Bill Goldberg is one of the most popular wrestlers to ever step inside the squared circle, and his continued popularity with the WWE Universe was never more evident than with the genuine excitement generated from the announcement of his involvement with WWE 2K17.
It was announced in May that Goldberg would return to WWE in digital form as the pre-order exclusive for the WWE 2K17 video game. There has been little interaction with WWE since his final match at WrestleMania XX, but wrestling fans are interested to see if the relationship between Goldberg and 2K Games results in any additional work with the WWE brand.
In Goldberg’s time away from wrestling, he has made the successful jump into the field of acting. During a promotional tour for Goldberg’s new movies Check Point and Bauer, he spoke to Ring Rust Radio about his involvement with the WWE 2K17 video game, the possibility of an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame and his budding movie career.
Most wrestling fans hope that Goldberg’s involvement with the WWE video game franchise will lead to bigger and better things between both parties, but the former world champion acknowledged that he didn’t speak to officials from WWE while working on the deal for 2K17:
Well I didn’t have to talk to anybody. I spoke to with 2K directly and they did all the interaction with the WWE. I don’t think this year is any different than the rest except for that they checked off on it. 2K wanted me either as a cover or a downloadable character for a number of years, and I think time may have healed a little bit of the wounds, and I think that’s the only difference this year.
Whether Goldberg ever wrestles again is uncertain, but many of the Superstars who grace the cover of the video game series end up being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, just like Ultimate Warrior and Sting. When asked if there have been any conversations about a possible induction, Goldberg spoke candidly about his current relationship with WWE and why he worked with 2K Games:
I can’t divulge what goes on in those guys’ brains. I have had no conversation or anything. In all honesty, this is a relationship between 2K and myself for the video game. I inspire to do nothing else besides this being a deal between the two of us. I don’t think it opens the door to anything, but stranger things have happened. I did this to put a smile on my 10-year-old’s face and that’s it.
Since leaving wrestling, Goldberg has continued to hone his acting skills. After playing the role of T.J. in the movie Check Point, Goldberg has teamed up with Chasing Butterflies Pictures, Samera Entertainment and Spectrum of NOLA to star in and produce the new movie Bauer.
With the perfect look to be an action-movie star, Goldberg is finding his rhythm as a lead actor, and the results have been entertaining. When asked about the biggest differences between wrestling and the movie business, he spoke about the different characteristics of each industry:
The biggest difference between acting and wrestling is you have the ability to say “cut” and do it again when you are acting. That makes professional wrestlers very good at their craft. Whether it’s storytelling or setting up a fight scene, it makes no difference because it’s what wrestlers do every day. Every day you step foot into the wrestling business, whether the building or the ring, it’s an internship or a segue way to Hollywood cause it’s truthfully the same thing. At the end of the day, the biggest difference is with a fight scene, you have more pressure on you working in your underwear in front of thousands of people compared to a closed set where a director can yell “cut” and let’s do it again. You can perfect your craft by doing it over and over again until you get the finished product. You don’t have that luxury in the wrestling business.
During his time as a football player, Goldberg was extremely successful despite his short career. Once he was forced to set his goals on something else, he became one of the biggest stars in the wrestling business. Now that he has turned his attention to acting, history indicates he will find success in that industry as well.
While wrestling fans would love to see Goldberg back in the squared circle to do battle against Brock Lesnar or any of the other top stars in the industry today, his inclusion in the WWE 2K17 video game will allow the WWE Universe to make all the dream matches they can conceive.
Regardless of what comes next for Goldberg, his confidence level is through the roof and he is genuinely happy making an impact on the movie industry. There would be big money in a Goldberg return to WWE, but his legacy is already cemented as one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.
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