WrestleMania XXX: The Rock may be out, Goldberg may be in

It's now entirely possible The Rock won't be working "WrestleMania XXX" next year in New Orleans, but another surprising name could be working the show, despite his advanced age: Bill Goldberg.

Though nothing is set in stone, especially this early on in the process, WWE is currently hard at work trying to put together the best possible line up for next year's WrestleMania XXX pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It's a historic show that the company will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops for.

That includes bringing back a few names from days gone by. There's still the possibility that Stone Cold Steve Austin is convinced to come back for one more match, but based on how he's been speaking in recent interviews, he appears completely happy to live on the legend he created in the Attitude Era.

But what about the man who has headlined the past two (and arguably three) WrestleManias, The Rock? According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it looks entirely possible WWE is going ahead as though he's not working the show:

It looks as though the WWE is going right now with the assumption that Dwayne Johnson won't be back next year as a short-term regular character as he's been the past three years. According to information given to a major licensee this past week that has a deal where they are told who to products with but they have creative license to produce whatever they want with those characters, they were told not to produce any merchandise involving The Rock. They were told he could be used as far as a group shot of superstars but not to produce anything specific because he was not going to be featured until 2015.

However, in a bit of a surprise, Bill Goldberg is now apparently already in talks with WWE to come back for a match, possibly against Ryback, at next year's "Showcase of the Immortals." The thought, of course, is that this would coincide with a Hall of Fame induction, even if Triple H and his good buddy Shawn Michaels once said that's something that would never happen.

WWE and Bill Goldberg are now in talks, which adds to the list of the people who in the past it seemed they would never do business with. Goldberg, even more than Ultimate Warrior, had been someone in the past they had wanted no involvement with, but the policy now seems to be to mend fences with any former superstar to the public who had past bitterness. There has been talk of him doing next year's WrestleMania. I don't know that it's against Ryback, but I almost can't imagine it wouldn't be. Goldberg would be 47, but still trains hard and is in good shape and has been open to the idea of doing one big match because his son wasn't born during his heyday and never saw him as a wrestling star. Plus, there's always a potential Hall of Fame since he has a name, even though in the past HHH buried the idea of Goldberg in the Hall of Fame saying he didn't have enough longevity.

Triple H and Michaels actually talked to SB Nation back in 2010 about why Goldberg shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame and you can read their comments by clicking here.

In fairness, a lot has changed since then and "The Game" is now "The Executive" who has bigger masters to serve. It's surprising either which way you slice it, considering there's been no love lost on either side.

Then again, Ultimate Warrior recently had a meeting with Vince McMahon, something we never thought we would see again. Really, if Bret Hart could reconcile with the company after the Montreal Screwjob, anything is possible.

So WrestleMania XXX may or may not featured Stone Cold Steve Austin and Goldberg, but not The Rock.

Thoughts?

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