WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg has recalled his meeting with WWE before he eventually chose to sign for their fierce rivals, WCW.
Goldberg made his name in the world of pro wrestling in WCW where he amassed an incredible undefeated streak on the way to becoming WCW World Champion in 1998. But all of that could have turned out very different as he revealed that he actually spoke to WWE about a deal first.
Speaking on the first Roman Atwood Podcast, Goldberg explained how it was through Jim Ross that he got an introduction to the then-WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon:
“I flew up to WWE and I met with them first. Jim Ross, who was a commentator, was also living in Tulsa, Oklahoma when I was growing up and he covered me in High School Football. He worked for WWE and I picked up the phone and called him and said ‘Please, just get me an introduction.'”
“[…] So I go in there and I meet with [Vince] and Jim Ross, and they offer me a training deal, and I flew back to Atlanta and I called the owner or the President of WCW.”
Goldberg then alluded to the Atlanta nightlife without giving away how he had become acquainted with then-WCW President Eric Bischoff:
“Our paths had crossed, I’m not gonna tell you how, but we had seen each other a number of times in a number of places. But I called him and said ‘Listen, here’s the deal. I want to do this wrestling gig. I’m not gonna be one of those $500 throw-around-the-ring punks, I’m gonna make a difference in this business. And that’s just the confidence that I had.”
Ultimately Goldberg wound up in WWE after WCW closed, first joining for a year in 2003 and then returning in stunning style at the 2016 Survivor Series. The former Universal Champion also recently revealed just how long is left on his current WWE deal.