Reports from both “The Daily Sheet” podcast and Sportskeeda are indicating that former UFC announcer Mike Goldberg is in talks with WWE about joining their commentary team. This comes on the heels of the departure of popular announcer Mauro Ranallo, who left the company amidst bullying allegations against John Bradshaw Layfield. Ranallo has denied that JBL played a role in his departure from the company.
Goldberg is no stranger to negotiations with WWE. Goldberg nearly signed with the company in 2005 as UFC began its rise into the mainstream. WWE at that time moved its broadcast home from Spike TV to USA Network, and UFC was growing rapidly on Spike. Reportedly Goldberg was asked by WWE to no-show a UFC event that was going head to head with WWE’s return to USA Network at the time, but Goldberg refused and stayed with UFC.
Goldberg’s contract with UFC was not renewed in December following the UFC 207 event. Goldberg fulfilled his duties despite president Dana White noting that he had a replacement in mind for Goldberg before he was even aware he was being let go.
Bill Says: Goldberg has always gotten mixed reviews on his skill set as a broadcaster. He relies on catchphrases and cliches, and while that was the kind of stuff that drove UFC fans crazy in a bad way, it’s the way WWE does like their commentary people to work. He comes in with broadcast experience and could be the seasoned veteran voice to call either Raw or Smackdown as they groom another younger announcer. He doesn’t have pro wrestling commentary experience and he would have to conform to WWE’s language rules, but Goldberg does certainly offer something to WWE if they choose to go with him.