The last time we heard from Bill Goldberg on a possible return to WWE, he was telling Jim Ross that he was open to coming back for one more match so his son could see him wrestle. He even went so far as to say the opponent didn't matter as long as it made sense for all involved.
Now, in a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, he's a bit more aggressive and he's now accusing WWE of not wanting to do business with him:
"No. I've expressed my desire...well, not my desire, my willingness to maybe consider it again, but I've said it once, I've said it 50,000 times, once they learn how to do business, then I'd consider it. ... I don't know, man, I haven't talked to too many guys that see eye to eye with them, unless you're in that inner circle, but not unlike any other business, you're gonna have your opinions about it. [But] no, they don't know how to do business with me, I mean, the reality is, I don't think they want to do business with me. I think that's the reality of it. So I could care less, to be honest with you, but to answer that question, I just don't think that there'll be a chance for us to do anything. And I've said it before and I said it at [WrestleCon], the last conversation I had with Triple H, and I left it in their corner, was, 'Hey man, I'm willing to put everything aside, I have an eight-year-old boy who'd love to see me wrestle. So if you guys want to make a lot of money and do some business, then let's do it.' I guess that wasn't good enough for them, in that I didn't show the passion of being a professional wrestler, but, hey, business is business."
The reality may actually be that Goldberg isn't a financially viable option for the company right now. Recent rumors and reports suggest Vince McMahon demanded up to $20 million in cutbacks with WWE projected to lose somewhere around $50 million this year thanks to start up costs for the WWE Network. Goldberg is saying all the right things here, that he's willing to come in and work with whoever they want, but he's not talking about his price tag, which has always been incredibly high.
This could be a matter of money as opposed to, say, politics.
It's interesting to note that over the past couple years, WWE has been mending fences with longstanding rivals like Bruno Sammartino and Ultimate Warrior. The promotion is even close to coming to terms on a deal with Sting that will likely see him work at least one match before he retires.
Yet here's Goldberg, still on the outside looking in.