Bret Hart’s Calgary Sun Column
May 9, 2003
Topic: Story about Goldberg & Jericho
According to the poll on my web site some of your favorite columns that
I’ve written have to do with behind the scenes stories about wrestlers.
Here’s one that I heard just last week that kind of reminds me of David and
Making his way back into wrestling circles is Bill Goldberg, who is most
famous for his incredible undefeated string of victories in WCW. Not to
mention that he’s the guy that accidentally kicked me in the head in December
‘99 causing my career ending concussion. He kicked me much like a wild
bucking horse and literally nearly knocked my head off my shoulders. I still
, even now, have a tear in my neck muscle the size of a quarter that will
never heal, to prove it.
I was told by a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, who coached
Bill Goldberg, that if he had a whole team of Goldbergs he’d win the
superbowl every year.
People ask me if sometimes tensions in the ring ever carry over into
serious fights in the dressing room. Not usually , because nobody wants to
fight and get hurt - and not get paid for it., But now and again sometimes
the best wrestling matches take place in the dressing rooms or showers. One
such incident happened a couple of weeks ago when Goldberg made some less
than kindly remarks about young Chris Jericho.
Goldberg’s wrestling ability often resembled that gorilla in those
old Samsonite luggage commercials. He had a tendency to injure everybody he
worked with and took his own publicity a little too seriously.
My sense about Chris Jericho, a local Calgary kid, is that he’s always
been easy going with an even disposition.
The one little thing that Bill Goldberg didn’t take into account is
that Jericho was trained in my dad’s dungeon !
Although I’m sure Jericho doesn’t pretend to be a shooter he does have
a decent wrestling background.
As I understand it Chris approached Bill in the dressing room and
asked him politely if he’d come out in the hallway where they could talk in
private. Heads turned when Bill suddenly broke into character, bizarrely
growling like he does on TV!
Goldberg suddenly gripped Chris by the throat in a furious rage. The
little scrappy Calgarian, who is nowhere near Goldberg’s size, nonchalantly
wrestled him to the floor, clamping on a front face lock, which is every
shooter’s last resort and is comparable to having a bear trap clamped on
For the next several minutes Goldberg did everything he could to shake
Jericho off but no doubt all those long sessions when Jericho paid his dues
rolling around with Stu in the basement paid off! That tenacious
Jericho choked Goldberg out right on the dressing room floor, in front of
everybody. A reality check for Bill Goldberg - that’s been long over due!
I know when I talk with my dad he has a bottom less pit of these kind of
stories going back fifty years and I know he’s gonna love adding this one to
his repertoire. Maybe Goldberg should come up to Calgary and spend some time with Stu in the dungeon learning how to wrestle.
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