldberg’s potential wrestling future, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter mentioned that Goldberg received approximately $2 million for each of his WWE matches in Saudi Arabia.
“We do know that Gary Roif, a wrestling promoter in Israel, was interested in promoting a Goldberg match in that country. A self-run tour sounds great, but between the expense of getting it right and the lack of visibility if it’s not in WWE or AEW, it would end up being a disappointment.
“I feel like Tony Khan would love to do it, although Sting’s retirement should be his priority this year. I would think Khan would love to show Goldberg one way or another anyway, but Goldberg made so much money for so few matches in his WWE deal, reportedly $2 million for each of his matches in Saudi Arabia, and for AEW, that kind of money per match is just not cost effective.”
Obviously, if the 56-year-old Goldberg wants the kind of money WWE paid him for big matches, it might be a problem, but if he can settle for less, he might have some matches elsewhere.