In an interview with Shakiel Mahjouri and SHAK Wrestling, Bill Goldberg spoke on his brief run with All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Following the closure of WCW in 2001, Goldberg wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) between 2002 and 2003. His brief tenure there had eventually lead to his WWE debut in March of 2003.
During the interview, Shakiel Mahjouri had asked Goldberg about his AJPW run, and Goldberg responded showing his enjoyment for that run.
"Nothing but happiness. I mean truly.. I came to the realization that the guys who were the badasses, were the ones who could transfer over to Japan."
Goldberg continued, seeming to really enjoy the seriousness of the different style of wrestling that Japan has.
"It was a completely different style of wrestling. It was more serious, it was more MMA.. It was more reality. Those guys didn't b--ch if you hit them. They loved it.. It was just a completely different deal."
Goldberg had also talked about the fan difference that the Japan audience has compared to the American audiences.
"The fans were sitting on their hands the whole time. You didn't hear anything. You could hear a pin drop, but it doesn't mean they don't enjoy what they're watching. It's out of respect."
Speaking about his football career, Goldberg had talked about playing in the Japan Bowl in football in 1980 and how that made it a place that he wanted to go back to for a really long time. He finished by reiterating his feelings on wrestling in Japan.
"Like I said, Hogan and the big badasses were able to translate over to the Japanese audience. It was an honor and an absolute privilege to be over there and to perform."
Goldberg had finished the interview by reiterating his feelings on wrestling in Japan.
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