WWE Hall of Famer and former WWE and WCW champion Goldberg was a guest at a recent episode of The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast to promote his new show for the History Channel Forged In Fire: Knife or Death. Goldberg talked about his show and WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony as well as his recent run as a champion in the WWE. Here are a few highlights from the podcast. All transcriptions provided by The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling.
On his last tenure as the WWE champion and his in-ring return, Goldberg said that he is extremely lucky for having both the opportunities and he really considers himself the luckiest man in the world to be able to get back at the top of the wrestling business after getting retiref for twelve years from pro wrestling.
“It is the most special thing that I have ever been afforded in my entire life. It was and again because of a lot of other people other than myself and I just was cast in the spot to be able to hopefully pull it off. My success was not dependent upon my own performance and it was again a symphony of people making it happen and I am just lucky to have gotten that opportunity. I am appreciative that I worked my ass off and that I made it happen and that everything fell in the right place but like me beating Hogan in front of 45,000 people in Atlanta I was in the right place at the right time. I am an extremely lucky human being to have been afforded the opportunities that I have had in the past and that I am able to twelve years removed from the business go back and do what I did as a father along with just being a normal human, I am one of the luckiest guys in the world. You can understand and millions upon millions of guys can understand the situation that I was in and that I am in everyday being a father. To get that opportunity to basically be on a rocket and shot to stardom again in front of your eyes of your son in real time. How can you write it any better than that?”
On what he felt about his Hall of Fame induction ceremony:
“Yes and no. It’s bitter sweet. I’ll start with the yes in that I was extremely and will always be forever honored to the people who chose me to be a member of the Hall of Fame period end of story. The people that I rubbed shoulders with in that hall I don’t deserve to be there by any stretch but did I enjoy being last when half the people left because of a six hour ceremony when people go on and on and on and unfairly try to encapsulate their five to thirty five to forty years in the business? It was an unfair and unceremoniously strange send off because it is just tough. You try to be professional in consideration for others and I’m not saying that the others were inconsiderate because they deserve their time and you deserve to sit out there and talk for an hour and make people understand how appreciative you are of the accolade and induction and the stories that encapsulate your career. It’s an injustice for people to not hear those things. But at the same time it makes for an extremely excruciating experience (laughing) sitting out in that crowd. Even more excruciating for someone that has to follow them and capture their career in a short period of time which is what I tried to do and hell, I forgot about Sting and he was sitting in the front row thank God and I forgot about a million people because I didn’t have time. I gave my suggestions to Mr. McMahon afterwards and than you carry on to the next night and you carry onto Mania where you are introduced and I was out of there like a hot potato because as long as I am physically able and as I’ve said have the ability to do the things that I used to do, I’m not saying I want to be out there doing it but its tough being around. It is like being in pads and sitting on the side lines waiting for the coach to put you in but you can’t because you are ineligible. It’s just that I am a competitive person and it is tough to sit back and watch people do it whether it is wrestling or anything else. That transition that is kind of forcefully retire when you get this Hall of Fame induction I am just kind of uncomfortable with that whole situation. I am still walking tall.”
You can check out the entire interview here.