Goldberg Discusses His First Encounter With Vince McMahon


Goldberg has given an insight in to his first meeting with Vince McMahon, and how it was far from a “warm and fuzzy” affair.

When WCW eventually closed its solo doors in 2001, Goldberg was still one of the kingpins of the promotion. Although his undefeated streak was long since gone, it was still etched in the memory of fans and he remained one of wrestling’s megastars.

Although plenty of people imagined that dream matches with the likes of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and The Rock were imminent, Goldberg wouldn’t go on to put pen to paper with WWE until 2003 due to the amount of time left on his deal with Time Warner.

Despite the television “war” between WWE and WCW being long done by that point, it has been noted that many former Turner employees felt they weren’t welcome when they eventually made the switch, being seen as “the enemy”.

In an interview on Talk Is Jericho, Goldberg seemed to confirm a lot of these feelings, discussing how his first meeting with Vince McMahon made him feel like an outsider from the company.

It was not warm and fuzzy by any stretch of the imagination. No, it was not. The first year that I was at the WWE from what I can remember was one of the most stressful years of my entire life. And like I say, some of the things may have been fabricated in my own mind to lobotomize me but I felt as though I was still the enemy walking in the locker room. You know, everybody going What the hell is this guy doing here? And I’ve always felt like an outsider but never as much as I did then.

Goldberg also recently spoke of how he knocked himself out during a WCW World Championship match.

With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.