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Goldberg Vs. Ryback Must Happen In The WWE

Thursday 26th, September 2013 / 10:48 Written by

You have heard the chants now for close to a year. Every week the fans are chanting for Goldberg whenever Ryback hits the ring or the ramp. The WWE fans have spoken and it’s time to give the fans what they want. Bring in Goldberg!

It pains me to write this blog. I am about as far from a Goldberg fan as you’ll find. I think his impact on the business is incredibly overrated. The man also seems as full of himself as ever on Twitter. The last thing I want to do is encourage anyone to feed his ego. Yet at the end of the day even can only ignore the obvious for so long before acknowledging that the fans are demanding to see him.

The phenomenon of Goldberg is a weird thing in 2013. He hasn’t appeared on television in years. His big run in WCW was only for a brief time. It has been proven that most of the WCW fan base never came back to pro wrestling. Yet for some reason or another, his legend has sustained. Quite frankly it’s remarkable.

The chants for Goldberg got louder the more Ryback was pushed. Once Ryback was pushed to the main-event last year against CM Punk, the Goldberg chants got louder and louder. It’s easy to say that it is just a fad but we are now talking close to a year. Every time the man steps out from the locker room whether he is a heel or a babyface, the fans want to see Goldberg. It’s not just a fad anymore, there is some real substance here.

Let’s call a spade a spade here. The match would be pretty terrible. I haven’t seen Ryback have many good matches and Goldberg’s matches were a lot of smoke and mirrors. It’s a tricky match to book because the expectations for a match that has been brewing for a year are going to be huge. It just can’t be that good. Can it be fun? Sure, I see no reason why you couldn’t book a fun match with these guys. I just wouldn’t expect any kind of a classic.

Where do you do it? Could you hold it off until WrestleMania? I don’t think so. I can’t see Ryback sustaining his spot through Mania. I think you have to strike while the iron is still hot with this thing. I think you book the match for the Survivor Series. Help Ryback now while there is still time instead of waiting until Ryback is banished back to the middle of the card. Paying Goldberg’s price tag doesn’t make much business sense otherwise.

Again I am certainly not clamoring for the match. At the same time you have to listen to your audience and this is an audience that has demanded this match for a year. We aren’t talking about a small group of fans trying to get noticed on television, we are talking about a large voice of fans from around the world. It’s time to give them what they want and they want Bill Goldberg.

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Eric Gargiulo is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia.

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