Bill Goldberg Talks Possible In-Ring Return for WWE and More on ESPN

Oct 5, 2016 - by Marc Middleton

Former Heavyweight Champion and WWE 2K17 spokesman Bill Goldberg was Jonathan Coachman’s guest on this evening’s episode of “Off the Top Rope” on ESPN.

Goldberg performs his contractual duties and plugs the upcoming video game, and goes into his time on the Atlanta Falcons. He notes the enjoyment he gets out of showing his son old clips of his days in the ring.

Coachman notes that Goldberg hasn’t wrestled in twelve years, and admits that he hasn’t always been on the best of terms with WWE. He alludes to his year-long run with WWE from 2003, culminating with a match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX. He mentions his son again, who’s only ten years old, and wants to see what his dad used to do for a living. Goldberg says getting involved with WWE 2K17 was a step toward showing his son the “hero side” of his father.

Coach asks Goldberg to reflect upon his time in WWE, both the good and the bad. says he had a great time but a temulterous time. He wishes he was more mature at the time but he’s grateful of the opportunity, and how he was a superhero to kids for a short period of time.

Coach asks about Bill’s relationship with Vince McMahon. Goldberg says that he hasn’t spoken with Vince since he left the business but he believes they will speak at some point, adding that things were different back in the day. Being a part of the video game has given him a chance to think about things he hasn’t been apart of in a while.

Coach asks about a possible in-ring return. Goldberg says he’s been preparing to answer that for 12 years. He says he’s an old man now that he is 49 years old. Ric Flair could pull it off at that age but he doesn’t know if he could. He says he has a boy and a wife that haven’t seen him wrestle and that he has a new generation of kids that don’t know anything about it and he wants to show people what he can do. He wants to be that guy again but is afraid that he could tarnish his legacy if he came back at this age. He really wants to do it but reality wise, he wonders if it’s a smart move.

Goldberg says that he doesn’t owe Brock Lesnar a rematch, but notes that if he returns to WWE, that’ll be the first match he wants.

Coach asks how long it would take him to get ready to get back in the ring. Goldberg says he really doesn’t know, never say never and that if anyone could do it, it would be him. He says he’s going to talk to his family and see what they say and want him to do. He doesn’t want to bastardize what he has done before. He says, “Give me until the end of the year for God’s sake.”

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