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Goldberg: I feel like shit. I feel like a failure and that’s not me. Nobody, whether you love and/or hate me is ever going to critique my performance more stringently than I am. So nobody can say anything or do anything about my performance that compares to the pain I put myself through, so this is nothing but self inflicted misery, you know, emanating from that evening. It’s all good. I’m back on the horse.
– The following takes places from June 4, 2019 – August 11, 2019.
The night after losing the Universal Title to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33, Goldberg said goodbye to WWE fans on Raw. But he did not rule out an in-ring return during his farewell speech. Nearly two years later, Goldberg was challenged by a man he had never faced in his nearly 20 year career. The Undertaker.
Undertaker: Goldberg, you’re next.
SmackDown Live in Laredo Texas
Goldberg: I’m all good. I’m back in the hood. And the anxiety begins
Producer: First, your feelings when you walked into the building here today?
Goldberg: What the hell am I doing here? That’s kind of the feeling. Part of you says, god, what am I doing and part of me says thank god i’m back. It’s a conundrum that you fight the feelings in your head. It’s weird, you know. It’s like coming back home after summer vacation. But the landscape changes while you’re gone and then every time you come back it’s different. I feel welcomed, but it’s a weird experience for sure.
This is the story of my life. I don’t have time to eat to gain weight to do this, because i’ve got to worry about my trunks being too small. You know, as much as I love them and as much as I did the last run for them, this one is for me. I don’t give a damn whether it was 20 years too late. It’s an opportunity to share the ring with The Undertaker, period. So that in and of itself is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
– Goldberg greets Kofi Kingston and Paul Heyman in the backstage area.
Goldberg: At my age, I’m 52, I walk around here and I see these kids and I mean I feel like their dad. I guess it’s a tribute to me being able to still do what I used to do in any capacity. But it’s also one that you question all the time like, man, do I really belong here? Once you talk to Vince, it’s like coming back home. So i’m happy to be here.
– We see Goldberg hugging Vince McMahon. Vince says that Goldberg is in great shape.
Producer: What makes it worth it?
Goldberg: Oh, my god, what makes it worth it is I get to the ability to go share the ring with The Undertaker. I get the ability to get out aggressions that I have been penting up and randomly unleashing on drivers, you know, going up to LA in the traffic, so this gives me, I mean listen to the crowd, look at the hair standing up on my arms, okay? Whatever hair is left. I mean this is a charge. This is like listening to the the national anthem standing on the sidelines waiting to play in the NFL. It’s the same kind of thing.
It’s doesn’t get out of your blood. If it was not worth it, I would not do it. If it didn’t give me the charge that you are looking for, no amount of money in the world would make me want to go through the process of what I put myself through to prepare. So it ain’t the money. It’s the charge. Hey man, I ain’t here to prove anything except for the fact that to myself I can go with The Undertaker. I’m going to shut everybody’s mouth with this two move B.S. they think I’ve got. I’m going to pull some old stuff out and have some fun.
– Goldberg signs autographs for fans. We see Goldberg training for his match with The Undertaker.
Goldberg: It’s excruciating to try to get big and small at the same time. I had six and a half weeks I mean to prepare for The Undertaker at any point in your life, that’s borderline insanity. But i’ll take it as a compliment in that they thought I could be ready for it. It’s like trying to jam an elephant into a thimble, you know. That’s the best analogy I can give. And am I ready? I don’t know. Am I as ready as I’m gonna be at this point?
Absolutely. I have down everything in my power to get in the condition that i’m in right now, to hopefully prepare for what’s ahead of me? Yeah, I have done everything I could. No need to try to gain 20 pounds and lift your max the day of the match. It’s different than the last time back. Obviously again it’s been a number of years since I have stepped in the ring, but after the first comeback, it makes this a little easier.
– Goldberg heads to The King Abdullah Sports Stadium.
Producer: How does this compare to the last run?
Goldberg: Well it doesn’t. It’s completely different. The stage is what it is, whether it’s Mania or anywhere else or the super showdown. A match is a match, whether it’s in the backyard or whether it’s in front of 50,000 people. You have to look at it for what it is. Obviously, with the pageantry and everything going on, this is a big deal. I’m excited to give a new group of fans a little taste of the old me. It should be very interesting. It’s been interesting so far. This is pretty surreal. I think my last match with Brock kind of taught me how to chill a little bit.
Instead of being anxiety ridden all day, you know, it is what it is, it’s going to come when it comes. We got out there and do our thing and hopefully, to the best of our ability. Get them to enjoy it and want more. I’m really excited to get in there with Taker, man. It’s been a long time coming. And as I said before, I respect the hell out him, but I don’t fear him whatsoever. I don’t fear anybody in this business. It’s going to be an interesting matchup. I’m sick and tired of hearing people say, oh, well, it’s 20 years too late, the combined age of kiss my ass. I’ll show you.
– Video recap of the Goldberg/Undertaker match from WWE Super ShowDown.
RAW in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Goldberg: Here we are again. Let’s see if we can rectify what happened last time. What doesn’t kill makes you stronger. I’m not doing this for anybody else. I put way too much stock in what happened that night as a definition of my career, which is the worst thing and the last thing I should ever do. And the reality is, as my father always said, you’re only as good as your next match. And keeping that in mind, I wasn’t going to let that be my last one. It never was going to be anyway. You get a great opportunity to come put on a wonderful show with a guy you never been in the ring before.
You know, things aren’t always going to happen the way you planned them out to happen. It went the way it did. Tonight is about rewriting that history a little bit. Tonight i’m not here for anybody else. I’m not here for the adulation. I’m not here to get a standing ovation. I’m here to do business. I’m not here to cut promos. I’m here to rip people’s faces off and get back to who I am. That’s it. Pretty simple. A lot entailed in that and a lot that has to happen for me to set the stage to be that guy again. If it’s one time or 50 times, I’ve got to tap into that guy again. Who’s next?
– Vince McMahon and Triple H are trying to get Goldberg’s attention while he’s hugging Paul Heyman in the gorilla position.
Goldberg: On my way back. A couple of people still remembers me. It feels good. It’s a long process, but I’ve got to win them back. Here we are again. It’s been a hell of a week. NCIS every day last week. It’s been quite the interesting time. Not demoted too much. Let me see if I can earn my big room back and a lot of other stuff. I have read a little bit of a blurb that Roman said and he’s correct. The longer you’re out of this ring, the harder it is to get your chops back. The harder it is to get the rhythm back.
To feel like you’re back in the saddle again. It’s really difficult. A year or three between matches. Again i’m not complaining, i’m stating facts because I am more than appreciative of the ability to right my wrongs. If I don’t meet my expectations, then I absolutely destroy myself. It’s a fight that I always lose because i’m fighting myself. When you get old, your entrance started with the punch, punch, punch, push kick. Now it turns into punch, punch, knee because the leg doesn’t go high anymore. Do I look like a scared dog? Because that’s what I feel like.
Producer: This building (Scotiabank Arena) it has meaning to you. What was it? Almost three years ago, you beat Brock Lesnar here in what, 45 seconds?
Goldberg: It means a lot to me because I got to beat that number tonight. It means a lot to me because these fans welcome me back with open arms. It’s a situation I thought I never be in because I have never thought that I would have done it three years ago, let alone three years remove from that time. So each and every day, it’s an amazing story to wake up to. I just have to freaking follow through. They have set the table for me and I have got to fall through. That’s all. It’s all one me as usual. That’s good because I’ll get it done.
I didn’t pick a weight up when I got back from Saudi Arabia for three and a half weeks. It’s been 20 years since I did that. I didn’t do anything, zero. Then a week and a half later I get a phone call. So just imagine where I am mentally with that, you know. It is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because I keep my level up high. It’s a curse because if I don’t get right, than am I failure. In reality, that’s not the case, but I pick and nitpick everything. I hold myself to a very high standard and rightfully so because that’s what’s gotten me where I am. It’s just harder the older you get. It’s jut a lot more difficult, but it could get done and I’m going to do it.
– Goldberg runs into Matt Riddle in the backstage area.
– Video recap of the Goldberg/Dolph Ziggler match from SummerSlam.
Goldberg interaction with Matt Riddle 😭 pic.twitter.com/2l3JdAMYMn
— Zack (@TheZackLethal) October 7, 2019
Goldberg: I don’t care whether i’m 52, 32, or 22, I still think that I can go out there and be the best that I can be. And if I don’t do that, then i’m going to beat myself to death. It’s part of the healing process. Everyone one of you, thank you for letting me come back home. Thank you for having the confidence in me.
Paul Heyman: You did it. You nailed it. I love you.
Goldberg: Fit, did it work? I would never be able to do anything in the ring if it wasn’t for guys like fit, you understand that? I’m an extension of all these guys with knowledge. I’m just a pawn. I’m a guy like any other guy that can go out there and do it. I just try to listen to their expert opinions because I sure as hell don’t have one. Hopefully, that worked. and hopefully i’m back.
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