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As noted earlier, Goldberg winning the WWE Universal Championship was not taken well by most of the pro-wrestling fans. He entered the second Universal title run by defeating “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt at WWE Super ShowDown, last week. Many WWE Universe members took to social media to reveal their frustrations on this new title change.
Goldberg is well aware of the backlash and noted on the matter. He made an appearance on WWE’s The Bump, this week to disclose the negative reactions he has received as of late. But he is dealing with the criticisms, very well and plans to move forward.
While speaking of Super Showdown, Goldberg revealed that he was ready to be back in the ring with one phone call he got from the WWE. It’s not easy to be back in shape at this age in the minimum time. But he is determined to give the very best that he can offer to the WWE brand. It’s the best that the company expects from him and he would continue delivering it, no matter what,
“I’d love to see them do it, at any age, let alone at 53,” Goldberg stated. “I answered a phone call, and I did whatever I had to do to get ready in a short period of time, and provide a little bit of Goldberg out there. Fortunately, I was able to do it, and I’m looking forward to the next one [his title defense against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 36]. If I get a phone call and I believe that I can still do what I did back in the day to at least an acceptable level, then I’m not going to say ‘No.’ If you give me a challenge, I’m going to take it. “
However, it’s interesting to note that despite the negative reactions, the Universal title win by Goldberg is getting major attention even from the mainstream audience. The picture of Goldberg winning the Universal Championship, was the most liked post on WWE’s Instagram of all time, as stated by panelist Ryan Pappolla. WWE itself posted the statistic on Twitter.
This does mean that The Myth’s acceptance among the young base has not decreased. So Pappola asked Goldberg how it feels to be liked by the younger generation. To be specific, he was talking about the ‘tech/social media savvy fanbase’. Replying to the questions, the two-time Universal Champion stated the following,
“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Goldberg exclaimed. “To be able to continue to do it, that’s what pushes me. That’s what gets me to train 3 times a damn day and eat 10-15,000 calories and go to PT in between. I have a job, I have a mission, and I have a reputation that I have to hold accountable.”
On February 27 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Roman Reigns challenged Goldberg for the Universal Championship match at WrestleMania 36. It was later confirmed that these two will be battling for the title indeed on April 5th at the Raymond James Stadium.