Goldberg’s popularity in 2003/04 vs. 2016

Aside from his Raw debut Goldberg rarely got a great reaction after that for the rest of his 1st WWE run. It was certainly mixed and sometimes he got really lukewarm reactions and other times outright boo'd. Yet in 2016 he came back and was incredibly over
like it was 1998 WCW. I don't get it. Why was he barely over in WWE years ago but over like rover in 2016?

Because WWE wasn't booking him into the ground for the decade and a bit that he was gone, so he was actually popular again.