Goldberg In 2001

When Goldberg lost his "must retire if you lose" match,(or whatever it was), at the Sin PPV in January 2001, was he supposed to come back to WCW eventually if the company had survived, or was this just an angle designed to get him off of T.V. because his contract had expired/he was injured?  

It was just a stupid angle, like most else of what WCW was doing at that point.