By now, everyone knows that Bill Goldberg is back, baby! Back in WWE and gearing up for a rematch 12 years in the making, as he will face off against Brock Lesnar at the Survivor Series in November. His big return to Raw two weeks ago was a huge success, but this past week’s episode featured Paul Heyman trying everything in his power to make the Minnesota crowd root for Goldberg, only to see them cheer lustily for hometown hero Lesnar instead. It was a disaster on every level, and it led to questions about how Goldberg will be received when he finally gets back in the ring after a 12-year hiatus.
Goldberg was the guest on a recent episode of Jim Ross’ The Ross Report podcast, and he’s taking the reaction he got (in absentia) in Minnesota in stride. He’s not particularly concerned about whether fans treat him as a heel or a babyface when he gets into the ring in Toronto.
“At the end of the day, I hope everybody has fun. And if I just so happen to get booed, then, I am surely not going to go out and end my life because of it. At the end of the day, it’s other people’s interpretation upon your act at that moment, so if I get booed, then, I’ll take it out on Brock more so than I’m doing already. And I believe that that’s what we wanted to do to each other when we were booed the last time we met. And I think this time, the gloves, as we say, are off, so this is going to be a war.”
He just wants everyone to have a good time! He really is super dad! He also went on record as saying he believes his match against Lesnar will “far exceed expectations as far as violence is concerned.” Given that their initial meeting at WrestleMania XX was one of the least violent matches in history, they have a fairly low bar to clear.
I’m glad that Goldberg is being such a cool dad about all this. He wants you to know that if you’re ever too drunk to drive, you can call him and he’ll come pick you up. And you know he won’t be mad or disappointed.
(h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription)