Goldberg was a guest on “The Hall Of Fame” with Booker T and “Da Man” shared how he’s doing after his big SummerSlam week that included stops in Pittsburgh and Toronto. Goldberg also gives the facts as to what went wrong during his match with The Undertaker at Super Show-Down in Saudi Arabia and talks how hard it is for him not to give it his all. Quotes and clip from Booker T’s show are below:
Goldberg on how he’s doing post-SummerSlam after going up against Dolph Ziggler:
“Mentally, I’m doing great, man. Physically, I’m doing pretty damn good, but I’m exhausted, man. I had a week from hell, I ain’t gonna complain cause I had a lot of cool things that I got to do, but travel-wise, I covered some ground, man and I can’t run like I used to, but, damn…”
On what went wrong with his match against The Undertaker at WWE Super Show-Down in Saudi Arabia:
“Man, I ain’t gonna make excuses that’s for sure, I’m just gonna answer questions and give facts. Facts are that the reason why I did that match and took that opportunity because it was an opportunity of a lifetime, whether I was 22, 52 or 102. Not that it was in Saudi Arabia, that it was against Undertaker and he was a guy I’ve never crossed paths with. The heat I knew going in it was going to be hot, but in two-a-days in Georgia, playing for the Falcons or playing for the Bulldogs or playing wherever, the Rams out in LA, man it’s hotter than hell and you know it’s going to be hot. It’s one of those things you accept, but had like the perfect storm of crappiness, you know, for me. People don’t know all the things that go into everything, right? At 52, going against Taker, being Goldberg in the short period of time that I had, I could either do one of two things: I could get in good shape or I could get as big as humanly possible so I don’t look like an old Goldberg next to Undertaker. So it’s a compromise, it’s always a compromise. This last time though I didn’t need that cardio, man, I didn’t concentrate on getting big at all in the four weeks that I had. I just tried to get in shape. I didn’t try to add a pound, I tried to lose weight this time.
On the ring post mishap and why incidents like that can be a 50% occurance for him:
“The ring post thing, hey man, that’s a spot that you know a couple of the bookers came up to me afterwards and said, ‘Well we called it. We knew you were gonna do that,’ because 50% of time I’ve done that spot I’ve not had good results.
“I don’t profess to be an entertainer on the level of a Ric Flair that can go out and make people laugh, I mean I can but it’s not my way of doing things. My way of making people’s jaws drop is blurring the line between reality and fiction, you know? So everything I do has to be, okay, the kick that I took from Dolph? You know the first kick that I took? Yeah, that felt really good. Because I had to react to it because it planted on me. It was perfect. That’s the way that I work, man. I’m a reactionary guy and if I’m gonna be a defensive lineman that was an All-American, if I’m gonna be a guy that played a couple years in the NFL, if I’m gonna be guy that is known to be a thrasher, I’m not going to run into a turnbuckle and miss it and act like it killed me. I can’t do that so I have to make it look as close to it killing me as possible and sometimes unfortunately, the circumstances are such that I go a little overboard…
“It was an unfortunate deal that I just shouldn’t have gone as hard as I went and then hey, you know a couple of people, ‘Hey, well what about the referee? He should have called it.’ Well guess what? The referee asked me 15 times how I felt. You know what I told him? 15 different answers. I did. I know I told him something different every time because I felt different every time he asked me.
“Hey man, remember when I put my hand through the limousine window? I’m not the smartest guy in the world when it comes to trying to be a monster and turn green from zero to 100 like a light switch. And sometimes it’s just tough and I go overboard. It is what it is. Hey, that’s what made it exciting man, and so I just can’t bounce back at 52 like I used to, that’s all.”
(Transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone)