Source: The Ross Report

Recently on The Ross Report, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross spoke with WWE Universal Champion Goldberg just ahead of his WrestleMania 33 match against four-time world champion Brock Lesnar. Among other things, Goldberg talked about appreciating his positive crowd reactions during his current WWE run, people saying he cannot put on a 15-minute pro wrestling match, and whether his Universal Championship match at WrestleMania will close 'The Show Of Shows'.

During the interview, Goldberg said he is very appreciative of the warm reception he has received from the WWE Universe during his current run with the world's largest professional wrestling promotion. The self-described "Mike Tyson of wrestling" went on to say that fans never paid to watch him wrestle long matches.  

"Well, I greatly appreciate that from you, from those people that made it that way, and from the WWE. And I feel like that every time I go out. I'm pleasantly surprised if one person cheers for me, let alone… doesn't hit me with something, so I'm humbled each and every time I go out there. And, granted, there [are] different markets. You're going to get a different reception in a heel market and whatever it may be, but, for the most part, I'm completely awed and greatly appreciative of the reception. It's just being able to deliver. They're excited and you've got to deliver. I don't want to be a mark and worry about what people think. It's tough to go out and do a couple of moves and be taken seriously. Although, at the end of the day, I was the Mike Tyson of wrestling. People didn't pay to see me wrestle 15, 20 minutes."

Goldberg went on to say that he has grown tired of hearing that he cannot wrestle a 15-minute bout. Moreover, Goldberg quipped that WWE pays other performers to put on 15-minute matches and 'Da Man' is glad that is not his role.  

"I'm sick and tired of hearing, 'Goldberg can't go 15 minutes. He can't do this. He can't…' You know what? They pay people to do that, okay? They also pay other guys to smash people. And when Mike Tyson was fighting, people didn't not pay $60 to know he was going to knock someone's block off within 60 seconds. And don't tell me when he delivered, that people were not on their feet, going nuts. So you can't please everybody, but I wasn't one of those guys. If I was asked to be one of those guys, maybe I could've been. But I'm not one of those guys. But, hey, I'm very, very lucky not to be one."

Goldberg admitted that he does not care whether his WWE Universal Championship match with Lesnar at WrestleMania goes on last. The master of the Jackhammer indicated that win or lose, Lesnar will know that he was in a battle. Also, Goldberg claimed that the match will go the distance.

"I don't care. It doesn't [matter]. You know what? I can't control that. It really doesn't matter. I mean, people are going to conjecture, people are going to say that it doesn't deserve to because of this, because of that. That doesn't matter to me. Whenever it is, it's going to be a blood fest. Whether I win or lose, the fact is Brock's going to know he was in one hell of a fight and it isn't going to be 15 seconds. It ain't going to be a minute and 20 seconds because we both know we're coming with it and I don't think we're going to surprise each other by any means. I think we're in it for the long haul, so it's going to be interesting. There's no question about it. And I've already got my date in the hospital. I hope he has got his."

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