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.”

Twitter: @ScottDargis

Someone will win $1 million if they beat AJ Styles in WWE 2K19

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The cover athlete for this year’s version of Yuke’s and Visual Concepts’ incredibly popular WWE video game series is simply phenomenal.

That’s right, AJ Styles will be featured on the cover of WWE 2K19, but that’s not his only involvement with this year’s game.

During the cover announcement, Styles mentioned that this year’s game will feature a Million Dollar Challenge. Details were a bit vague, but the “Phenomenal One” said players will have to beat an unannounced mode, submit a promo video, and if they’re selected, they’ll be entered in a tournament.

Whoever wins that tournament will get the opportunity to face Styles in a one-on-one match in WWE 2K19 and if they’re able to beat Styles, they’ll walk away with:

Beating Styles won’t be easy because he’s one of the biggest gamers on WWE’s roster, but Yuke’s and Visual Concepts might want to bring some extra controllers just in case this happens again:

Here’s a look at the cover art:

WWE 2K19 will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 9. For more information on the game visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2K19 or subscribe on YouTube.

Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs leads Republican Primary for mayor of Knox County by 17 votes

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After 100 percent of the precincts reported their data, Glenn Jacobs, known to wrestling fans as “The Big Red Machine” Kane, is leading the Republican nomination for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee by just 17 votes.

The race isn’t over just yet though. According to the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, there are still provisional ballots that need to be factored in, so an official winner won’t be announced until next week.

Jacobs has worked under the umbrella of World Wrestling Entertainment since 1995. After announcing his candidacy last April, he’s been seen very sporadically on television. The last time he worked a match on TV was the main event of the March 26th edition of Raw against John Cena.