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It was Goldberg’s Idea for Paul Heyman to Induct Him into WWE Hall of Fame

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I chatted with Paul Heyman last week about numerous topics including what it was like to work with Bill Goldberg during his return to WWE. Here’s the short back-and-forth we had about Goldberg’s surprisingly successful run and why Heyman is such a fan of Goldberg. 

You can watch the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, streaming live on WWE Network Friday, April 6, at 8 ET/5 PT.

I think many people were surprised by the announcement of you inducting Goldberg into the Hall of Fame. How was it working with him during that run last year, which was one of the more surprising successes in recent memory?

“It was enlightening to me because of the passion with which the audience embraced Goldberg’s return. Goldberg is a rarity, he’s authentic. What you see, is what you get.

He had no inhibitions in coming out on television as a Clint Eastwood-esque, gruff older character. The aging gunslinger who can still put anyone else away in the ring, while confessing his passionate for his wife and his never-ending love for his son. There are a lot of people who would have thought having such a gruff character coming out on television and being so wishy about his son and also about the fact that his son gets to see him do his thing that it would water down the toughness of the persona of Goldberg, but instead it only far more endearing.

I’m honored to induct Goldberg into the Hall of Fame. It was his idea. I didn’t ask to do this. When WWE approached Goldberg about going into the Hall of Fame, he insisted that I be the one to induct him.

I find Goldberg to be a man’s man, a timeless box office attraction, a performer that understands his role, and a family man that all of us who have families should aspire to be more like.”

He came off so real in those promos, much in the same way that Daniel Bryan comes off as Bryan Danielson and not a made up character. I think that is a big reason why he was able to show his softer side and still get the same reaction as he did when he was just a killer in the ring.

“And in many ways it’s the love for his family that motivates him being such a tough character because that’s what drives him to win the match. It all makes sense when you look at it from that perspective and the manner in which he presented it.

I’m just such a fan of what Goldberg brings to the table. I think if Hollywood is looking for their next 50 plus year-old bad ass, the heir apparent to the Clint Eastwood role is Goldberg.”

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WWE’s Roman Reigns announces his cancer is in remission

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The “Big Dog” is back!

Those are the words WWE superstar Roman Reigns – real name Joe Anoa’I – delivered to the world on Monday Night Raw. Back in October, Reigns announced that he was going to be stepping away from the ring due to the return of ­leukemia, a disease that he had once battled into remission 11 years ago.

After four months away from WWE, Reigns returned to the roaring support of the WWE Universe to announce that his cancer is once again in remission and that he’ll be returning to the ring.

WWE: Roman Reigns announces leukemia has returned

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Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, known around the world as WWE superstar Roman Reigns, revealed to the world on Monday night that his leukemia has returned and he’ll be stepping away from the ring for a period of time to be with his family as he undergoes treatment.

Anoaʻi began his promo on Raw by stating “my real name is Joe, and I’ve been living with Leukemia for 11-years and unfortunately it’s back.”

He tearfully told the crowd that he was going to be away from WWE for an unknown period of time, which meant he would be forced to relinquish the WWE Universal championship. He then shared the story of when he was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 22. Anoa’i said he was able to “very quickly” put it in remission.

As Anoa’i continued his moment with the audience that embraces him on a weekly basis with a thunderous, but not always positive … to say the least … response, he said that he didn’t want anyone to feel bad to him. Anoa’i’s connection with WWE’s audience is unique, so it took them a moment to put away their dislike for the character Anoa’i portrays and show appreciation for the human being that has been thrown a life curveball.

A loud “Thank You Roman” erupted after he told the fans that they had helped his dreams come true. Anoa’i said this wasn’t a retirement speech and that he would be back as quickly as possible. Anoa’i then carefully laid the belt in the ring and was embraced by Jonathan David Good (Dean Ambrose) and Colby Lopez (Seth Rollins).