Paul Heyman, who manages the beast incarnate, confirmed his client would be at the January PPV on Raw.
But he said the ex-UFC champ had broken his ribs at Survivor Series when Goldberg inflicted a quick defeat on him.
With tears in his eyes, unshaven Heyman told Michael Cole that they “screwed up” and “took Goldberg lightly”.
With Goldberg agreeing to fight at Royal Rumble, many fans expected a straight rematch.
But Mr Heyman’s comments suggest that if the two will square up again, it will be in a mass clash.
In the interview last night, the manager also confessed his despair at what the loss meant for Brock’s legacy.
“There’s no excuses that we can offer here,” he said. “This goes into history. People can watch this over and over again.”