3 Key Points
- Sami Zayn confirms return to WWE after break, starting at Madison Square Garden.
- Bill Goldberg airs grievances about Vince McMahon’s unfulfilled retirement match promise.
- WWE SmackDown to air a special ‘The Absolute Best of 2023’ episode this Friday.
Sami Zayn’s Eager WWE Return
Following a rest period apropos of an on-screen knee injury story, pro wrestler Sami Zayn is back on the WWE scene. Zayn took to Twitter to share his enthusiastic update, announcing his presence at a sequence of WWE Holiday Tour events. The tour marks the culmination of what Zayn describes as the ‘wildest year’ of his career. His much-anticipated return was at the iconic Madison Square Garden, with subsequent nights spanning from Boston to Los Angeles.
In a heartfelt tweet, Zayn conveyed his gratitude, “This life has been too good to me. Just know I’m very happy to be here with you.” His appreciation for fans and eagerness to perform in major cities underscores his love for the industry after a necessary respite.
Goldberg’s Candid McMahon Criticism
Venting about broken promises, WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg made his disgruntlement with Vince McMahon public. On the Steve & Captain Evil podcast, he compared McMahon to UFC’s Dana White, acknowledging the opportunities given but scorning a reneged retirement match agreement.
Goldberg recalled the instance of working while recovering from COVID-19, citing it as a costly compromise intended to secure a farewell match, “I put myself in a horribly shitty situation… Problem is, he never held up his bargain.” His strong words reflect deep discontent with the wrestling magnate’s handling of the situation.
SmackDown’s Retrospective Special
Transitioning from rumbles to replays, WWE SmackDown is set to air a ‘Best of’ broadcast this coming Friday. Emulating the structure of the recent RAW showcase, it promises to relive the pinnacle moments of the past year. TV Guide notes the episode will feature the highlights of 2023, curated to celebrate the year’s standout matches and storylines with Jackie Redmond and Peter Rosenberg hosting. The special serves both as a reflection of WWE’s year and as a sizzle reel for the brand’s most memorable events.