Ahead of his clash with Roman Reigns, Goldberg has reminded the Universal Champion that he has a 100% record against his family, and he has no intention of letting it go.
After returning to WWE on the February 4th edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Goldberg has his sights firmly set on Roman Reigns and his prized Universal Championship.
A showdown between the pair had originally been scheduled for WrestleMania 36, but Reigns pulled out as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold. Furthermore, Goldberg is well aware that the Roman Reigns of 2022, is vastly different to the Reigns of 2020.
During an appearance on WWE’s The Bump alongside Ron Simmons and JBL, the WWE Hall of Famer admitted that despite his dislike for the Tribal Chief he has his respect.
“I mean, as much as I have as much disdain I have for Roman and his position right now, I do ultimately respect him because he followed in the footsteps of guys like myself and Ron [Simmons]. Now, granted, he probably will be much more successful than myself. But at the end of the day, it’s not only the physical attributes, but it’s the mental aspect of the game.
“I’m about 10 days away from Game Day and right now, I’ve already made that transition into Godzilla. It’s tough to be around me at this point, in a lot of respects, but I know where I have to be, and I have to be in the zone.
I have to bring 1,000% of what Goldberg used to be and what he currently is to be able to compete against a guy like Roman right now. But I can do it, I have the faith in myself and truthfully, I’m doing it for guys like Ron, I’m doing it for all the guys who stepped before me because I’ve got the torch right now and one of these days, I get to hand it off. But right now Roman actually wants to steal it from me and I’m not going to let him.”
Although Goldberg conceded that he wasn’t the athlete that he once was, he was keen to remind Reigns that he holds a 100% record over his extended family. The WCW legend famously overcame The Rock in his first match in WWE in 2003, later defeating 3 Minute Warning, which included the man who would become Umaga and Reigns’ brother Rosey.
“First and foremost, I’m batting 1000 against his family. I’ve never lost anybody he’s related to. So that’s something that I want to carry on and true. He’s got quite a different character athlete than two years ago. He’s progressed, he’s evolved, and he’s much more dangerous than he was back then. I probably have gone the other way. But I’ve always said that 70% of Goldberg is 100% better than 99% of the people out there. So I still believe that I can rip his face off, and as long as I think that, as long as I’m prepared as much as I can be physically for it, it’s still attainable.”
The bout with Reigns is the last on Goldberg’s current WWE deal, although he is expected to re-sign.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.