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Goldberg Enjoyed Working With Kevin Owens, Talks Being Booed at Hall of Fame

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 07/05/18


Goldberg spoke with Digital Spy for an interview and discussed working with Kevin Owens, the reaction to him at the Hall of Fame ceremony and more. Highlights are below:

On working with Kevin Owens: ďIt was cool. I mean, you know, itís tough. Iím greatly appreciative that he was a professional storyline-wise, and I went out there and beat him in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, I wasnít able to have a little program with him of any substance because it was a conduit to get to getting somewhere else. And heís a great worker. Great heel. Heís a good kid. And it would have been exciting to be able to smash him a couple more times, as opposed to just once or twice. For a guy like me to go back, itís tough to sit and have programs with all the guys that you want and with all the newcomers, because itís just not apples to apples anymore. Iíve created something very fortunately with the help of a lot of people and thatís what I stand on now. And thank God for that, because Iíd hate to have to come back and earn my stripes again. You know, Kevinís a great talent, and like I said, thereís a number of guys Iíd love to work with, but things are a little different now.Ē

On fans cheering his initial return, but booing him at this the WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony: ďI can understand a little bit in that I was extremely limited when I came back. I think I did three moves, and that gets old. I mean, when youíre in your prime and have three moves, thatís one thing, but when Iím asked only to do a pretty short skill set, it further reinforces why theyíd probably want to boo. That, and I mean, letís just take the Hall of Fame induction night. I mean, I spoke to Vince and thatís gotta be changed. It has to be. It does a disservice to the people being inducted, it does a disservice to the people watching at home, and as you watch the crowd dissipate, it does a disservice to the people watching in person. These days, itís a whole new generation of kids, I mean, a couple generations since Iíve been in there, seemingly. But, you know, itís all about them. ĎHey, look at me. I wanna take a video on my cell phone and show everybody where I am and what Iím eating and what Iím wearing and what Iím doingí. Itís too much. They want to be the ones that start that goofy chant. They want to be the ones to mess the guy up when heís doing his promo. I remember a day where they sat back and were entertained by what we did. They didnít try to dictate everything. Now, they wanna dictate stuff. So, you know, I jumped on them a little bit after [WrestleMania] that night, when I got a little indifferent when I went out there and was speaking from my heart. I will have absolutely none of that. There are repercussions in this world still today, and some of these fans who are nothing but poison to the rest of them, they need to have repercussions, too. I donít know what they are, but maybe the rest of the fans need to single them out. Itís not fair to the kids out there busting their ass, bleeding, you know, going night after night after night on the road, being away from their families only out there to entertain the fans. And itís kinda gotten to a point where I wouldnít put up with it anymore. Somethingís gotta be changed. But, maybe thatís just me the old man talking.Ē

On Stingís influence on his career: ďYou know, Iíll be honest with you, man. I was a professional football player, okay. And I met a number of these guys throughout the years being in Atlanta. And I always thought [wrestling] was kinda goofy. I did. Being a professional football player and going out there and trying to kill the guy every single play, and then I segue into a business to where Iím acting like Iím [doing that], it was just weird for me. And so, it was tough for me to make the decision, to pull the trigger and actually do it. Until I met Sting. And getting to know him, and getting to know the person that he was, the morals he had, the way he carried himself, I looked at him and said, well hell, if he can do it, I can do it. Period, end of story. With all the craziness that happens in the wrestling world, that can happen in the wrestling world, he was kind of a voice of reason. There was not a time that he didnít help me, and I can never thank him enough for thatÖ Iíve got so much respect for the guy, I donít have a bad thing to say about him.Ē