Exclusive Ring Rust Radio interview with WCW and WWE legend Bill Goldberg
hosts of Ring Rust Radio – Donald Wood, Mike Chikari and the other one –
recently had the chance to speak with WCW and WWE legend Bill Goldberg. Along
with discussing his role in the upcoming film “Check Point,” Goldberg talks
about returning to wrestling, a dream final match, his time in WWE and more.
You can listen to this interview on the YouTube link below or continue past to
read the entire interview here.
Ring Rust Radio: You are staring in
the upcoming film “Check Point.” You play TJ, a major character who requires
you to bring both acting skill and fighting skill. Tell the fans what they can
expect from your character and the movie as a whole?
Goldberg: The movie as a whole is in modern times, end of days, the
possibility of home grown insurgence this day and age of terrorism. It’s about
never letting our guard down cause it could happen on U.S. soil and in our own
back yard. My character is a hand-to-hand combat veteran with a couple of tours
now finds himself as a delivery man in a small town in North Carolina. Among
the other civilians in town, there are a plethora of veterans strewn
throughout. Ranging from the Vietnam War to the Afghanistan War with all sorts
of different types of specialties. At the end of the day, they find out the
terror cell is in their own back yard and they band together in a rag-tag team
of veterans that try to take them down.
Ring Rust Radio: Earlier this year,
you had the chance to step into the ring for another spear and jackhammer at
Citi Field. How did hitting your moves feel after so long away from the ring
and did it give you the itch to consider another run as a competitor?
Goldberg: The itch will always be there because I am always a
competitor and my wife and son have never seen me wrestle. Let me be clear
though, that itch won’t supersede my ability to be a businessman. The itch is
always there, it’s there three times a week when I walk into my Muay Thai gym
and put the gloves and shin pads on. It was a very special circumstance at Citi
Field and ironically now the Mets are in the World Series. It was something I
chose to do and thought was appropriate at the time. It was not me coming out
of retirement by any means. I am a part owner of Legends of Wrestling so if I
want to go out there and pick and choose my spot to do something interesting,
then that’s what I do with no motives behind it. I am a competitor and always
have that itch until the day I die, but I won’t let the itch supersede being a
Ring Rust Radio: If you could choose
your ideal opponent for a final match, who would it be and why?
Goldberg: It would be Austin for sure. Brock would be a good one
since we have unfinished business. At the end of the day that everyone clamors
for, and I even clamor for, would be Austin and me. There will always be a
question mark there unless we were to do something one on one. It’s kind of a
match made in heaven.
Ring Rust Radio: Brock Lesnar is the
biggest draw in WWE today, and you had the opportunity to lock horns with him
in a dream match at WrestleMania 20, but it wasn’t necessarily received as well
as expected by the live crowd since they knew both you and Brock were leaving
WWE afterward. How do you view that match looking back? Were you happy with it?
Is there anything you would’ve changed?
Goldberg: No, I mean you play the cards you are dealt. At the end of
the day, we were up against an impossible task to entertain a group of people
that 100 percent know you are both leaving after that match. Utter distain is
what we received from the fans. Would I change anything about? Yeah, I would
change everything about it. At the end of the day, if you take it for what it
was, it was an interesting match. The overtone was so skewed, it was just such
a weird situation and insurmountable task. Would I change anything? Yes. Would
I change everything? Yes.
Ring Rust Radio: Mike mentioned the
negative crowd reaction from WrestleMania 20 and crowds of recent years have
become very hostile and can throw out some pretty harsh chants. As a performer,
what is typically the reaction to the crowd, do you just take it in stride or
do you find it disrespectful?
Goldberg: It’s a totally different crowd these days. I can’t speak to
it since I don’t have much experience with them. Coming out at Citi Field and
doing my thing and certain appearances, I interact with them. It’s a total
different information age with the crowd out there now. It seems as if they
kind of dictate things, but at the end of the day you go out and do your job
and follow your directions.
Ring Rust Radio: You’ve said in
previous interviews that you never truly felt welcomed in WWE and never felt
like you were “one of them” after making the leap from WCW. In your opinion,
why did you and WWE never truly click? Why wasn’t the relationship as fruitful
as it could have been?
Goldberg: Because I was a football player and competitor in life and
those were a bunch of fraternity boys.
Ring Rust Radio: You appeared on
Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, which is a show I'm a big fan of. What are your
thoughts of Donald Trump running for president and if he won, do you think he
would make a good president?
Goldberg: I think if he won, I would move to Canada. I think he would
be a horrible President. At the end of the day, when you are in the front
office, your tenure is dictated by the people surrounding you. To think that
Donald Trump could have his finger over the big red button is absolutely