Confession time. When Goldberg grabbed Rusev on Monday night’s episode of Raw, delivered a knee to the mid-section and fell to the mat, I giggled and Tweeted about a joke about it.
I wasn’t alone - and the WCW legend who’s preparing for his first WWE match in 12 years at Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar knows it. But he’s taking it about the only way a guy in his position can.
As he said during a Live Q & A conducted while he was spending the day at ESPN in Connecticut:
I don't care, man. With social media everyone sees that stuff. Here's the thing... its been 12 years, bro. It's literally the second time I've stepped inside the ring, it's no excuse, it happens and it is what it is. At the end of the day it made it look like more of a real fight and... I’m a perfectionist, so all you guys out there on social media you can kiss my butt, because there's nothing you can say to make me feel any worse than I'm making myself feel.
In expanding on that last sentence, Goldberg the self-proclaimed superhero reveals himself to be really human:
I hold myself to an extremely high standard, and it’s a standard that can never be reached. It’s unattainable, but it drives me to try to be my best in everything that I do and if I please myself, then I hope that the fans will be pleased. The problem is that I’ll never please myself.
Every time I go out... I don’t think anybody’s gonna clap for me. It’s just the way I am. It’s hard for me to believe anybody appreciates what I do, so I try to gain that appreciation every single time I go out.
It’ll be interesting to see how it goes the next time he’s called upon to get physical on WWE television, especially with only one more appearance set before the Nov. 20 pay-per-view (PPV) battle with Brock - especially since he explained again in the interview he hasn’t been in a ring lately, outside of his two Raw appearances.
But, these quotes give this “guy on social media” another part of Bill Goldberg the man with which I can relate.
I do hope he gets closer to attaining the standard he sets for himself at Survivor Series, though, because otherwise I probably won’t be able to help myself from joking about it on Twitter.