It was announced during this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw that former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg would be a playable character in WWE 2K17 if you decide to pre-order the game. Similar to Sting and Ultimate Warrior, this pre-order exclusive was announced through a trailer for WWE’s new video game which starred Goldberg. This was big news for WWE and Goldberg as it likely means that more future involvement and collaboration between the two are in sight.
WWE.com recently conducted an exclusive interview with Goldberg where they discussed various topics, including: how he found out he was 2K’s choice, if he thought his tenure in WWE was a success, his disappointing match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX, and if he’s got any more matches left in him. The following are excerpts from that interview.
Finding out he was chosen for WWE 2K17’s pre-order exclusive.
“I just got the phone call. It was something that we had been in talks off and on over a number of years. As a father and an ex-wrestler, it’s a dream come true. To be able to come back and be included in WWE 2K17, it’s a huge honor. That the people would even want me back after such a long hiatus is another honor.”
If he thought his WWE tenure was successful.
“Hell yeah, it was successful. I got paid and I put smiles on people’s faces, so I don’t think you can say that it wasn’t a success by any stretch of the imagination. At the end of the day, leaving WrestleMania, having my hand raised, beating Brock Lesnar… I’d say it was a pretty successful tenure.”
How he felt about his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XX, which was Goldberg’s last match with WWE.
“We were behind the eight ball from the beginning. What could have been arguably the most vicious and intense match that WWE or any wrestling ring has ever seen, bar none, the potential for that match was not reached by any question. People knew that we were both leaving, so what do you expect? I may have acted the same way as the fans. I don’t blame them one bit.
“There were some good moments from [the match]. Any time I get in the ring with Brock Lesnar and go toe-to-toe and have some fun … I’m an athlete, bro. I’m a competitor; that’s what I do till the day I die. I’m going to be that guy.”
If he has any more matches left in him.
“I’ve got 50 more in me. It just depends on the ability to keep it up to my standards. I love everybody to death and I greatly appreciate their opinions, but none of it matters except for mine, because I hold myself to such high standards.
“The reality is, you’ve got movies, TV appearances, a kid, you’re 49 years old … things aren’t like they used to be. It’s a completely different day. I’m 20 to 30 pounds less than what I was because I just don’t need to be that dude with traps from his ears to his shoulders. Would I like to be that guy again? Absolutely. He’s still in there.”
Goldberg goes on to talk about how Sting was the reason he got into the wrestling business, his transition from WCW to WWE, his mentors in the business and much more! You can read this interview in it’s entirety by clicking right here.
Picture used above is courtesy of WWE.com.