Even though Goldberg hasn’t stepped in the squared (wrestling) circle for some time, the grappler remains in great shape.
“I co-own a Muay Thai gym and train three days a week,” Goldberg said. “[My] boy trains three days a week. I’ve had a torn bicep from hitting a guy with a left hook. I’m in pretty good physical condition right now.”
Another instance where Goldberg’s name appeared was during TNA Impact Wrestling’s video teasers for “August 1 Warning.” This led to the reemergence of mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz, instead of the former Atlanta Falcons football player.
“I knew Tito was the guy behind this ‘August 1’ guy,” Goldberg said. “Everyone thought it was me. Why does everyone always think it’s me? I greatly appreciate that and wish nothing more than to give them what they want. The reality is I don’t make those decisions.”
Even though the driven performer, father and businessman is busy with car shows, charity work and entertainment-related projects, he maintains a “never say never” attitude when it comes to donning the black tights again.
“I would love to in some capacity,” Goldberg said. “That’s why I do stuff like the [Marlins] game because I’m not wrestling. I haven’t wrestled in a long time, but this gives me the opportunity to get out to wrestling fans and say thank you for supporting me and for remembering me for God’s sake.
“Out of sight and out of mind, and to have people chanting my name in different organizations at once, like when they had that other guy last summer with the winning streak chanting my name. Then Ryback comes out, and they are chanting my name. I can’t remember any time in the history of the world where that has happened. For me, it’s a huge honor. You can look as deep as you want as to why people are chanting the name. I don’t want to do that. The reality is I’m very flattered, period.”
Fans can play as Goldberg in the “30 Years of WrestleMania” mode of WWE 2K14, released on Oct. 28. His motivation for being in the videogame is for his seven-year-old son.
“Thank God for the Internet, so he can go to YouTube and see what I used to do,” Goldberg said. “I would love more than anything in the world to have him sit live as I do what I can still do. Obviously, I’m a little older and skinnier than I was back then, but jump in the gym a couple of months, and I’m ready to go. The videogame for me is a way for him to be proud of who his dad is because he can go to a store, and I can purchase a videogame for him. It’s current, and his daddy’s on it.
“So as a father, no matter how much animosity I have with the WWE and most of the people up there, I have a responsibility to be a good dad. Grudges shouldn’t last forever, and if a grudge stands in the way for me providing for my son, that’s pretty silly.”
Goldberg doesn’t watch the product today, aside from checking what he was hearing about the fans chanting his name during Ryback matches. However, he does know his WrestleMania rival Brock Lesnar has returned to WWE. Goldberg isn’t surprised at the former UFC champion’s decision to return.