Goldberg VS Lesnar
November 30, 2016
Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar in under 90 seconds at Survivor Series on 20 November, but reports suggest that the wrestling entertainment company had initially planned something different for the fight. However, the company feels that today’s wrestling audience is familiar enough with UFC to know that fights can end quickly and explosively. With that in mind they didn’t feel that anyone would feel ripped off or dissatisfied with the finish of the bout. The last time the two superstars fought was 12 years ago in 2004 at WrestleMaina 20, the former WCW and WWE champion Goldberg was victorious. This time around, the WWE reportedly wanted the Beast Incarnate to get his revenge on the 49-year-old wrestler, but this was changed a week before the event. According to reports, Goldberg first signed a one-match deal with the WWE and the plan was for the wrestler to lose the rematch against Lesnar. Moreover, the WWE’s original plan was to build the Goldberg vs Lesnar match as a real fight which included Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) maneuvers. But after he signed the deal a week or so before Survivor Series, the initial plan was replaced and Goldberg emerged victorious in the fight. Goldberg is set to fight in the a 30-man over-the-top-rope elimination Royal Rumble match, which is scheduled to take place at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on 29 January 2017. Lesnar is also booked for the pay-per-view event, but whether he will be included in the 30-man line-up or another fight is yet to be revealed. On episode 302 of Talk Is Jericho, WWE Superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jerichoshared his thoughts on the finish of the WWE Survivor Series main event between Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg.
In Jericho’s view, Goldberg squashing Lesnar in Toronto, Canada was “pretty brilliant” as it had shock-value while protecting the performers. Also, the match allows the storyline to continue. “I loved the Goldberg finish. I think it was very smart. Had they gone out there for about a 10-minute match, and kind of been a little bit plodding, or maybe somebody blows up or whatever it may be, I don’t think it would have been as effective. It was a shock-value, water cooler moment. Everybody’s talking about it; it sets up for a huge main event rematch; and we have something to talk about, so I think it was a great idea. Everyone was shocked; everyone was surprised, but after thinking about it for a minute, I think it was actually a pretty brilliant finish. So congratulations to those guys. Congratulations to Goldberg for coming back and making his mark right away. According to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar could interfere in the Royal Rumble match and get Goldberg eliminated. From there, WWE could build a fight between the two at WrestleMania 33, to boost falling ratings of the entertainment company. WrestleMania 33 is scheduled for 2 April 2017.