In just three weeks, Goldberg will make his return to the ring after nearly a 13-year absence to face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. It will be a tough task to face one of the most physical wrestlers in the business. In a recent interview on Episode 83 of Booker T’s Heated Conversations podcast, Goldberg revealed something extremely shocking about his training.
“I haven’t been in the ring yet. That’s the one thing after those 12 years that is probably the most important to reacquaint yourself with, but I’m going in for one match. I’m not going to get into the ring for 20 days straight to reacclimate myself to hitting the ropes because, hopefully, the only thing that will be hitting is my fist hitting Brock’s face and him hitting the mat, so the reality is I’m going to be taken to Suplex City. I’m going to take some suplexes in this thing. Yeah, but it is what it is. It ain’t like I didn’t play in the NFL, dude. I may be old, but I know what I’m getting myself into.”
This is an interesting approach by Goldberg for many different reasons. First and foremost, he hasn’t taken a bump in well over a decade and he’s banking on his previous history in the ring and football career to help him through it. There should be some concern here as he’s now 49 years old and his body may not respond the way he anticipates it will.
However, Goldberg knows his body best and this may be the best way for him to remain in the best shape leading up to the match. He will be tested with the high of amount of suplexes that Lesnar relies on during a match, which will be the telling point if he can put on a good match by handling the physical punishment. If so, there shouldn’t be any concern that he can do it.