For the first time in 12 years, Bill Goldberg was on WWE’s Monday Night Raw. For the younger fans of wrestling, the importance of Goldberg’s character and achievements may not be fully realized, as he spent the majority of his career in rival promotion WCW during the well-known “Monday Night Wars” of the mid to late 1990s.
For those needing a reminder of just how dominant Goldberg was in a ring, here is a quick video showing how important he was to WCW:
For those who are well aware of the significance of his return, this is a huge deal for the WWE. Having a superstar like this return will be a huge draw, especially for fans of older wrestling who have since then lost their interest in the product.
Brock Lesnar’s manager, Paul Heyman, was the one who challenged Goldberg to a fight, after Goldberg appeared on ESPN in an interview with Jonathan Coachman. Goldberg was primarily there to promote the WWE’s latest video game, WWE2K17, but mentioned that he would be willing to take on Lesnar one more time, since he already beat him once.
That victory came on March 14, 2004, at WrestleMania 20, or WrestleMania XX. Goldberg was able to successfully spear Lesnar, and then hit him with his jackhammer finishing move. This match did not yield much positive reception, as most of the WWE Universe was aware that both Goldberg and Lesnar would be leaving the company after that match, and many felt as if the quality of their bout was sub-par at best.
Now, it seems like most people forgot about that match, as they simply want to see this legendary figure return to the squared circle. In his return, Goldberg’s promo was spot-on, sounding as intimidating as ever, but also sounding sincere, especially when discussing how much he loves being a role model to all of the kids watching. He finished by saying that he has one more match in him, and that Lesnar is not only be the next victim to fall to Goldberg, but also the last.
In terms of booking this feud moving forward, Brock Lesnar is scheduled to respond to Goldberg on next week’s episode of Raw. Until then, the WWE Universe will have to wait to see just exactly how this will play out.
According to WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross, the two are set to finally clash at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, which will be on November 20, 2016, in Toronto.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) October 5, 2016
If this is true, then expect a lot of time over the next few weeks being spent on building up the importance of this feud, as well as the WWE constantly reminding the fans of how seemingly indestructible Goldberg was.
Going into this match, fans should certainly be very excited to see Goldberg between the ropes once again. His being on the card alone could fill the entire arena, and Goldberg’s name as a draw will never be in question.
One aspect that is in question is his age. Goldberg is 49 years old, and has not wrestled in years. From the WWE2K17 trailer and from his appearance on Raw, it seems that he still is in decent shape.
Brock Lesnar is ten years younger at 39, and no one can doubt his almost superhuman athleticism. Even if Goldberg has remained in good shape after all these years, going up against Brock Lesnar is no easy feat. An example of how dangerous Lesnar can be would be the fact that the Undertaker – who, at that time, was younger than Goldberg – collapsed backstage after their fight at WrestleMania 30. His 6-3 MMA record, which included winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt, is also incredibly impressive.
In short, the fans getting excited for this match should not expect an in-ring masterpiece – instead, this will more than likely be a slugfest with a couple of cool set pieces thrown in.
Regardless, no one can deny that is is pretty cool to have Goldberg back for (at least) one more match.
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