Bret Hart has admitted that seeing Goldberg wrestle in Saudi Arabia for huge sums of money after he ended his career has “always been a sore spot.”
December 19th 1999 was a day that changed Bret Hart’s life forever. At Starrcade, The Hitman defended his World Heavyweight Championship in the main event against Goldberg in a no Disqualification Match.
However, during the bout, Goldberg accidentally levelled Hart with a stiff kick to the head causing him to suffer a severe concussion. Despite this, the match continued to it’s planned conclusion. Although, clearly all was not well with Hart and he was forced to retire from in-ring competition as a result of his injuries.
The WWE Hall of Famer wrestled his last ‘proper’ match on the January 10th episode of Monday Nitro against Kevin Nash.
In the years that followed his retirement, Hart has often hit out at Goldberg over being dangerous in the ring, even recently comparing him unfavourably with Brock Lesnar.
Speaking in a new interview with Lucha Libre Online, Hart admitted that seeing Goldberg wrestle into his 50’s for huge sums of money in Saudi Arabia remains a sore spot, as he had that opportunity taken away.
“I think, for me, it’s always been a bit of a sore spot; it always makes me kind of mad that some guy is flying all the way over to Saudi Arabia and making 3 million dollars in a match and the same guy is the guy that kicked me in the head and never thought about me or what he cost me and my family and what he did to me,”
It was recently revealed that Bret Hart has a merchandising contract with WWE, despite speculation linking him with appearances in AEW.
Meanwhile, Goldberg hasn’t wrestled since taking on Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber in February. At the time the former WCW star revealed that the match the last on his current WWE contract. It is unclear whether the star will return to the ring.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.