Bill Goldberg did an interview with Jonathan Coachman on ESPNEWS SportsCenter on Wednesday night. As rumors are flying that Goldberg, who bitterly left WWE in 2004, is set to have a rematch against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series in November, this interview was of much intrigue.
The first few minutes of the interview were warmup. Goldberg said –somewhat unbelievably given a) the present rumors, and b) his deal to appear in WWE’s game video game that he was doing the interview to promote — that he hasn’t talked to Vince McMahon since he left the company.
While Coach didn’t ask Goldberg directly about the Survivor Series news that was reported by their mutual former colleague Jim Ross, he did ask about a potential in-ring return, to which Goldberg expressed both interest and hesitation. Uproxx transcribed Goldberg’s answer (around 4:45-mark of video above):
“I’ve been preparing to answer that question for 12 years. Look at me, Coach. I’m an old man, here, I’m 49 years old. A guy like Ric Flair at 49 can go out and do his character, a guy at 49 to go out and do Goldberg again? I don’t know what the odds are. I want the ability to be that guy again, but there’s a compromise there. To be that guy at 49 years old, do you risk losing your legacy?”
“… I really want to do it, but is it smart for me to do? Is it something that I’m going to regret? But, you know, who knows?
“There’s a plethora of people that I haven’t had the opportunity to kick their ass yet, so the list would be very long. But I would be remiss in saying that I don’t owe Brock Lesnar a rematch … I think that if I ever came back, that’d be the match.”
My two cents: Goldberg sounds like a man who could be convinced for the right dollar figure.