WWE star Goldberg gets tough in helping Texans in need
Bill Goldberg hit the drywall in his garage one day this week - not as masochistic training for his next WWE match - but as he was repairing property damage caused by the deadly storms in Texas.
The WWE Hall of Famer spent about 12 hours on Wednesday changing the pumps in the wells on the ranch he owns just outside San Antonio. Then it went to work on a garage and pool house that had been flooded.
"We're a lot luckier than 98% of the people who weathered the storm," Goldberg said. "I have a hard time complaining, it really is."
Goldberg said Thursday was the eighth day in a row that his family had no running water and had to juggle with responsibility for the "abundance of scrap" of nearly 50 animals on the ranch. The animal family expanded when three calves and two sheep were born amid recent power outages that left 4 million Texas customers without electricity or heat during a deadly winter frost.
“We basically had to grab her and save her life. And that means bottle-feeding her now, ”he said. "My wife is the one who does this duty and she enjoys it, but it was extremely stressful. You know, boiling snow for our animals during the storm was just tough."
Goldberg, 54, built a career on toughness that included a stint in the NFL and a 25-year professional wrestling career. He got into the wrestling scene at the end of the 1990s with the now defunct WCW and rolled off a winning streak that was highlighted for the championship with a victory over "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. He moved to WWE and still competes sporadically for the company, which included a match at the Royal Rumble last month.
Because of his farm and family commitments, Goldberg found it "increasingly difficult" to move away from home.
However, he feels like family when he's on the set of the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs". Goldberg appeared - no, not as a member of the suburban Philadelphia Goldberg family - but as "coach" Nick Mellor. On Wednesday's episode, he is a guest again and gets into a confrontation with William Penn's annoying new Quaker overseer Beverly Goldberg.
"It's ironic that I'm the only Goldberg on the entire set," he said. "I don't know which seat to sit in when I step out of the set. Each seat says" Goldberg "."
Goldberg said he couldn't bring himself to watch his wrestling matches or even a recent WWE Network documentary about his undefeated streak, but he makes a point of getting the family together and watching "The Goldbergs."
“How can you not be funny about the number of actors who are real comedians? It just rubs off by osmosis, ”he said.
Goldberg starred tough guys in a number of action films and said plans for a possible spin-off series of his DOJ agent Lance Hamilton, "NCIS: Los Angeles," are advancing.
He's not ready to stick a pitchfork in his wrestling career.
Goldberg returned to great success in 2016 after a 12 year hiatus from WWE. He beat Brock Lesnar back in his first match and won the WWE Universal Championship twice. Goldberg lost his last two games in empty arena games because of the pandemic - last year at WrestleMania against Braun Strowman and then at Rumble against Drew McIntyre. His match against McIntyre took place in front of fans who performed live on digital video boards. WWE named the ThunderDome.
"It's very difficult, but in terms of character, I just focus on who I'm wrestling with," he said. “(Hulk) Hogan taught me years ago that facial expressions and looking at the crowd are just as important, if not more important, than the actual game. When you take that out, it kind of makes it harder for a man like me who does limited things in the ring. But I go out there and do my thing, do what is asked of me, and I feel honored and privileged to still be a part of it and represent WWE. "
Goldberg, who is still a major attraction, said he imagined himself more like a pitcher of relief these days that could be called on in any situation. Goldberg said he was under a contract to play one more game with WWE this year and two more a year for the remainder of his contract. While former wrestlers of his stature like Sting and Big Show recently left WWE to start All Elite Wrestling, Goldberg said he would "like to end my wrestling career at WWE".
Goldberg wants to be as well known as a friend of his community. He is taking his teenage son and other friends to a Salvation Army in the area on Friday to distribute water and food to those in need.
"There's always someone who needs more help than you," said Goldberg. "It seems like Texans are helping Texans, and that's why I like the place."
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