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.”