ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

The has built WrestleMania 33 around the return of Bill Goldberg and his feud with fellow part-timer .

Goldberg has been given every advantage possible to aid his return to the ring and ensure his success: he has yet to wrestle a match longer than three minutes, squashed the most dominant man in the company with two moves, and defeated the former champion with minimum effort.

All things considered, it's hard to imagine complaining about anything during this miraculous WrestleMania build, but he has his gripes. While appearing on the E&C Pod Of Awesomeness, Goldberg shared his true feelings on returning to the WWE:

"I'll be honest, I'm miserable. I'm absolutely miserable. But my family's having fun, man," said Goldberg. "And so, every single thing, every training session, every ART massage that makes me cry, every Muay Thai session, it's all worth it, man. It's just worth it. And, hey, at the end of the day, if I want to smile, I'll buy a car. That's how I'm happy. I did, I bought one on the way back from [Survivor Series in] Toronto because I worked my ass off."

Thirteen years is a long time away from any sport, let alone one as physically demanding as pro wrestling, and that's how long Goldberg went between WWE appearances. He appeared to be in amazing shape when he returned, but he says there's more than meets the eye.

"I am nothing but a machine now. I get up in the morning. I eat. I train. I eat. I go to the bathroom about 20 times intermittently throughout the day because I'm shoving 15 to 20,000 calories in my body and it doesn't know what's going on. At 50 years old, it has no idea."

"It's the toughest thing I ever embarked upon, guys. I'm 13 years removed from the business." Goldberg added, "I can't name a power wrestler who has come back 13 freaking years afterward. And then, within 20 pounds of what he was back then."

This is an interesting insight into Goldberg's thought process. Many fans criticize the brevity of his matches, but Goldberg consciously sacrificed the ability to have skilled matches for the ability to look like himself in the 90s.

"For me to be 237 [pounds] and have great cardio and then get the phone call that six weeks later, I've got to do what I've got to do. Do you think I continued to do cardio every day?" Goldberg continued, "I had to shut cardio completely down and just eat, and eat, and lift, and eat. And so it's a sacrifice. Do I give people the visual whatever as close as possible of Goldberg or do I give them a new version in which I look like a cruiserweight and it's just different, man."

"Why do you think I wore a coat every time at first when I got back? The answer is I still had to train, man. I was still training." Goldberg added, "I believe it was much more important for me to be aesthetically what I was like in the past as opposed to a dude who could run around for 20 minutes. That ain't me."

Hopefully, WWE fans are mentally prepared for another five minute Goldberg match and soak in the nostalgia of seeing one of the greats have his last hurrah.


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