Pro wrestling legend Goldberg is this week’s guest on Turnbuckle Weekly with Chuck Carroll.
Close your eyes and think back to the height of the Monday Night Wars. It’s easy to picture the bright lights of WCW’s Monday Nitro shining as chants of “Goldberg… Goldberg… Goldberg…” rain down from even the upper reaches of the arena.
As Bobby Heenan would say, he is the man!
Even though it’s been well over a decade since his unprecedented winning streak and he’s long since wrestled his final match, Goldberg is still one of the most popular grapplers with fans.
Since stepping away from the ring, he’s stepped behind the microphone and recently began hosting his own podcast, “Who’s Next with Goldberg.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s harder, it’s just another animal all in and of itself,” he said.
The big question everybody wants to know is whether he’ll ever be hopping back in the ring. In this business, the answer is always going to be “never say never,” but as of now there don’t appear to be any plans in the works.
He told me about a recent autograph signing where he tried to mend fences with Scott Hall, but ultimately walked away disappointed. Bad blood between the two kept them from speaking for years.
Goldberg wanted to extend an olive branch at the signing and the face-to-face meeting went well. According to Goldberg, he later found out that Hall declined to sign an autograph for a terminally ill child and was bitterly disappointed.
However, he did offer some insight as to why fellow WCW legend Sting is dipping his toes in WWE waters, but has yet to agree to actually wrestle a match for Vince McMahon.
“It’s a guy like Sting. It’s a guy like me that makes decisions not based upon wrestling logic, but based upon individual needs and desires. There’s a lot that plays into these things. It’s taken him this long to be a member of the WWE. He’s surely not going to make a hasty decision about anything.”
I had the opportunity to catch up with Goldberg as he prepared to make an appearance for to raise awareness for The Drive to Feed, which is an initiative to help cure world hunger. It’s a cause that hits close to home for the former NFL player turned wrestler.
“I know that the school that my kid goes to, two out of five kids get their only substantial meal when they’re at school,” he said. That’s a pretty alarming statistic.”
You can listen to the entire interview above. Here is a look at everything we discussed:
* Is radio harder than he expected?
* Tony Stewart was a guest on his show, thoughts on his situation
* Choosing which wrestling appearance to make
* Meeting Scott Hall again
* Sting in WWE
* Thoughts on Roman Reigns spear
* Is Hard Knocks good or bad for the NFL?
* Will the Seahawks repeat as Super Bowl Champions?
And a few highlights to whet your appetite…
Will Sting wrestle in WWE?
You never know what WWE is doing. You never know what any of these guys are doing. You don’t know if they’re publicizing it to ramp up for an in-ring return or an appearance of if they’re just hinting at it so that they can sell more video games. You just never know.
What wrestling appearance he’ll make (mostly signings)
I obviously look at the roster before I choose to attend one of these, which plays a huge role in whether I do it or not. For the most part it’s a good time.
Tony Stewart situation
It’s a tragedy on both sides. Nobody knows what happened. Nobody knows what’s in Tony’s mind. Everybody knows his past as far as his aggressive driving and his willingness to trade paint, which is what NASCAR is all about. … I think the only fault of Tony in this situation is being part of the group of guys the last 20 years that have shown their emotion on television and have been allowed to get out of their cars and do whatever it is they have done. They set bad examples for kids like (Kevin) Ward. … I just don’t think it’s within the realm of possibility that Tony Stewart could run somebody down. There’s zero validity to that.
The full interview can be heard at the top of the page.
Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.
Follow him on Twitter @TheChuckCarroll.