Bill Goldberg’s son, Gage, has been a big part of his comeback to WWE after a 12 year absence. Before he was even announced as part of the 2K17 video game, the WCW legend answered questions about a return to sports entertainment by saying he’d like to show his 10 year old boy what the old man used to do in the squared circle.
It was a big part of what made his return promo on Raw in Denver on Oct. 17 such a success. His heartfelt speech about taking one more shot in wrestling’s biggest spotlight for his family, since they weren’t with him during his turn of the century heyday, turned Goldberg from “superhero” to “superdad”.
So it was a fitting end to the story (thus far) when Gage jumped the barricade after his father destroyed Brock Lesnar in 86 seconds so the pair could celebrate in the ring as the thirtieth Survivor Series drew to a close on Nov. 20 in Toronto. And Goldberg knows and appreciates that.
In a new interview with Brian Campbell at ESPN, Goldberg talked about how special the “once in a lifetime” moment was. Just don’t ask him what happened to Gage’s shirt:
Firstly, I really don't know why he pulled his shirt off in the stands anyway.
At the end of the day, it was hilarious. I couldn't have asked for a better way to write the story. I mean, I really couldn't have. You hope and you wish and you dream for the right things to happen and everything to fall into place. But I never could have imagined for it to work out like this.
Check out the whole interview for more from Goldberg, including an interesting dichotomy between keeping wrestling’s secrets (he won’t reveal when he signed his new deal or if there are any plans for him beyond Royal Rumble) and talking frankly about the business (he’s honored to have been “booked” to beat Brock).
And don’t discount the importance of family as motivation for Bill Goldberg, or as a selling point of this new incarnation of the 49 year old Superstar for WWE.