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.