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Jeff Jarrett Believes Goldberg Wouldn’t Have Worked As A Heel

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On a recent edition of his “My World” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett expressed uncertainty regarding the potential success of Goldberg in a heel role, and delved into this topic further.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On whether Goldberg would’ve worked as a heel: “It’s easy to say now, but I remember thinking back then, ‘Jeff, just shut your — that ain’t gonna work. The character of Bill Goldberg, as we all know, got over by being just a one-man wrecking crew. And I don’t want to just say in short matches, but for explanation purposes that’s kind of — I mean, he had a couple of matches that had some length. But his whole persona, his mindset; he didn’t really have any heel traits. And so I said, ‘Alright, this is gonna be an uphill climb. And he’s got to do a lot of his work with his mouth, because I don’t see him — and didn’t need to coward off or chickens**t, or even really cheat.’ So in the positioning of everything, how was he going to get across the goal line to really get people to pay money to see his a*s kicked? I just didn’t see that. But look, I knew — and that that was kind of a running theme through all this research that I read, Conrad. Thank God I wasn’t the final say-so in this.”

On similarities between Goldberg and Steve Austin: “Steve’s emotional connection with the audience was ‘I’m the working man. I’m the beer drinking, hard charging’ — I don’t want to say nine to five, but that was over and in abundance, ‘I’m gonna drink beer with you.’ And most importantly, this city-slicker New York promoter who had been an announcer, and he was the son of a promoter but had been an announcer for years and years and years. Did a very controversial finish and in front of everyone’s eyes, they pulled the curtain back, that was done in a, ‘wait a minute.’ Whether it was real or not. But he became the Wizard of Oz in a lot of ways. And that’s the character of the chairman, Vince McMahon. And I always looked at Steve and Vince, the ying and the yang of that all of that was — obviously we know, box office records and the storyline, and the endless amount of ups and downs and just everything that goes with that, I don’t wanna go down the rabbit hole on that.

“But man, there are a lot of ways I think that one storyline, it took the company public or it just exploded, because Stone Cold was hot. But when they did that, then it really got hot. Goldberg was a one-man wrecking crew, and his character was so different that he was just in and of itself a one-man bada*s wrecking crew. And I didn’t see any similarities in their promo skills, or even their in-ring work. Other than bald-headed, which you just said, kind of checks the boxes off of the appearance. That’s where the similarities stop.”

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