At the beginning of his WWE comeback, I (and others) questioned how Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar were going to be able to deliver a main event caliber match/spectacle with so little time to prepare.
The 49 year old Goldberg hasn’t done much pro wrestling work beyond a couple spots at indie shows in the last decade, was coming off knee surgery and spoke openly of not having been back in a ring only weeks before Survivor Series on Nov. 20.
But he looked solid (if a little overexuberant) this past Monday when he cleared the ring of security on Raw, and in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, talked about his training regiment for this Sunday in Toronto:
Past six weeks I’ve trained 2 - 3 times a day, seven days a week. I’ve eaten 8 - 10 meals a day. I’ve gotten in the wrestling ring and done things I haven’t done in a long period of time.
The conundrum is are you doing enough or are you doing too much. That’s something I’m experimenting with right now, and unfortunately, you know, I’m getting hurt along the way.
The WCW legend and former NFL lineman also talked about slipping while in the clinch with Rusev on the Oct. 31 episode of Raw - something he thinks might have been a result of too much preparation:
I tripped in the ring in my second appearance back, and I don't do that.
I kinda attributed it to overtraining. Maybe something like that had to happen to tell me that I was overtraining. God has a very special way of letting us know what he wants. It was a sign for me, and I backed off a little bit.
We’ll find out this weekend if he’s been training too much or not enough. Unless someone is suplexing him on his head a lot, though, I’m not sure if there’s anything which can be done to prepare.
At the very least, Goldberg sounds motivated to make sure WWE fan’s have a better memory of him than WrestleMania XX.