On a recent episode of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff spoke about what talent decided to rile up Goldberg backstage and why they consistently did it.
Goldberg was new to the industry and was often targeted due to being the new guy.
Bischoff commented on who would stir up Goldberg:
“Oh, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall. Arn Anderson. And I’m not saying that these people were in his ear trying to screw with him, or giving him bad advice. But when you’re getting advice that is sometimes diametrically opposed to the last advice you just got from somebody you respect, it can be very confusing when you don’t have a basis of experience like Bill did at the time. So he was getting pulled in a lot of different directions. So a lot of top people who were in Bill’s circle and saw Bill as a valuable commodity and opportunity, and somebody who could grow as a character. You know, someone they wanted to work with down the road. So there were a lot of people in his ear. But you know, a lot of them were really top people. And there were some people that Bill just trusted and had confidence in. I’m sure Barry Bloom and his attorney Henry Holmes had a lot to do with Bill’s outlook and perspective on things as well. So he was getting pulled in a lot of different directions by a lot of different people.”
Eric Bischoff gave his opinion on if they did it to cause chaos or to gain an edge over Goldberg:
“I think it was probably the latter. I think there was a lot of s**t-disturbing going on just for entertainment purposes. It’s easy to push BIll’s buttons. He goes off hurt quickly. It’s not hard to get Bill agitated and excited, and I think he opened himself up to some of that. And I think there was a little bit — maybe more than a little bit — of guys stirring him up and getting in his ear, and twisting him around himself a little bit, just for entertainment purposes.”
Credit 83 Weeks and H/T to 411Mania for the transcription
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