by Kevin Mahoney / Staff Writer
Former 1x WCW Heavyweight Champion, 1x WWE Heavyweight Champion, 2x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, 1x WCW World Tag Team Champion…..Bill Goldberg.
On Oct. 5, 2016, Goldberg was featured on an edition of ESPN’s First Take. Goldberg, long-time WCW and WWE veteran, spoke on a possible return to the ring.
Goldberg discussed matters of his career, also, the excitement of new video-game release, WWE 2K17. Now, if you didn’t know, Goldberg is a featured character in this year’s WWE, “2K” installment. Allegedly, being featured within the game, as downloadable content, was a major contributor towards making his decision.
Goldberg had his last match in the WWE, at WrestleMania XX, versus Brock Lesnar. Goldberg would go on to defeat Lesnar, in what was/is widely regarded as a lackluster performance from both. Goldberg and Lesnar would both retire from the WWE, shortly afterwards. Now, flash forward to 2016. Goldberg is a retired legend, Lesnar is an active wrestler on the WWE Raw roster.
Lesnar’s “agent,” Paul Heyman, made his way to the ring on the Oct. 10 edition of Raw. Heyman would go on to speak about Goldberg and his undefeated streak in the WCW. (173-0, 155-0 on close-record). Heyman would later tease the idea of a Goldberg/Lesnar rematch. He quoted in USA Today, “Goldberg is still one-up on Brock Lesnar…Goldberg, you sir, are here-by challenged to a fight.”
On Oct. 17, Goldberg returned to Raw, for the first-time ever, since having retired after WrestleMania XX. (20) Goldberg entered, the entire building erupted, into an endless chant, screaming out, “Gooooooolberg..Goooooolberg.” Goldberg quotes in USA Today, “Brock Lesnar…Not only does that mean, that you’re next…But most importantly, it means, that you’re LAST!!!”
So, Goldberg accepted the challenge to battle with Lesnar one last time. After a couple weeks, filled with uncontrollable attacks and tensions steadily rising. Lesnar and Goldberg are booked for a Mega Match, which happened in the main event of Survivor Series, on Nov. 20.
Now, I think it is very fair to say that most, if not all, of the WWE Universe expected this main event to be an epic battle between them. If you did, it is also fair to say, that you may have been left a bit disappointed. Goldberg defeated Lesnar in a whopping minute and 24 seconds. Yup. Goldberg threw Lesnar around like a rag-doll. It was to the point, where it almost seemed effortless.
On Goldberg’s behalf. Now, having been a huge fan of both wrestling and Goldberg, since a young age….I was ecstatic. Although, I can understand, why many people viewed the match as being underwhelming. It was. I can see where the frustrations are coming from. Although, personally, I am nothing short of excited to see what is next for Gooooooooldberg!