It looks we finally know Who’s Next for Goldberg as the former world champion is rumored to be making a return to a WWE ring at WrestleMania 33 or Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar. Can I ask if this really means anything and should we care?
After all the hype of a potential return this year at WrestleMania 32 and the chance of facing The Undertaker, replacing Shane McMahon in the Hell in a Cell match, I’ve heard about all I want to hear about the 49-year-old giving it a go one more time in a wrestling ring. There are much better things the company can do with Lesnar in the company’s biggest event of the year.
“It seems as though Bill Goldberg is coming back to WWE, extending beyond an appearance in ‘WWE 2K17′. According to several report WWE and Goldberg are currently finalizing a deal that would see the pro-wrestling icon return to a WWE ring,” writes Anthony DiMoro of Forbes.com.
“Per my source, WWE had made a strong offer to Goldberg and the sides have been in quiet negotiations since the summer. WWE wants to secure Goldberg in time to build a match between him and Brock Lesnar for WrestleMania 33.”
Please excuse me if I don’t get too excited over this. A one-off match is fine – given the fact the rumors of Goldberg’s return have been rampant for some time now – but personally, I am growing tired of all talk and no action. I’m also growing tired of the possibility of this match becoming a huge hype-fest without substance in the ring. While Vince McMahon loves this kind of match, where two brawlers get in a ring and beat the hell out of each other, it sets up for a huge disappointment in Orlando. I know I am in the minority here.
A DATE WITH HISTORY
Let me save everyone the drama of what will happen on Sunday at No Mercy. John Cena will walk out of the main event with the WWE World Title around his waist, typing Ric Flair for the most championships in wrestling history. I know records are meant to be broken, but I don’t have to like this one bit.
The fact Flair is a supporter of history being made irks me even more.
The Triple Threat match between Cena, the current champion AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose has the makings of a solid main event. The work all three men have done to promote this match is solid. If Cena does not win, it would be more shocking than anything else. And once he claims a piece of history, does he hold onto the strap for any length of time?
The fear with putting the title on Cena, only for him to lose it (possibly Tuesday night following No Mercy) is it devalues the standard set by the 15-time champion. It also means WWE threw him a bone. If Styles wins the title again in short fashion, does the WWE World Title lose its importance (it already has) and what happens to Ambrose once the smoke clears?
TAG TEAM UNREST
I am not the only one who feels Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are getting the shaft with the current chase for the WWE World Tag Team Titles. It’s time to retire The New Day as champions and see where The Club can take the straps. WWE has done a poor job of booking the former IWGP champions.
What in the world is holding WWE back? Why haven’t these two not only claimed the belts, but dominated the tag team scene? In this new era of wrestling, bringing back a style once perfected by Scott Hall and Kevin Nash would be ideal and would certainly help ratings. I appreciate the sophomoric humor of late and the attempt at edgier substance, but let these guys run roughshod over the division for a while until Enzo and Cass step up or Cesaro and Sheamus work out their differences and have a run at the titles.