WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg says that he is taking a risk every time that he steps back in the ring, admitting that he has tarnished his legacy in the process.
Goldberg was last seen in action at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, Spearing Bobby Lashley from the stage to the floor. The destruction of Lashley meant that Goldberg was finally able to put to bed his very personal feud with the All-Mighty, before riding off into the sunset.
While Goldberg hasn’t been a full-time performer since 2004, he has been appearing on a part-time basis for WWE since he shocked Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series in 2016.
Speaking in a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Goldberg reflected on his time with WWE, commenting that he believes that he has cemented his legacy. However, the Hall of Famer admits that his recent appearances have come at a price, explaining that he feels he’s already tarnished the legacy he fought so hard to create.
“I have cemented a legacy,
It’s been tarnished a little bit. There is a huge risk every time I come back, and that’s a challenge I’ve taken on. But looking at the whole, I am honoured and privileged to be Goldberg in the WCW days, and I am still honoured to be doing it today.
“I’m the last one that should pass judgment on his career. I try not to look back too often. I’m not a fatalist, but I don’t like the end of anything. If looking back brings me closer to the end, I’d rather wait until it’s over.”
The former Universal Champion also acknowledged the physical toll that competing takes on him as he gets older due to his in-ring style and move set.
“As a power wrestler, it’s tough,” Goldberg says. “It’s not easy to do this at my age. But I knew that, and I said the hell with it. For me, the prize is worth it, and that’s to open up opportunities for my son. If I can continue to do what I’m doing and continue to provide opportunities for him, then I’ll consider this a success.”
Goldberg has confirmed in numerous interviews that he has one match remaining on his current deal, while he recently hinted that any upcoming match would be his last. Despite this, the former WCW star explained that if WWE wanted him to come back, he would consider it.
“I’m focused on what’s next, If they want to come back to me with something, we’ll talk. You never know what the future holds.”
At time of writing there is no news on when Goldberg will return to the ring and complete his contract.