The Bill Goldberg kick which concussed Bret Hart and eventually ended his in-ring career, and the grudge the Hitman has over the incident, is not a new story - by any means. But it keeps coming up, and it’s interesting that it came up on WWE Network while Goldberg is Universal champion.
Hart was Steve Austin’s guest on the latest edition of his Broken Skull Sessions, which premiered last night (Mar. 16) after Raw. As a final question, Stone Cold asked Bret how he wanted to be remembered. The two-time WWE Hall of Famer’s answer was as a pro who never hurt anyone he worked with, which was a segue to bringing up another Hall of Famer:
“Goldberg, to me, was one of the most unprofessional wrestlers there ever was in the business. I mean, for Bill Goldberg to be in the Hall of Fame - he hurt everybody he worked with. You might as well wrestle a real gorilla. He was the most dangerous guy to work with. He hurt everybody he worked with. I remember Curt Hennig being in pain all the time from the matches they had. And even when I worked with Bill - I always think the last words I said to Bill before we went out and had that match where he injured, ended my career. I said, ‘Bill, whatever you do out there, don’t hurt me. We can do whatever you want. We can do anything. Just don’t go nuts.”
Austin listened, then de-escalated by mentioning that he’d hurt people himself, saying “accidents happen”, and proposing a toast to Bret.
The hard feelings clearly aren’t going anywhere for The Hitman though, despite public statements of regret from Goldberg (like this one when talking to Inside The Ropes’ Kenny McIntosh last year).
Maybe he should give Matt Riddle a call.