Bill Goldberg, who handed down a stunning defeat to Brock Lesnar in a match at Survivor Series, has defended the WWE for going with the "shock and awe" outcome for the fight. The former WCW and WWE champion also said that the move was best for him "at this time in my career."
The 49 -year-old wrestler overpowered the Beast Incarnate in less than 90 seconds during their match. The win was unexpected as Goldberg's last fight was in 2004 at WrestleMania 20, also against Brock Lesnar.
"I think at this time in my career, the best way to take [Brock Lesnar] down was shock and awe, to do something that nobody would expect against a monster like that," Goldberg was quoted as saying by ESPN.
"At the end of the day, you have smart marks all over the world thinking that they know the outcome of a match. I don't believe any of them thought that was going to be it."
"To be able to be booked [to win] against a guy like Brock Lesnar is a dream come true. You're looking in a lot of ways at a mirror image of yourself. I think we bring something to the table that is completely different than any other two people in the sport of professional wrestling.
"And I am proud of that, and I think that we've got that market pretty much cornered. I don't know if that was the case prior to me coming in and being his opponent, but I do believe that that's a special space and I think we can pretty much call our own right now," said Goldberg.
Goldberg is set to fight in the Royal Rumble, a 30-man over-the-top-rope elimination matchwhich, which is scheduled to take place at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on 29 January.
"I'm only as good as my next appearance and my next match. I'm concentrating on the Royal Rumble and that's it. I don't have any plans of doing anything afterwards. My focus is on the 29 other men that I'm going to have to crucify to win that damn match," said Goldberg.
According to Wrestling Observer, Lesnar has also been booked for Royal Rumble. However, whether Lesnar will be included in the 30-man match or another fight at the pay-per-view event is not known. Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer speculates that Lesnar could interfere in the Royal Rumble match and get Goldberg eliminated. From there, WWE would build for a fight between Goldberg and Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 on 2 April 2017.