Goldberg recently spoke with WWE.com about his inclusion in WWE 2k17 and more. Here are the highlights…
On Being The WWE 2K17 Exclusive: I just got the phone call. It was something that we had been in talks off and on over a number of years. As a father and an ex-wrestler, it’s a dream come true. To be able to come back and be included in WWE 2K17, it’s a huge honor. That the people would even want me back after such a long hiatus is another honor.
On Who Influenced Him: As far as in-ring, “Diamond” Dallas Page was integral. “Sarge” DeWayne Bruce from the WCW Power Plant, Kenny Kaos and Robbie Rage [of High Voltage], Yuji Nagata were an integral part in what I did. Bob Sapp, in that I could look at him and figure out what not to do. Curt Hennig, The Steiner Brothers were absolutely huge influences on me, both in and out of the ring. Kevin Nash was an influence on me.
On His WWE Run: It was a big jump and it was very strange for me. I mean, I was the bad guy, man. Everybody from WCW, we were the enemy. It was a very tenuous, strenuous, very weird situation because both entities had wanted nothing more than to destroy the other. Once we came together, there was still a bit of that dynamic. It was so engrained in us; I don’t think you could have snapped your fingers and had it go away. There was a transition period. For myself, I only knew WCW. I only knew the experiences I had in WCW. That was the wrestling business. When I was presented with different situations, different philosophies or ideals or outlooks, it was foreign to me.
Does He Have One More Match In Him?: I’ve got 50 more in me. It just depends on the ability to keep it up to my standards. I love everybody to death and I greatly appreciate their opinions, but none of it matters except for mine, because I hold myself to such high standards. The reality is, you’ve got movies, TV appearances, a kid, you’re 49 years old … things aren’t like they used to be. It’s a completely different day. I’m 20 to 30 pounds less than what I was because I just don’t need to be that dude with traps from his ears to his shoulders. Would I like to be that guy again? Absolutely. He’s still in there.