WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg has discussed ending Bret Hart’s career in WCW and explains why he is “done apologising” to The Hitman for it.
In 1999 WCW was starting to cool off after reaching peak popularity in the 2 years before, however, the company still boasted some of the biggest wrestling stars on the planet. Two of those stars were future WWE Hall of Famers Goldberg and Bret Hart.
At Starrcade in December 1999, Hart and Goldberg went one-on-one for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. During the bout, Goldberg delivered a mule kick to Hart that caused a severe concussion and was ultimately the reason that the Excellence of Execution had to hang up his boots.
Over the years, Bret Hart has been less than complimentary about Goldberg with Hart even saying that watching Goldberg continue to wrestle has been a “sore spot” for him.
Speaking to AEW’s Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Goldberg has discussed his view on the situation and says while he has apologised numerous times, now twenty-three years after the fact he’s done beating himself up over the incident:
“Well, yeah, but I get it. I mean, I understand, you know, to a point, but yeah 100% I mean, Bret Hart is still up here, man. I mean, he’s an idol to anybody and everybody who would have ever been in this business. You know, I’m a human being like everybody else, man. And there was absolutely no malicious intent whatsoever. None, zero.
So does it bother me? Yeah, I’ll take it to my grave. But you know, also, also, I gotta say, man, and I’ve kind of got it at a turning point. I’m done saying I’m sorry, I’ve said it a million times. And I’m not going to continue to tear myself down. I’m done. I said I’m sorry. If you can’t accept my apology. I’m really, you know, it is what it is. You got to move on and I moved on. So I won’t be breached in this subject too much more.”