After a failed first stint in the WWE, former WCW icon Goldberg returned to the squared circle in late 2016. He squashed Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016, then later defeated Kevin Owens to win the Universal Championship.
Goldberg would later face The Beast Incarnate one last time at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. This time, Lesnar defeated a 50-year-old Goldberg to win the championship. The latter has not returned to the ring since.
But that might be a good thing, given Goldberg's age and limited mobility at this stage. Appearing on the Heated Conversations: Hosted By Booker T podcast, Goldberg revealed that he went through a ton of pain following the match:
"Well, being older, how did I feel after? I think my groin turned black. The back of my right quad turned black. The back of my quad, excuse me. The back of my right leg turned black, I think, two weeks after 'Mania. It didn't happen till then! My body was in shock, I think! But I'll be honest with [Booker], man. I'll be honest. I was ready to go that night and I could've gone. I mean, whatever."
Goldberg's clash with Lesnar lasted just 4:45, yet much longer than their Survivor Series match that lasted 1:26. The former WCW star rarely fought in lengthy matches, given his limited durability and the fact he was built on simply destroying all of his opponents in such short time.
Goldberg's strict diet and intense work out program was well-documented as he prepared for a return to the WWE. He wanted redemption after a disappointing finish with the company in 2004, where fans booed and heckled he and Lesnar in their WrestleMania XX match.
Another reason Goldberg came back? He wanted his song, Gage, to see him wrestle for the first time. Gage wasn't born when Goldberg last fought for the WWE, and he hadn't yet been married to wife, Wanda.
It's safe to say that Goldberg got plenty of redemption in his brief return to the WWE. He was announced as the first inductee for the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class. Given how much pain and torture he put his 50-year-old body through, we can confidently say it was well-deserved.
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