There has been a lot of speculation on the Internet lately that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff’s first choice for the "Network Representative" on TNA iMPACT Wrestling was not Mick Foley, but Bill Goldberg.
WrestleZone has spoken with several people close to the situation, and can exclusively report that TNA was never close to signing Goldberg.
"Bill views them [TNA] as a minor league," we were told by someone with knowledge of both sides of the pursuit to land Goldberg on Spike TV, "Bill was hungry to work WrestleMania in Atlanta so his son could see him just one time do his thing as Goldberg, but he has no desire to tarnish his image as a top draw by playing for a losing team like TNA."
Another person close to both sides confided, "When Hogan low-balled Goldberg on that Australian tour (two years ago), Bill was very upset. Then the promoters of the entire tour went bankrupt. Bill looks at the ratings in TNA, and how poorly booked the company is, and he has no desire to put his legacy in their hands. He felt his run in WWE was bad enough. Letting Hogan, Bischoff, and Russo ruin his legacy any further just isn’t in his plans."