Submission Radio with Bill Goldberg
Interview available at Youtube.com/watch?v=xVrZaEqb1EA
On being in Indianapolis on the same day as WWE Clash of Champions: “Oh man, I’ll be featured on Bischoff’s Podcast event. That’s about it in Indianapolis. It’s purely coincidence, man. It is what it is. I’m by no means trying to bilk off of WWE being in town. It was something that I found out kind of afterwards. But for a promoter, it’s a great idea. To get Bischoff and I together anywhere is a great idea because I haven’t seen him or been around him since I left the world of professional wrestling in WCW. To be on his podcast and for him to ask me those smart ass questions that I know he’s going to ask me, I think that may be very entertaining for the people who attend, because hopefully the ones in the first couple of rows will get some blood splattered on them when I squeeze his head like a pimple. But the truth is, he’s the one who got me into the business. He and I have a long history and we got a lot of dirt on each other. So I don’t know how deep we’re going to go, but I think it’s going to be quite entertaining for everybody. And like I said, Brock knows where the gym is, Brock knows where I live, and I’m not contractually bound to any deal with the WWE. So I have no business being around anything they’re doing right now and it’s purely by coincidence. But hey, I could get a phone call between now and then. You never know.”
If anyone from the WWE has reached out to invite him to the event cause they’re going to be in the same area at the same time: “Oh man, they don’t do that. They’ve got their own agenda, man. I’m a 49-year-old has-been over here that just so happens to be in their new video game, and it’s an honor for me to do it. It’s an honor for me to take place in it and hey, I have no issues with them anymore. Like I said, to be able to do anything with them at this point it is a true testament to my ability to deliver for my son. So that’s it.”
Thoughts on WWE cross-promoting with the UFC with Brock Lesnar, and Conor McGregor calling WWE Wrestlers ‘dweebs’ and saying he’d “slap the heads off the entire WWE roster’: “I thought the funniest thing I’ve ever seen was (Randy) Orton calling him ‘Conor McDonald’. I think that is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Hey man, you have to embrace it. It’s the same crowd. One grows up and feeds into the other. You can’t tell me, and I said this before, that 75 percent of the guys wouldn’t die to be professional wrestlers that are fighting, and vice versa. We have a lot respect for each other, a lot of us train in martial arts and a lot of them walk around and act like they’re us. So the cross-promotion – Dana White is Vince McMahon in training. I’ve said that 20 years ago. I think it’s business, I think it’s smart business. Whether it’s (Ronda Rousey) at Wrestlemania, whether Conor is working this thing. I can tell you one thing, I was around when Brock responded to Conor (laughs) and nothing that Brock does is a work. So the words that came out of his mouth, he fully believes and I do also. And I think that if it wasn’t a work, then it’s a sad situation when you have to talk crap about other organizations that you know your paths are never going to cross competitively. So at the end of the day, you’re kind of like a keyboard warrior unless you want to step into the guy’s gym or unless you want to do it on TV, you know, meet in the middle. I always thought that was kind of cheap, but hey, you know, he (Conor McGregor) doesn’t know what he’s talking about if he actually thinks that. I think that the cross-promotion is brilliant, as long as it doesn’t get hokey for the UFC and as long as WWE can capitalise on the realism of what the UFC brings. It sure enhances Brock’s stock when he walks over to do sports entertainment, I mean, let’s be honest.”
Goldberg on whether CM Punk should fight in the UFC again: “There’s no question he should not fight in the UFC. That would be blasphemy. It would be a slap in the face to all the guys who work their asses off to make it to prelims on Fox, on undercards and on the main event card. At the end of the day, from a promoter’s standpoint, from a competitor’s standpoint, from his standpoint, there’s no logic to him stepping in that octagon again. If he still has the passion for it and wants to train and compete, then yeah, lower-level shows are where he needs to be. Because at the end of the day, you know he’ll get “seat time”. That’s my analogy cause I like to race cars, but you know, the more “seat time” you get, the better you are at something. And, you know, I spent eight three-minute rounds this morning and though I didn’t go one-hundred percent and I didn’t kick, I just went hands, at the end of the day, every little bit helps you. So the more time he has at his new craft or his passion, then the better he’s going to get at it, the more comfortable he’ll be.”
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