“That Situation Was Extremely Difficult” – WWE Icon Goldberg Opens Up on His WrestleMania Match Against Braun Strowman

Published 01/29/2021, 7:15 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 18: Actor/ Former WCW/WWE wrestler Bill Goldberg attends Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on June 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)


Wrestling icon Goldberg officially returned to WWE earlier this year on the RAW Legends Night. This was his first appearance after WrestleMania 36 last year.

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Goldberg lost his WWE Universal title to Braun Strowman on the first night of the two-part pay-per-view. Originally, he was supposed to face Roman Reigns, but ‘The Big Dog‘ pulled out of the match because of the pandemic. Strowman replaced him at the last minute and won the title.

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In a recent interview with Ryan Satin on Fox, Goldberg spoke about his dissatisfaction with his last match. Although he is back, his contract only grants him two matches per year, so he will soon be out of WWE again.

In the interview, Goldberg revealed that the match became difficult for multiple reasons.

It was miserable. It was very–you know, that situation was extremely difficult. Whether it was just dealing with the COVID, whether it was dealing with the last-minute change of the opponent, whether it was dealing with having to stay and change my itinerary literally on the fly when I hit the ground. It was a very stressful 48 hours

It was very stressful for him, and he could not voice his opinion as it was not his job.

“I always, when I’m brought back, would like to have had a very meaningful storyline and build up to every match or potential match that I’m involved in. It’s only fair to the fans. It’s only fair to my opponent, and it’s only fair to me,” revealed Goldberg.

Goldberg was not ready for Braun Strowman

As he kept talking about the WrestleMania match, Goldberg said how he trained to face Reigns and not Goldberg. The last-minute change of plans made him want to forget the match itself.

You know, Braun and I had the match-up. I wasn’t prepared for Braun, I wasn’t prepared for a 340-pound guy, I just wasn’t. I was completely locked in on Roman Reigns.

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Goldberg even said that the last-minute decision took the passion out of his win-ring work, and he wants to forget everything about that match.

“To have that switched at the last second was not the best day I had in the wrestling business by any stretch of the imagination. Because I think it took my passion out of it that day. There were so many circumstances surrounding what happened that day, it was something I’d just rather forget.”

Right now, the former Universal Champion has his eyes on Drew McIntyre‘s WWE title and will face him at the upcoming Royal Rumble. Roman Reigns is the current Universal Champion and he will defend his title against Kevin Owens in a ‘last-man-standing’ match.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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