As of last night, Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg is officially happening at the Survivor Series, but the latest WWE rumors suggest that this move on the WWE’s part is causing Raw‘s upcoming Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View to lose ground, ratings-wise!
That’s according to The Independent, whose latest WWE rumors suggest that while this Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match is not only good for the Raw brand since, for the first time in a long time, the ratings are through the roof, it’s good for the upcoming Survivor Series Pay-Per-View event, which is the first Pay-Per-View event that will integrate both brands under the WWE banner. But with all the hype surrounding Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar’s upcoming match, that sort of leaves Hell in a Cell — and all its scheduled fights — in the proverbial lurch. Who’s really talking about Hell in a Cell, now?
For Goldberg, however, the return to the ring after twelve years had a bigger meaning than just a ratings push:
“It’s been twelve years, and there’s a lot of things I miss in this business. The biggest thing I miss — other than kicking ass — is being a superhero for kids all around the world.”
Meanwhile, according to Fox Sports, their latest round of WWE rumors suggest that what Goldberg should be thinking about, now that he’s returning to the ring, is retaining his legacy and upping his WWE stats.
What’s most interesting about Goldberg’s return is not that he’s facing off against Brock Lesnar or getting a long-awaited rematch for that ridiculous WrestleMania XX fight, but that in his prime, Goldberg was better known for his work with the WCW than he was for his work with the WWE. Avid wrestling fans will recall that, during one of the hottest periods of wrestling’s ratings and times, Goldberg defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt, kicking off a jaw-dropping streak of 173 wins and zero losses. For more than a year, Goldberg didn’t lose a single match in the WCW.
And while “173 wins, zero losses,” is probably a little exaggerated, The Miz said that Goldberg’s popularity at the time was so amazing, people would believe anything they were told:
“One day he would have like five wins, then the next week he’d have 15 wins. The number would just go on and on and on to where it was like ‘wait a second, how did he get this many wins in such a short time?’ But, you believed it. I believed it!”
Finally, the latest WWE rumors put forth by Forbes Magazine suggest that Goldberg’s return to the ring is already getting “WrestleMania levels of hype.” Not, mind you, that Goldberg doesn’t deserve all the best promotion — but that level of promotion is leaving Hell in a Cell dry.
We’ll recall that, a few weeks ago, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon issued a challenge to Raw fighters to participate in three separate matches against SmackDown fighters at the Survivor Series. This challenge, then, leaves people more excited about the possibility of Kevin Owens (on Raw) fighting against Chris Jericho (on SmackDown) than they are about Kevin Owens fighting against Seth Rollins, which is the main event at Hell in a Cell.
And now, with the upcoming Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar fight at the Survivor Series, the ratings for Survivor Series will be through the roof… but that means that Hell in a Cell just doesn’t matter.
What do you think about this latest round of WWE rumors? Leave your thoughts about these WWE rumors — and the upcoming Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar fight — in the comments below.
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