While there were several members of the WWE Universe who were on cloud nine when Goldberg made his return to the WWE after being gone for twelve years, it doesn’t seem like there were many people behind the scenes that were happy that he came back. In particular, the wrestler who is mostly upset with Goldberg returning is John Cena.
It is being reported through various wrestling sites that John Cena is upset that Goldberg returned. It has nothing to do with the 49-year-old wrestler . Personally, he is upset that Vince McMahon paid wrestlers like Goldberg and Brock Lesnar a significant amount of money to work part time. It should be noted that John Cena isn’t on TV right now as he is currently filming the second season of American Grit. As stated, he feels he should be treated in the same manner as Goldberg and Lesnar.
Out of all the current WWE superstars, John Cena is still the highest paid wrestler at $9.5 million a year just in earnings. The merchandise sales are not included. Brock Lesnar only gets $6 million, and as indicated, Goldberg and Lesnar probably make more per appearance. It is being rumored that Lesnar is supposed to make 22 appearances on the flagship Monday Night Raw and four pay-per-view events a year.
Lesnar was a full-time wrestler for two years, has only had fought in five PPV’s between 2014 and 2015. On the other hand, Cena has been with the WWE for the last decade and only misses time from either recovering from injuries or if he is filming something.
Not for nothing, but in recent time, one could easily make the argument that Cena is a part-timer. There have been times over the last few years where he won’t go on house show tours. Also, Lesnar and Goldberg are unique attractions and help with ratings.
Unfortunately, John Cena has been on TV so much that he isn’t a unique appeal anymore. John Cena is expected to be back in the WWE in time for the Royal Rumble, which is being scheduled for January 29,2017, in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas.