Goldberg has admitted that he will never be ready to call time on his career, but doesn’t want to take anyone’s spot.
Goldberg made his most recent return to WWE television on the February 4th episode of Friday Night SmackDown. As Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman celebrated costing Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, they were interrupted by the WWE Hall of Famer.
While Goldberg acknowledged Roman Reigns, he quickly switched tact, adding that Reigns would be his next victim. It was later confirmed that the two men will meet at Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia on February 19th.
Interestingly, the upcoming bout is reportedly the last match on Goldberg’s WWE contract. This has led to speculation suggesting that the WCW legend might soon be hanging up his boots. Despite this, it has been suggested that the star might still sign a new deal.
Appearing on WWE After The Bell, Goldberg addressed his status with the company, explaining that if he wins the Universal Championship he won’t walk out on WWE with the title.
“I would not ride off in the sunset if I was victorious by any stretch of the imagination because a champions responsibility is to be there on television and represent to the ‘nth’ degree. If I was victorious, I would not run out of here, I would not hold anybody up, I would not do anything like that because of what the business has given me. I’m not that guy anymore.
It does present a very interesting predicament. I try not to look past my current adversary. I’ll deal with that situation afterwards. For right now, this could be the last one. I have to go out the right way. I’m gonna try to break Roman’s face and every other part of his body so I can be the Universal Champion,”
The former World Champion added that he finds the prospect of this potentially being his last match an extra motivating factor.
“It’s quite motivating. My family won’t be there. Do I want to go out like that? No. Not at all. There is a lot going through my mind in preparation for this. It’s been hard to keep my eye on the prize because I’ve been derailed mentally a few ways leading into this match. I take it one step at a time.”
Despite this, Goldberg revealed that he’ll never be ready to call time on his career, although by the same token he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome and take someone else’s spot.
“No. I’ll never be ready to be done. It’s something that…I can’t explain it. Once a warrior, always a warrior, you’ll never take it out of me….It’s a conundrum, it really is. I don’t want to tarnish anything, I don’t want to insult anybody. I don’t want to take a spot that’s not mine, but somebody had faith in me and I need to reflect upon that and have faith in myself. This business, this life, especially during these times, it’s not hard to second guess yourself, your decisions.
I’m not going to cry or play a fiddle or make an excuse, I just have to be me. If there’s enough of me to still do what is asked from me, then I’m still here and I’m not going anywhere. That’s a different aspect of the preparation. it’s tough not to think about all that leading up to tomorrow, but I’m human. It’s an interesting situation.”
You can view the updated card for Elimination Chamber below.
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Goldberg (Universal Championship)
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Riddle vs. Seth Freakin’ Rollins vs. AJ Styles vs. Austin Theory (Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship)
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lita (Raw Women’s Championship)
- Doudrop vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair vs. Nikki A.S.H. vs. Liv Morgan vs Alexa Bliss (Elimination Chamber Match)
- Ronda Rousey & Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville (Ronda Rousey must wrestle with one arm behind her back)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss (Falls Count Anywhere)
- The Usos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders (SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
- Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.