In a promo after Raw went off the air, Bill Goldberg appeared in front of the Raw crowd in Orlando, FL to cut a promo. This segment aired on WWE Network as a part of “Raw Talk.” The following are bullet-point highlights:
- Goldberg started by saying this wasn’t a part of the show. “Here are the facts,” he said. He told the fans that he was approached about returning for the first time in 13 years back in October of last year. He admitted he had to think about his physical shape, age, and desire.
- It seemed there was a pocket of fans that got rowdy and he barked at them that he wasn’t reading from “a damn script” and would appreciate it if they would listen.
- He said that some fans may have wanted the invincible guy they saw 13 years ago, and he still is that guy, but his focus has moved to his family. He nodded toward his wife and son and said that human beings can accomplish great things when they do it for the right reasons. He called the past few months “great” and said he’s the luckiest guy in the world to be able to come back and show just a little piece of what he used to be.
- He said the fans can boo or cheer him, but his son is the reason his heart beats. He said he’s the reason he goes to the weight room every morning and that he tries hard to be someone his son can be proud of. He said he thinks they accomplished what they set out to do, and told his wife and son that he loves them more than can be quantified. He said he thinks he proved it by living in the gym, the bathroom, and dinner table just so he could be a little bit of what he used to be. The fans chanted for him.
- Goldberg asked his son to join him in the ring, and in a light moment when his son tripped he said that his son is already taking bumps. He said it’s one more than he took in his career until Sunday night.
- He talked about taking the Universal Championship to his son’s school and how that moment was special to him and to his son. He said no one could take that from him. He again said the fans could boo or cheer him, but either way it means something. They chanted his name again.
- “This could possibly be the last time you ever see me in a ring. And some of you may appreciate that, but as I said, I’m here for my family.” He said as long as they appreciate it, he will fight for his family and will push and train to do whatever it takes “to be me.” Goldberg noted the Wrestlemania 20 debacle between he and Lesnar, then said “I think we did pretty good last night, Brock and I.” The fans cheered and a light “Yes!” chant got started.
- Goldberg said he still had a little glimmer of that Goldberg and said it gave him hope that he could succeed. He said since he still believes he’s still one of the biggest and baddest on the planet, “you never know what, or who’s, next.” Goldberg put the mic down, then he and his son bowed to all four sides of the ring. He put his son up on the middle rope and raised his arm, and they showed his wife taking pictures with her phone. He picked up the mic one more time and said “One more thing…never, say never.”
- He and his son took a lap around the ring to slap hands with fans. His wife was crying, then she gave the camera two thumbs up. Goldberg made his way up the ramp, stopping to sign an autograph for a young fan as his music played him out.
Bill Says: A real, and cool, moment in front of the fans for Goldberg. He didn’t officially call it quits, but acknowledged the possibility of it while leaving the door open to do more if both he and the company agreed to. He won the crowd over here with the way he spoke. I feel as if he really spoke from the heart and in his own words and voice. Why they didn’t air this on Raw, or at least do a better job of hooking fans to watch the Network broadcast of it, is beyond me. Maybe they felt he couldn’t win the fans over during the show itself. If that were the case, then hype the daylights out of it so that people switch over to the Network to see it. None the less, a good moment for Goldberg that seemed well received.