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 Goliath.

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 your head!

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.