What was Vince McMahon thinking?! Seriously. Brock Lesnar may as well have been James Ellsworth in what was basically an overhyped squash match that was the Survivor Series main event. Surely the man has lost it.
While Brock Lesnar was heavily favored to beat Goldberg at Survivor Series, a last-minute shift in the betting odds leaked that Goldberg was going to go over. That’s when we began to get information that he and Vince McMahon had agreed to a deal to keep him with WWE past the pay-per-view. But no one was expecting Lesnar to get speared twice and the Jackhammer in a match that was less than two minutes long.
I, like you, was initially shocked. I even told one of my friends on Facebook that Vince had lost his mind. But then I took a step back, gauged the fan reaction and believe that Vince made the right call. A gutsy call but the right call.
Since July, WWE has badly lacked a buzz. Viewership has been down, the product has been stale and interest has been near an all-time low. They needed something to give them some heat and they got it by bringing in Bill Goldberg.
However, the buzz died off quickly as it was evident the promos lacked and the match outcome was obvious. Lesnar was going to mow through Goldberg and send him right back into retirement. And then Vince flipped the script.
Literally no one saw Lesnar vs. Goldberg playing out how it did and as a result, all anyone can talk about is the Survivor Series finish. Website traffic is outstanding, the match is trending social media and everyone is ready to tune in for Raw to see what happens next. It worked.
We as wrestling fans have to get out of this mentality that a single loss is going to destroy someone’s career and all they have accomplished. Brock Lesnar lost badly in one of the most lopsided WWE pay-per-view main events in WWE history but the dominance is what made Goldberg in the first place.
Goldberg is not someone that is going to get over on the mic. He has admitted he doesn’t like to talk and he’s uncomfortable trying to do it. He’s going to be 50 years old next month and hasn’t wrestled in over a decade. Goldberg is not going to give you a five-star match like you could set up on the WWE 2K17 video game.
The only way to get Goldberg over in 2016 is to simply go to what made him a WCW megastar to begin with. Vince McMahon ignored everyone and did what had to be done. That doesn’t mean that Brock Lesnar is now the biggest jobber in the company, it means he got stunned by someone that still looks the part.
It almost reminds me of the 2016 US Presidential election. Vince often borrows from the mainstream and everyone thought that Hillary Clinton was going to defeat Donald Trump in a landslide but the exact opposite happened. That’s what we saw last night at Survivor Series and for the first time in a long time, I’m actually anxious to see where they take it.
Will Goldberg or Brock Lesnar be on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw?
Here comes the second groan from the IWC as neither Goldberg nor Brock Lesnar are advertised to appear on tonight’s WWE Raw in Toronto. However, WWE is questioning in their official preview if Goldberg will appear to deliver “an official farewell.” The fact that WWE is leaving this in suspense is a major step in the right direction.
Stop criticizing WWE for failing to give fans something unpredictable and exciting and then get outraged the moment they do something unpredictable and exciting. No one knows how this is going to play out and even if they completely drop the ball, Vince McMahon proved once again last night he’s the greatest promoter of all-time.
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