Goldberg talks being ‘miserable’ during his current WWE run, which sounds like it will end with another short match at WrestleMania 33

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Current WWE Universal champion Goldberg was the first guest on Edge & Christian’s new podcast, E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, and was incredibly forthright and open in discussing his return to WWE with the Rated-R Superstar and Captain Charisma - but his comments may rub some fans the wrong way.

That’s at least partially because he didn’t do much to dispel the notion his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar will be anything more than his usual sub-five minute, two moves of doom affair.

When asked how his current run has been, Goldberg said:

I'll be honest, I'm miserable. I'm absolutely miserable.

Why is he miserable? Because of all the training required. The goal of which is to replicate his original 1990s WCW run:

I am nothing but a machine now. I get up in the morning. I eat. I train. I eat. I go to the bathroom about 20 times intermittently throughout the day because I'm shoving 15 to 20,000 calories in my body and it doesn't know what's going on. At 50 years old, it has no idea.

It's the toughest thing I ever embarked upon, guys. I'm 13 years removed from the business. I can't name a power wrestler who has come back 13 freaking years afterwards. And then, within 20 pounds of what he was back then.

I had to shut cardio completely down and just eat, and eat, and lift, and eat. And so it's a sacrifice. Do I give people the visual whatever as close as possible of Goldberg or do I give them a new version in which I look like a cruiserweight and it's just different, man.

Why do you think I wore a coat every time at first when I got back? The answer is I still had to train, man. I was still training. I believe it was much more important for me to be aesthetically what I was like in the past as opposed to a dude who could run around for 20 minutes. That ain't me.

While many of us are frustrated that one of WrestleMania 33’s main event matches will likely consist of four moves in about that many minutes, Goldberg has a point - that’s what a lot of fans know and expect from him.

As we saw on Monday when he spent more time shirtless and flexing on Raw than he has at any earlier point in this run (he told Edge & Christian the reason he wore a jacket for his early television appearances was because he wasn’t in shape yet), he does look phenomenal - and that isn’t easy to accomplish at any age.

And, as many opine this time of year, Mania isn’t just for those of us who want to see 20 minute grappling wars. Knowing the type of match Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg is going to be hasn’t done much to get me excited for it, but, as Bill says:

People are expecting me to be able to do exactly what I did back then.

And he’s probably right. So give ‘em what for, Goldberg.

H/T: Wrestling Inc for transcription

Comments

Guess the mountain of money he's getting makes up for it

Seriously, I’m not expecting him to go half an hour but he’s only wrestled around 6 minutes in 3 matches, all of which were main events. At the very least, people should be pissed because so many other guys could have benefited from Goldberg never returning. Survivor Series match was surprising, RR appearance was lacklustre and his Fastlane match was nonsense. Ready for him to bugger off.

Or, they could have used his return to promote a younger guy

Let’s face it, Goldberg is money, and he’s getting responses that no one else on the roster is getting. He has a place, but he could have been better utilized. The same is true for Lesnar.

Or, they could have used his return to promote a younger guy

Goldberg is 50 and Brock is 39 so I guess that counts

Part timers promoting full timers

There’s a laugh.

I was upset about this when I initially heard it

But then, I thought about it, and I think that this does sum up professional wrestling very well. It is about the show and the spectacle. He is not the first performer who is getting over based on his looks instead of his physical ability, and he won’t be the last.

You could say that about Andre The Giant, and he's revered as an icon of the industry and a beloved pop-culture figure.

Andre was actually pretty good in his youth though

His WrestleMania run was after his prime and he put over a younger full timer in Hogan.

I don't watch Goldberg for 20 minute matches.

I watch Goldberg to see him spear shit.

THANK YOU for saying this

Some fans kill me being overly critical of this guy… sheesh

I'm looking forward to this match

I liken it to an MMA fight that has big explosions and ends in one round. And there have been some great one round fights. I’d rather these two kill each other within 5 minutes than to have to sit through what Rock and Cena’s two matches were.

Here’s to Goldberg giving new meaning to going out with a bang.

I have a lot of respect for Bill Goldberg as a person for giving this a go at his age; even athletic freaks wear out over time.

But this is precisely, precisely why having a 50 year old guy holding your top title is a bad idea. Unless you’re Shawn Michaels or Ric Flair, it’s hard to give a WWE-quality performance at this age, especially after such a long layoff. I’m sure the money is nice, but unless he absolutely needs the payday for whatever reason, I would rather Goldberg not destroy himself for my entertainment at his age.

Mania 20.

Just saying.

I've honestly grown to like Bill Goldberg the man as well as the character during this mini run.

He’s very candid and honest, doesn’t really shy away from his faults or limitations, whilst also portraying, and arguing for what he believes his character should be. Bizarrely, I respect him more than ever, despite the fact he got the Raw title based off simply being Goldberg and 22 seconds of work. He even doesn’t mind poking fun at himself nowadays (he happily spoke about coming up short against the locker room door) whereas before, I always felt like he took himself too seriously.

It’s in vain, but I’ll be rooting for Goldberg on Sunday. Fuck Bork! Please don’t kill me Bork.

Appreciate what he does bring to the ring

and don’t focus on what he doesn’t. We never expect Shawn Michaels to do a bunch of power moves and bring that high intensity over a short time span to the ring so why do we expect Goldberg to wrestle like Michaels did?

I understand hardcore wrestling fans want a bunch of wrestling and back-and-forths and 20-30 minute wrestling clinics. I’m sorry but this match isn’t for you and that’s ok.

think they just want a main event title match that goes longer than three minutes.

I’m in that camp as well, and I’m not expecting a wrestling clinic from Bork and Bill. Anything longer than what I’m expecting, even if it goes up to just ten minutes, with nothing but big power moves from the two, I’ll be okay with.

No DQ match--or Falls Count Anywhere match

would allow for more than a 3 minute match. Chairs, kendo sticks, tons of outside the ring action…no one expects a 5-star classic from these two, but the match could be enhanced by being more than a glorified squash match.

Your tagline is the best! Hahaha. As a fellow Minnesotan, it’s true. It’s damn true!

I'm pulling for you Bill

Hope dude gets in the Hall of Fame next year

I was behind Goldberg, right up until he became universal champion

As a draw and a showcase he’s great. As champion, interrupting the reign of a hot young star and making look soft as baby shit in the process? Not great. Now he’s actively detrimental to the product. Still gonna try and enjoy his match at Mania for what it is though.

Which hot young star’s reign did he interrupt? Kevin Owens won the title in a weak fashion, and was a weak champion for months. He didn’t make Owens look weak, months and months of him being weak on TV made him look weak. He was booked as a midcard comedy act who just happened to be Universal Champion.

Kevin Owens and Jericho were the hottest angle in the company and you know it

Hottest midcard angle in the company. He still wasn’t a credible champion, he was only presented as that in the last couple of weeks of his reign, which is just too little, too late. He’s still a hot act, it’s just he’s a hot act at the level his booking suggests he should be at – midcard.

Sorry to hear he's felt so miserable.

Quite frankly, while I’ve enjoyed his run, I want it to end if only because he clearly only stuck around to finish this story arc with Brock.

I hope Goldberg wins on Sunday

He has had a really great comeback run. The energy in the crowds when he appears has been great. Plus the only guy he’s made look bad has been Lesnar. Everyone else on the roster has been protected. Have him go over Lesnar one last time and then retire the next day on RAW. Lesnar needed to be brought down a bit so that he was no longer invincible. The losses from Goldberg will allow WWE to tell better stories with Lesnar in the future.

It's good to hear he's been working so hard to get in shape.

I’m not planning on watching his match, but I feel better about it knowing that he’s taking it seriously.

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