Goldberg has opened up about the dream match that never was, discussing how a “timing issue” preventing him from taking on Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Speaking ahead of the Royal Rumble with WWE UK, the two-time WWE Universal Champion opened up about how he would have loved to have faced Stone Cold in the ring, after being asked about the potential for a dream match with the Texas Rattlesnake.
“Oh my god, I wouldn’t be living and breathing if I didn’t make that statement. There was no other match for my sake that needed to happen more so than that one. It was a timing issue, it was just a timing issue, and an injury issue. I love him exponentially, man, he’s a great dude and to have graced the ring with him in a match would have been absolutely phenomenal.”
The pair would barb about their comparisons and who was the “copycat” on The Broken Skull Sessions, and The Icon would also open up about the comparisons between himself and Austin, saying it “p*ssed both men off” – claiming he took it as a particular slight due to their size difference.
“Well, firstly, he should be flattered because I’m a hell of lot better looking than he is. It used to really p*ss both of us off. We’ve talked about this exponentially because I like to say we’re pretty good friends. I always took it personally and it made me mad because Steve Austin is, like, 250lbs and I was like 285lbs / 290lbs. So I thought that if they thought I was Steve, then they thought I was small… I took that as a slight. Not because they thought I was Steve Austin the awesome wrestler, but because I was small. So there’s another layer to it. Throughout the years we used to both get really p*ssed off, now I think it’s hilarious. We actually try to bring it up to each other when it happens. It’s pretty fun.
Goldberg takes on WWE Champion Drew McIntyre at the Royal Rumble this Sunday live on the WWE Network.