– As previously reported, Bruce Prichard spoke about WWE signing Goldberg back in 2003. Below are some additional highlights from that podcast, where Prichard talks about Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 20 and Vince McMahon’s reaction to the match (transcript via WrestlingInc.com).
Prichard on the time heading into WrestleMania 20: “Well, you are nine months in and we are not getting a whole lot of improvement and we are digressing instead of progressing. The jury is coming back and kind of feeling like, this just isn’t working and the remaining three months are we going to get more or any better out of this? The thought process of this at that time that if we can get him to put over Brock Lesnar in the end we can just move on from him. There is just so much there that Bill Goldberg was an attraction in WCW. I don’t know if he ever drew money in WCW. He was definitely an attraction, he was a big part of everything they did for a period, but when Bill Goldberg was there and they didn’t have anything to support it, the company went out of business. The ratings went down and that was with Bill at the helm. You look back and what worked for them in the short spurt. What worked with Bill and Brock in this time around was because it was a short spurt. Get him out there and get him gone. So, he was uncomfortable, and man, it just wasn’t jiving. It was water and oil in a lot of respects. I don’t think he wanted to commit more than what he had already committed, and I don’t think the company at the time was feeling that we can do more with him and continue.”
Prichard on how the Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match went at WrestleMania 20: “It was not the worst match in WrestleMania history for f**k’s sake. There have been worse matches, but this stunk. Everybody knew it. I watched it in the audience. The air just came out of the Garden. It was just horrible, and both guys were just going through the motions as far as Brock and Goldberg. The crowd had turned on both, and didn’t give a s**t. They were pissed off at both guys. They were pissed off that Brock and Goldberg weren’t sticking around and they just wanted Steve Austin to kick both of their a**es. The only high spot was the stunners in the end. The decision to have Goldberg win was because of a babyface finish. Brock didn’t give a s**t.”
Prichard on Vince McMahon’s reaction to the match: “Vince’s reaction was a non-reaction. He sat there and the next match going in, and just thanked them, and said next. He didn’t sit and have a conversation with them. It was over, and was moving on to the next match.”