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Goldberg not ruling out a return to pro wrestling

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Former WCW and WWE star Bill Goldberg admits he's considering a return to professional wrestling.

Goldberg, 49, was a guest of Jonathan Coachman on Wednesday's Off The Top Rope to promote his involvement with the WWE 2K17 video game, and was asked about the possibility of an in-ring return.

"I'm going to do a lot of soul-searching, and I'm going to talk to my family to figure out what Goldberg wants to do," Goldberg said during an interview with ESPN on Wednesday night.

"At the end of the day, I'm greatly appreciative of all the fans that I was able to acquire over the years. I don't want to bastardize anything I did, let's just put it bluntly. So it's a big decision."

Goldberg last wrestled for WWE at WrestleMania XX in 2004, where he beat Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden in New York. His involvement in the video game marked a reunion between him and WWE, and the reunion quickly fueled rumors of a comeback. But Goldberg was quick to point out his age as a possible obstacle.

"I'm an old man here. I'm 49 years old," Goldberg said. "A guy like Ric Flair at 49 could go out and do his character. A guy 49 going out and doing Goldberg again -- I don't know what the odds are."

Goldberg, an actor and former NFL player, said he would need time until the end of the year to decide, but said "if anyone can do it, it would be me." He also talked about his motivation for considering a return.

"I have a 10-year-old boy. I got a wife who has never seen me wrestle, and I got a generation of kids who don't know who the hell I am except for looking online," Goldberg said. "The biggest thing about being a wrestler, and being Goldberg gave me, was the ability to be a superhero for kids.

"I want the ability to be that guy again. But there's a compromise here. To be that guy at 49 years old, do you risk losing your legacy? Is it something that I am going to regret?"

Lesnar also left WWE after WrestleMania XX in order to pursue an NFL career, but re-signed with the company in April 2012.

If Goldberg decides to return, the one name that appears in the apex of his list of preferred opponents is Brock Lesnar, whom he defeated at WrestleMania XX in his final WWE match.

"There's a plethora of people but I'd be remiss in saying I don't owe Lesnar a rematch," added Goldberg.

"I had my hand raised in the first meeting and if I ever came back that would be the match.

"I'd have to work my ass off is Brock is a like a superhero-alien guy - big, strong, fast and mean - but I beat him once… he concluded."

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