Update: Goldberg vs. Batista In The Works
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Regarding Bill Goldberg’s likely return to the ring and the Rumble in the Jungle II show in Africa’s Congo, promotional material for the event lists Goldberg vs. former WWE star Dave Batista at the big show on October 12th at Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa. Goldberg has still not officially signed a contract at last word.
Goldberg apparently said on Twitter that Batista won’t be his opponent because Batista is going back to WWE. Batista told a source that he’s not on the Congo shows and has no wrestling plans for the near future, “or possibly ever the way WWE is going.”
Batista is currently focusing on his Gracie Gym in Tampa, Florida and waiting to see if potential movie deals work out. The former World Heavyweight Champion also had back surgery a month ago. Batista’s back was bothering him to the point his Jiu Jitsu training was suffering.
No other names have been announced for the show but a promotional brochure shows photos of starts like Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, Daivari, Bob Sapp, Ken Shamrock, Chavo Guerrero, Charlie Haas, Paul London, Tom Howard, Nathan Jones, Sylvester Terkay and Roddy Piper. Goldberg’s name is also listed as part of the group’s management. Word is that the promotion asked Chris Jericho and he turned them down. Celebrities advertised include George Foreman, Jean Claude Van Damme and Leila Ali.
The promotion, USA to Africa Pro Wrestling Mission, also plans to film a documentary including the 20-hour plane ride with background footage of the talents. The documentary would be produced by Donnie Eichar and Brad Tiemmanto, of MTV’s The Buried Life. There has been talk of the final show of the tour to be an internet pay-per-view, in addition to a DVD release. There is also talk of the promotion becoming a regular touring group in Africa.