Considering that before this past Survivor Series, Goldberg hadn’t wrestled since 2004, it’s not exactly a bold prediction to say that he won’t be wrestling in 2022. Since he left the WWE in the wake of one of the worst WrestleMania matches of all time, people have been talking about one more run for Goldberg. While he’s been denying any interest in a WWE return for 12 years, apparently all it took to lure ol’ Bill out of retirement was a video game endorsement, a squash victory over Brock Lesnar, and a limited as hell schedule. He’s scheduled for the Royal Rumble, Fastlane, and WrestleMania, and for many fans, he’s a sword of Damocles hovering over their heads (Would the WWE really let him win a title in 2017? Is he gonna win the Royal Rumble?). However, the most likely scenario has nothing to do with a title: he’ll face Brock Lesnar in a rubber match on the Grandest Stage of Them All, then ride off into the sunset forever. Anything more would be shocking.
- The Undertaker
And here it is. The inevitable conclusion of this list is also the saddest for many wrestling fans. The Undertaker has been a mainstay of WWE TV for 27 years. He’s one of the most beloved, iconic characters in all of professional wrestling and he’s put on some of the best matches the company will ever see. Seriously, go back and watch his matches with Shawn Michaels, Batista, Edge, Triple H, and Kurt Angle, among others. The Deadman is, plain and simple, one of the best to ever step into a ring, in any promotion in any country. Even though it’s been broken, his undefeated streak at WrestleMania remains one of the best things the WWE has ever done. The Undertaker deserves retirement and although fans the world over would be sad to see him go, it’s for the best. He’s been slowly down in the ring and his body can only take so much damage. The Deadman deserves one last hoorah at WrestleMania, his kingdom, before he rests in peace for good. No one has earned it more.