When Bill Golberg was the top star in WCW, his entire career was built around winning and never, ever, losing. As a matter of fact, when he did suffer his first loss at the hands of Kevin Nash, it hurt his character. However, the new Goldberg heading into Survivor Series on Sunday night for the WWE is very different.
This Goldberg said that a win or a loss in the main event at Survivor Series is not what is important to him. In an interview with ESPN, Goldberg said that the Survivor Series match itself is what is important and him competing in front of his wife and child is what matters to him.
“As a father, you want the best for your son, quite obviously. You want to create the best memories for your son. To be able to be given this opportunity — originally by 2K and now by WWE — to come back and be that guy, I could never repay them as far as my appreciation. I’m the coolest dad in the world, and they gave me the opportunity to do that.”
Survivor Series is not about recreating the Goldberg from the ’90s. In this case, it is Brock Lesnar who is the monster. Brock is unbeatable and his recent streak is the one that matters. Lesnar is the destroyer. In this Survivor Series match, Bill Goldberg is simply the man with the heart who is putting everything on the line for this opportunity.
It is a very different character for Goldberg to play. At Survivor Series, very few people are giving Goldberg a chance to win this match. Most people see Goldberg getting to look good against Brock, something few wrestlers have accomplished over the past few years. Then, at the end of Survivor Series, Brock will stand with his hand held high.
There are some who believe that someone else might get involved in the match and cost Brock the win at Survivor Series. Some think Shane McMahon might come in and cost Brock the match, something that could set up the rumored WWE WrestleMania match between Lesnar and McMahon. That would still not be the Goldberg that old-school WCW fans remember.
But, for Survivor Series, it is all about Goldberg looking strong and giving his son memories of his dad battling the Beast in the main event of one of the WWE Big Four pay-per-view events.
“My life is not predicated upon being the winner — it’s about the journey. It’s about the legacy that you leave, the impression that you leave. There are a lot of things that I have to attain. At the end of the day, if I come away with nothing other than the smiles on my wife and son’s face, I’m Santa Claus… or Hanukkah Harry!”
Survivor Series is a rematch between the two men. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the last time they fought, it was WrestleMania 20 in 2004. Both men were leaving the company after the match and the fans booed them both. Goldberg won and this is the chance for Brock to get the win back. They will probably never fight each other again after Survivor Series this Sunday night..
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For Goldberg, Survivor Series is just another chance to build his legacy, this time with fans who might have missed his career the first time around. That is what Goldberg is looking at. Survivor Series is a chance to perform, win or lose.
“You take things very simplistically and try to be the best person you can be. If I can touch one or two kids in this next generation who haven’t seen me do my thing, then I’m way ahead.”
Survivor Series airs on Sunday night on both the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar is set to be the main event of Survivor Series, which kicks off at 7 p.m. EST.
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