A former WCW star and one of the men responsible for the career of Goldberg says he was supposed to beat the WWE Hall Of Famer on pay-per-view but plans changed.
DeWayne Bruce [also known as Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker] was a trainer at WCW’s Power Plant training facility when the former Atlanta Falcons player Bill Goldberg joined the ranks of wannabe wrestlers. Fans in the UK may remember Parker as the stern coach who made Louis Theroux vomit after the iconic documentary maker questioned the legitimacy of wrestling.
In 2001 long after Goldberg’s renowned undefeated streak had ended, Bruce and Goldberg teamed up to face the team of Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger at the Sin pay-per-view in January. The stipulation was that if Goldberg and Parker lost the match Goldberg would be forced to leave the company. Bruce and Goldberg did lose the match and it would mark the last time Goldberg set foot in a WCW ring as the company closed only two months later.
Now in a conversation with Pro Wrestling Defined, DeWayne Bruce has revealed that the match at Sin could have been very different with Bruce originally meant to beat his former charge.
“I was supposed to beat Bill at Sin. Yeah, yeah, I was supposed to beat him. I was experiencing migraines and different things through my career taking these stupid bumps. And, well, they’re all worth something, you know. I [set up] the ring, came back from the gym, and I had a super migraine going on. Bill goes, ‘Hey, you’re gonna beat me.’ I was like, ‘I’m gonna beat you? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t want to beat you.’ But that was just a reaction coming from me at that moment“
“Now, looking back, seeing what that would have done for my career, and that he was willing to give something back like that, that’s pretty special. Sometimes I do think about it but I try to keep it out of my mind. You can’t live in the past, right?”
Former WWE star Rodney Mack has recently discussed Goldberg and the former WCW World Champion’s reluctance to beat Mack in WWE.