Goldberg explains how he expected WWE fans to react to his 2016 return

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At WrestleMania XX back in 2004, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar failed to excite the crowd inside Madison Square Garden with their one-on-one battle. 

Most of those in attendance were well aware that the pair were about to leave WWE following that fight, so decided not to waste their cheers on either man. 

In fact, the only positive reaction the two received was when special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin hit two Stunners at the end of the bout.  

And for almost 13 years, Goldberg stayed away from the company. But in 2016, he shocked the WWE Universe by returning to call out Lesnar once again.   

During an interview with ESPN, he showed his interest in having another battle with The Beast, which led to Paul Heyman challenging him to appear on Raw. 

Goldberg obliged and made his return on October 17, 2016, well over a decade after last appearing in WWE.

The reaction he received upon returning couldn't have been any more different from the one he took when leaving in 2004. 

He was welcomed back a hero and a month later at Survivor Series, Goldberg beat Lesnar in less than 90 seconds to shock the world. 


Fast forward to 2018 - after Goldberg had a run as Universal Champion and appeared at WrestleMania 33 - and he's now entering the WWE Hall of Fame.   

He will be honoured as a member of the 2018 class, joining the likes of "Double J" Jeff Jarrett, The Dudley Boyz, Ivory and Hillbilly Jim as one of this year's inductees. 

But Goldberg has recently revealed that back in 2016, he wasn't even sure of the reaction he'd get upon returning to WWE. 


"It was all a dream come true in that I was able to come back and try to vindicate the character in the WWE setting to the WWE fans," he told Busted Open Radio, per Wrestling Inc

"The first run was a bit tumultuous for many reasons and to be able to come back 13 years removed and get an opportunity to get in front of the people who made you who you are and ask for their acceptance again.

"I'll be honest with you, it was nerve-racking. I assumed everybody was gonna boo me. you have these impressions about what's gonna happen, but you never know. It's a mystery, and thank God it went well." 


Suggesting that his return went well is a bit of an understatement. At 50-years-old, Goldberg had successful feuds against Lesnar and Kevin Owens - and a title run.

There are certainly not many wrestlers who can boast that at such an age. 

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