Goldberg: Who’s Next?By Charlie (@Olajuw0n) | March 30, 2017 5:00 AM PDT | Articles, WWE
Bill Goldberg’s return this past year has been fascinating to say the least.
Whilst many have been divided on his recent endeavors within the WWE, it is clear that Vince McMahon and the creative team have strong faith in the three time world champion. He easily dispatched of Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series in a minute and twenty six seconds, eliminated Lesnar from the Royal Rumble and captured the WWE Universal Championship from Kevin Owens in twenty two seconds – dominance can be used simply to describe his current run.
However, with a looming rematch against Lesnar for the Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania, there is a very high possibility that the title will change hands on the Grandest Stage of them All. The creative team seem to be high on Goldberg from the way he has been booked alone and will probably be sticking around for the foreseeable future. But that leaves a lot of questions in the air – what avenues should the Goldberg character be taken down? Who should he feud with? Should his matches remain under two minutes to avoid showcasing his obvious ring flaws? This writer feels as if he has the answers to those questions and more!
The COO of WWE is currently involved in a blood feud with former protege Seth Rollins. The outcome of that of course is yet to be determined, but with some animosity displayed between Goldberg and Stephanie McMahon in regards to the upcoming title match with Lesnar, the King of Kings could swoop in to protect his wife’s honor. At forty seven and fifty respectively, Triple H and Goldberg are in the twilight years of their careers, and the biggest issue with this match in the words of Paul Heyman would be if Goldberg could “hang in the ring” with Triple H. Perhaps a tumultuous no disqualification match between the two could distract fans from Goldberg’s alleged lack of stamina, a trait that has plagued him since his WCW days. Although this wouldn’t be a fresh match up by any means, a rekindled rivalry has never gone amiss.
It’s surprising that the Deadman and Goldberg have yet to face off in one on one action.
When Taker eliminated Bill from the Rumble, it’s safe to say that the prospect of a dream match between these men who held the two most iconic streaks in professional wrestling flashed within the minds of many wrestling fans. Undertaker is set to face the aforementioned Reigns at WrestleMania, but a marquee match between these two aged icons could be a spectacle at SummerSlam. The match would implore the same marketing tactic WWE have used frequently in recent times; two old timers who have name value which draws both casual and hardcore fans to the product. Like Triple H, Undertaker is heading towards the end of his career, and a spot heavy match could hide the imperfections of both men.
Seeds were planted for a possible Reigns-Goldberg feud on the January 2nd edition of Raw, where the two faced off during the “Kevin Owens Show” segment. After an exchange of words and a staredown, the two delivered a double spear to Braun Strowman in what was an exciting moment. With Reigns’ character moving into tweener territory, perhaps his cocky mannerisms and persona which he currently exudes with the Undertaker could continue in a feud with Goldberg – taking a potential twist on Randy Orton’s Legend Killer run – that is if Bill was willing to put Roman over, and if the creative team trust Roman to carry Goldberg despite being relatively green himself.