“If you’re a smart businessman, which I like to think I am, you leave opportunities open,” Goldberg said. “Why wouldn’t he come back and capitalize on what he did in the UFC and get a 23-day deal for a year. That’s ridiculous. I mean why wouldn’t you do that? I’ve consider something like that for sure. I wasn’t surprised at all. He is a smart businessman handled by smart people. One of my goals in getting into wrestling was wrestling in Japan. To set my career up to where I was viable.
“I fortunately did that. That was a dream of mine wrestling wise because they don’t cry if you hit them in Japan. I followed [Hulk] Hogan because I watched his progression and what he did. He was one of the first guys over there. When he did, he got a heck of a payday. It was a wonderful thing. He was able to reach a new audience.”
Goldberg takes his character and the impact on the audience very seriously. He wants to set a positive example for his fans, especially kids.
“That is why it was hard for me to turn bad guy that one night because I like to be someone the kids can look up to,” Goldberg said. “The reality is it is a fictional business, and sometimes that isn’t the case. Sometimes businesswise it’s not the smartest thing to do. That’s why some people didn’t like me and the way I treated my character. The night I turned bad they had me go against Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who came back from cancer and I had a Make-A-Wish kid in the back. She had no clue as to what we were doing.
“Therefore she took it to heart and was balling when I got back to the room. The next day I told them I was going back. Is that a good business thing? No, but sometimes there are other things more important than business. So if I ever leave a legacy and when I’m gone, you think about the difference he left in wrestling.
“They talk about John Cena and all the Make-A-Wish’s he has done. That’s what I want them to remember me because I made a difference with the kids because the kids are our future. There is nothing more important than putting a smile on a kid’s face.”
• YouTube video group style interview with Bill Goldberg during the Legends of Wrestling at Marlins Park.
YouTube Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTX-x6V27PE
(Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzTv59e-Fk8
(Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEzYoR2t4GA
Bill Goldberg ceremonial first pitch to Miami Marlins Tom Koehler and spear on a heckling (planted) fan at Marlins Park.
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