Goldberg has opened up about his recent WWE run. The former Universal champion has revealed that it was a tense comeback as his detractors were intensely scrutinising his ability to stand toe-to-toe with the company's top stars as he was returning after almost 13 years.
The former WCW and WWE champion, in his return fight, squared off with Brock Lesnar at 2016 Survivor Series. The match was nothing special and it lasted only 90 seconds.
Goldberg, however, has said that putting on a very physical fight against the Beast Incarnate at WrestleMania 33 that held up to the scrutiny of his critics was "retribution".
"It was a very tense build up and everything; 13 years far removed from the business, 13 years removed from the match, and the way we had went out. At the same time it was different circumstances, but in everyone's eye it was a negative, self included so to be able to be able to have an opportunity to put something positive ahead so people don't dwell on that the rest of their lives and get a little retribution and go out and show everyone that I can still do it," he told Wrestling Inc.
Goldberg also praised Lesnar when asked about working with the latter at the Grandest Stage of Them All. Goldberg said Lesnar "is one of the best" he has squared off with in the ring.
"Brock is one of my best friends on the planet. He always has been and always will be. Whether we're inside the ring with him. He has done a lot of things in his life and is the utmost professional. That guy can work his ass off. Whether we shell 2 moves or 200 moves, whether it's the psychology or the simple art of selling, Brock Lesnar is one of the best that has ever been out there," Goldberg said.
"I hope people can appreciate the growth he has made as a person and character throughout the years because he's a pro; he knows what to do, to be able to share the ring with him again 13 years far removed from the last time, and like you said, I may be beating a dead horse here, it was an honor and a privilege," he added.