• Goldberg Explains Why He Returned To Pro Wrestling In 2016
During an interview on The Pat McAfee Show, Old School WCW Legend Goldberg explained why he returned to professional wrestling in 2016, after retiring 12 years earlier in 2004.
Here’s what the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion had to say:
“First and foremost, because I owed the business something that I hadn’t given in the past. After a 12 year hiatus and obviously the birth of our son, it all changed.
I felt really guilty about receiving so much from the business and then not really giving back, per the fans.”
Bill Goldberg returned to wrestle Brock Lesnar at the WWE Surivor Series pay-per-view on November 20, 2016 and shocked the world by defeating The Beast in just 1 minute and 26 seconds!
Their feud continued till WrestleMania 33 in 2017, where Lesnar finally defeated Goldberg and won the WWE Universal Championship.
• On This Day In Wrestling History (January 2, 2019) – Old School WWF Announcer Passes Away
On this day in 2019, we lost Old School WWF Announcer “Mean” Gene Okerlund at the age of 76 after complications from a fall.
After making a name for himself in Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association between 1970 and 1983, Gene Okerlund joined the World Wrestling Federation in early 1984 as one of quite a few AWA names that jumped ship back then.
“Mean” Gene, who is still considered the greatest backstage interviewer in professional wrestling history, stayed with the WWF for almost 10 full years, before he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in late 1993.
Shortly before Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001, Okerlund left the company, but returned to his old workplace, the World Wrestling Federation, at WWF WrestleMania X-Seven.
In 2006, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his close, personal friend “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan.
† REST IN PEACE MEAN GENE OKERLUND
December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019