• “Those guys didn’t b*tch if you hit them” – Goldberg Recalls Wrestling In Japan
Old School WCW Legend Bill Goldberg was recently interviewed on SHAK Wrestling, where he was asked about several different topics, including the few matches he had in Japan back in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
The first time Goldberg was booked in Japan was on August 30 & August 31, 2002 for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), where he defeated Taiyo Kea on Night 1 and Satoshi Kojima on Night 2.
He was then brought back to Japan by The Great Muta, who had just left AJPW with a lot of other Japanese wrestlers, and founded his own promotion WRESTLE-1.
For WRESTLE-1, Goldberg first came over on November 17, 2002 to defeat WCW/NWA/WWF Tag Team Legend Rick Steiner, and returned on January 19, 2003 to team with The Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh) and together they defeated WCW/WWF Veterans Brian Adams (fka Crush) & Bryan Clark (fka Adam Bomb), better known as Kronik.
Keep in mind that those three brief overseas-tours took place after the death of WCW on March 26, 2001 and before his March 31, 2003 debut for World Wrestling Entertainment.
The last time Goldberg wrestled in Japan was on January 4, 2004 towards the end of his first (2003-2004) WWE run, this time for the HUSTLE promotion with a win over Naoya Ogawa.
Therefore the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion remains undefeated in Japan to this day.
Here’s what Goldberg had to say, when asked about his time in Japan:
“Nothing but happiness. I mean truly. When I started the formation of the character Goldberg, I’m an old school guy, I’m a football guy so I watched a lot of film and did a lot of due diligence.
I came to the realization that the guys who were the badasses were the ones who could transfer over to Japan. It was a completely different style of wrestling.
It was more serious, it was more MMA, it was more Pancrase. It was more reality. Those guys didn’t b*tch if you hit them. They loved it. It was more of an initiation. It was just a completely different deal.
The fans were sitting on their hands the whole time. You didn’t hear anything. You could hear a pin drop but it doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy what they’re watching. It’s out of respect. It was a completely different culture.
It was a place I wanted to go to for a really long period of time. I played in the Japan Bowl in football in 1980-whatever the heck it was but that was the only time I had been there and I wanted to go back.
Like I said, Hulk Hogan and the big badasses were able to translate over to the Japanese audience. It was an honor and an absolute privilege to be over there and to perform.”
WATCH: Goldberg & Riddle No Longer Have Heat With Each Other:
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 17, 1999) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It featured pre-taped mid-card matches & highlight videos on the road to the ‘WWF Fully Loaded 1999’ PPV.
This episode was hosted by Kevin Kelly & Terry Taylor.
Here’s the card:
The Acolytes vs. Danny O’Brien & Flash Flannigan
Michael Hayes vs. Tracy Smothers
Jeff Jarrett vs. The Blue Meanie
The Road Dogg & X-Pac vs. D’Lo Brown & Meat