After the Raw after WrestleMania went off the air on USA Network tonight (April 3, 2017), WWE directed us to tune in to the Network for Raw Talk, where they promised interviews with Goldberg and The Hardy Boyz. Turns out, the former Universal champion was going to speak to us from the ring in Amway Center, for his first comments since dropping the title to Brock Lesnar at the Citrus Bowl Sunday night.
After his usual entrance walk, he largely spoke directly to his wife and son, who were at ringside. What followed was “from the heart”, and while we can’t call it a retirement speech, it was certainly a farewell... at least for now.
Here’s what he said:
"Ladies and gentlemen, this ain't part of the show. Here are the facts: the facts are in October I was approached to make a return after 13 years. There was a hell of a lot I had to think about. Physical limitations, age, desire; by the way, this ain't no damn script. I'm speaking straight from my heart so I would appreciate it if you would listen. Sure, you may have wanted that invincible sum bitch you saw 13 years ago but the fact is things change just a little bit. I am still that guy but I'm a guy whose focus has moved directly to his family. As human beings, for the right reason, we can accomplish great things. I like to think that doing it for my family, and the WWE Universe, is the right reason. You guys gave me the opportunity after 13 years to share a part of my life that you never saw. The past number of months have been an unbelievable ride. I'm the luckiest guy in the world to be given an opportunity to come back and to show you a little piece of what I used to do. You can boo me, or you can cheer me, but the fact is that little boy right there is the reason why my heart still beats, is the reason why I wake up every damn morning and go to the weight room and drive my ass into the ground to try to become something that he can be proud of. I think over the past number of months we've accomplished what we set out to do. And I hope you appreciate the opportunity from these fans and all the people in the back that we've been given because it's once in a lifetime. I love you both more than can be quantified. And I think we've proven that by me living in the gym, living in the bathroom for god's sake, and living at the dinner table for the past six months so that I can come out here and be a little glimpse of what I used to be.”
Then he called his son into the ring and when the young man fell getting over the barricade and landed on his keister:
"Look, he even takes bumps already. Hell, that's one more than I've taken in my entire career until last night.”
Back to his speech:
"You guys can be a tough crowd and things have changed over 13 years. You like to be part of the show, you like to boo, you like to make us stumble on our words. But as I said earlier, I am speaking to you straight from my heart and this ain't part of the show. I was able to take that Universal championship title to my son's school. The pride that I felt standing in front of those kids and his teacher and my son was immeasurable. There is nothing that anyone on the planet can do to take that away from he and I. As I said, you can boo me or you can cheer me but at the end of the day it means you care one way or another and it means that I've done something. Now this could possibly be the last time you ever see me in a ring. And some of you people may appreciate that. But as I said, I'm here for my family. And as long as they appreciate it, I will fight and I will push and I will train and I will do whatever the hell it takes to be me.
"Thirteen years removed from the debacle of WrestleMania 20, I think we did pretty damn good last night, Brock and I. Now, as I said, I still had a little glimmer of that Goldberg and having that glimmer gave me hope that I could succeed. And since I still believe that I am one of the biggest, baddest sum bitches on this planet, you never know what or who's next."
But even if this is goodbye, Goldberg wasn’t going to shut the door completely tonight:
And - never say never.