WWE legend Goldberg still calls Riddle a ‘p***k’ but respects passion

The Hall of Famer has cooled his usual reaction to the Original Bro (Picture: WWE)

WWE legend Goldberg has branded Riddle a ‘p***k’ – but admits he still as some respect for him.

The real life issues between the former world champion and ex-UFC star are well publicised, but it seems the 54-year-old star – who is set for a WWE Title match against Bobby Lashley at SummerSlam this weekend – is at least willing to praise Riddle’s talents.

He told DAZN: ‘“Yeah. The cocky kid spouting off his mouth in the beginning, and I didn’t appreciate it very much by any stretch of the imagination.

‘But the guy has put in a lot of frickin’ hard work and a lot of hard work, and he’s dedicated his life to this business.

‘Whether I like him as a human being or not, I have to understand and appreciate his passion for the business and his work ethic.

‘Because he works hard and that I appreciate as an athlete and as a human. Is he a p***k sometimes? Absolutely. But that’s him. That’s his character, and so am I.’

Former United States Champion Riddle has been open about their personal issues too, but he’s revealed how they recently seemed to reach a new stage in their professional relationship.

‘I saw Bill the other day before he challenged Bobby Lashley and he was walking to the Gorilla Position and I was standing there and I was with Damian Priest at the time,’ the Original Bro recalled to Sony Sports India.

‘And he says hi to everybody, and then Goldberg comes up to me gives me a look. He was making a face and then he goes, “Hey, congratulations kid…” and I was like, “Oh man, Goldberg is kind of nice!”

‘So I gave him a little handshake and he went out and challenged Bobby and then he was coming out, through Gorilla again and I was like, “Hey Goldberg, good stuff!”

‘And as he gave me a fist bump he says, “I only need two moves”. So I was like, “Oh man, the guy’s still got it!” ‘

And Riddle previously opened up exclusively to Metro.co.uk about how he didn’t see anything personal in their disagreements – at least from his side.

‘Eh, the guy’s a stud in his own right. I’m not a big fan of his work. He knows that, a lot of people aren’t. If he could get over that, he probably could work with me,’ he suggested.

‘The thing is, I have no ill will. I’m not like, “I hate your family” or anything. I have nothing against you, I just don’t like your pro wrestling, your in-ring ability. That is it! Just take that, just take that, that’s it. There’s nothing personal here!’


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