Goldberg has stated why he believes the dream match between himself and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin never took place.
When WWE purchased WCW in 2001, many saw Goldberg vs. Austin as a dream match that they hoped would take place in the near future. Unfortunately, this match never came to be, with The Texas Rattlesnake retiring from in-ring competition shortly before Goldberg arrived in WWE.
Goldberg, who recently was a guest on the Talk is Jericho podcast, went into more detail about the dream match that never happened. The former Universal Champion wanted the match to happen, but felt like Austin’s neck issues prevented the dream becoming a reality:
There’s no question that I wish it would have happened. I mean, that was the match to have. Why it never happened? I think 90% of the reasoning behind that was his neck issues. And my thing is moves, right? Whether it’d be the spear, whether it be the Jackhammer, I don’t think those are moves that he would have wanted to do, nor what his boss would have wanted him to do. I think it was the safety issue more so than anything, but it was and it was never really discussed. We were never really in a room together and it wasn’t a subject matter. And I always wish that it was, I never really brought it up. Because again, that’s not my place. I like to think that I show up and I do what people tell me to do and I tried to do it to the best of my ability. So I wasn’t ever politicking for it, but there’s no question that it’s a dream match that never happened.
The two superstars would appear in a ring together at WrestleMania 20, where Austin would serve as the special guest referee in a match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. In the same conversation, Goldberg stated his feelings about the negatively received WrestleMania 20 match:
Looking back on it, I think the match wasn’t that bad. I haven’t seen anybody press Brock over his head before and you know, the things like that get overlooked in a debacle. It was tough. If I could have been anywhere else on the planet at that time, I would have wished to have been there, because I got absolutely no love and and Brock, you know, if you look at my words on that documentary, when I’m saying f the people, I’m trying to get Brock to calm down so he doesn’t rip my head off. Because he was p*ssed, as p*ssed as I was. Yeah, you know, I got it, I understood, I didn’t really know his situation. But it looked like he wanted to kill me. And, you know, I was a big bad dude back then. But as you know, Brock’s got that wrestling background. And it would have been interesting, man, for sure. But I had to, I had to try to calm him. And, you know, again, I can see how the public takes that little clip and goes ‘Oh Goldberg never liked the business or the people.’ That’s bullsh*t. I was just trying to calm a beast down. You know, it was a tough night. It was and I you know, I love to put that behind me. But you know, you have to look back on it, reflect and try to pull something positive out of it. The positive is that, you know, I changed exponentially over the number of years that passed and I came back and I kind of made amends with myself. You know, so it’s, everything happens for a reason, man.
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