Wrestling fans don’t need to be reminded that the original Goldberg vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania XX was an abject failure. Almost everyone knew that both Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar were to be leaving WWE after their match, and they also knew both men were not giving it their 100 percent in the ring. But what about their rematch at Survivor Series 2016, which comes more than 12 years after the WrestleMania XX debacle, with Goldberg all of 49-years-old and wrestling his first match in over a decade?
In an appearance on WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross’ podcast The Ross Report (as quoted by Wrestling Inc), Goldberg talked about his confirmed match against Lesnar at Survivor Series, which takes place on November 20 in Toronto, Canada. Keeping WrestleMania XX in mind, Goldberg isn’t discounting the possibility that he’ll get booed, but once all is said and done, he hopes that fans will “have fun” watching Goldberg vs. Lesnar II at Survivor Series. He also promised to let any boos motivate him in the match, instead of demoralizing him to the point of delivering a phoned-in performance.
— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) October 24, 2016
“At the end of the day, it’s other people’s interpretation upon your act at that moment, so if I get booed, then, I’ll take it out on Brock more so than I’m doing already,” said Goldberg. “And I believe that that’s what we wanted to do to each other when we were booed the last time we met. And I think this time, the gloves, as we say, are off, so this is going to be a war.”
With two months remaining before his 50th birthday and 12 years of wrestling inactivity on him, Bill Goldberg is no spring chicken. He’s at an age where most wrestlers are already retired from the sport, and he admitted to Ross that running the ropes doesn’t come easy anymore at his age. But while Goldberg vs. Lesnar at WrestleMania XX saw a plethora of rest holds exchanged between both men, and little explosive, exciting action. Hopefully, that won’t be the case at Survivor Series. Goldberg teased a violent match at the upcoming pay-per-view event, although he noted that he’s still trying to “figure out the right combination” of moves to showcase during the match.
“As far as taking bumps and giving bumps, I’ve been taking bumps and I’ve been giving bumps, but they are of a completely different kind. So just because I’m not up on my hitting the ropes skills, (that doesn’t) mean that I don’t bring something to the table that will far exceed expectations as far as violence is concerned.. That’s what we do, man.”
Although there will be no titles on the line as Goldberg and Lesnar face off at Survivor Series 2016, a different kind of high stakes are in the air for Bill Goldberg. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, crowd response to the whole comeback run, Survivor Series match presumably included, could determine whether his ongoing WWE return will be a one-shot deal, or if he’ll be making further appearances going forward. And it’s also clear that WWE wants to position Goldberg as the babyface in the feud with Lesnar, which proved difficult on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 25, 2016
According to WrestleZone, WWE owner and chairman Vince McMahon “blew a gasket” on Monday when he noticed Minneapolis fans were cheering their hometown hero, Brock Lesnar, instead of Goldberg. That forced McMahon to hastily end a promo segment featuring Lesnar and his manager/mouthpiece Paul Heyman, which already seemed uncharacteristically awkward at that point.
Goldberg vs. Lesnar II is a very important match for WWE, no question about it, but its potential success will still largely depend on the two men scheduled to fight it out at Survivor Series 2016. Could they deliver as promised? We’ve got only about four weeks to go before we find out.
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