Remember former NFL lineman and wrestling star Goldberg? You know, the big bald guy who used to use a spear to help finish people off in the wrestling ring when he was in the WCW and WWE. Either way, Goldberg recently said that he may make his return to the ring and if he does return to the WWE, he plans on taking San Diego Linebacker Shawne Merriman with him as his tag-team partner. Apparently Goldberg and Merriman know each other well and have talked about this possibility. However, before you get too nervous San Diego fans, just listen to this interview. It sounds like “Lights Out” is looking to bounce back in 2010 from two pretty disappointing seasons.
Shawne Merriman joined XX Sports Radio in San Diego with Darren Smith to talk about the talk about him potentially joining the WWE, whether or not he has had talks with Vince McMahon or Goldberg, and how he feels heading into the season.
On what is going on with him and the WWE:
“It’s been talked about. I guess it’s the off season and with things a little slow there’s probably some other things to be talked about. I just want to set the record straight. I’m preparing myself for a 110 percent hell of a season, football season that is. All that stuff is talk. I’m a huge, huge wrestling fan, I’ve always been, and I’ve had a few talks with Vince McMahon before and it’s a possibility. It’s just talks really. That’s all it’s been.”
On what’s the time frame of him joining the WWE:
“Not saying it’s a possibility of me doing it, it’s just been talked about as a possibility. Especially a lot of things happening with the CBA and stuff like that going on. All that stuff will take care of itself. I’ve just been training to get back to where I want to be playing football. Because that’s the most important thing to me in my life right now.”
On what it’s like dealing with Vince McMahon:
“He’s a great businessman and he’s built something that’s become a huge empire and has fans all across the world, including myself. Great business man.”
On whether or not he is going to be playing pro football this upcoming season:
“Absolutely. No question about it. All that other stuff is just talks. I was disappointed with the way our season left off and it’s been motivating me to get back to working out again and get my ass back on the field, period. That’s what it’s come to and regardless of what has happened with the CBA or where I’m playing at or whatever the case is, I have to be physically and mentally ready to go play football. That’s it.”
On how likely it is that he can make more money in the WWE than in the NFL:
“Like I said. Anything is possible. There’s 1,000 possibilities. I can’t even narrow it down to one. My number one thing and I know for sure is, I will be ready for football this year and that’s what’s most important.”
On how his offseason program differs from the team’s because he is training away from the facilities:
“I’m doing a lot of the same things that the team is doing. I would like to get back with the team as soon as possible and work out something where I’m able to train and be there in the facility and at least while I’m being part of the team I can get ready there along with the rest of my teammates.”
On what Donovan McNabb to the Raiders would mean to Oakland:
“It would make them better. Obviously Donovan has been a starter in the league for years, he’s been known as a Pro Bowl and Hall-Of-Fame type guy and it’s a part of the business that sucks. It really does. That a guy can create a legacy in one place and have to get up and go to another and possibly to do it in another arena or with another organization. That’s just the way things are, but it will definitely make them better as a team.”