WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg has recalled breaking his hand on a door when he was asked to stop using his traditional headbutt.
Bill Goldberg is well-known for both his mammoth undefeated streak in WCW, multiple World Championship reigns, and an entrance that sees cameras following him and a security team from his locker room to the ring.
The WWE Hall of Famer used to have a pre-match ritual that saw him headbutt the door before coming through it. This infamously led to him suffering a concussion ahead of his match with The Undertaker at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking on the RomanAtwoodPodcast, Goldberg revealed that the headbutt was causing concern much earlier in his WWE career. He recalled that, back in 2003, Stephanie McMahon asked him to stop doing it.
“Stephanie came up to me backstage one night and said, ‘I heard you’ve been headbutting the doors.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I’ve got to be me.’ She goes, ‘I don’t want you headbutting anymore doors.'”
However, Goldberg went on to explain that his alternative, punching the door instead, caused him to injure himself on live TV.
“I wanted to make sure that I was following her orders — they knock on my door. Wham! I punch the door and broke my hand. I never told them about it. So then, what am I going to do? ‘Time out!’ It’s freaking live television.
“So, I punch the door. They’re on the other side of the door, they don’t know what’s going on … I wear these gloves, right? So, fortunately, I grabbed my glove and pulled my hand back out so I could move it.
“And I go, ‘Okay, let’s go to the ring.’ So I went to the ring, I grab the rope and I fell. And it was the night Steve Austin and I met for the first time, I think, and we did the beer bash.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.