On Sunday night, WWE will present their annual pay-per-view event known as Survivor Series, which is one of the company’s big four each year. Traditional elimination-style tag matches and championship bouts will see Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE battle for brand supremacy. Still, the main event will pit a returning Bill Goldberg against Brock Lesnar in a match that many people have considered to be controversial, but how does Eric Bischoff feel about the match?
The return of Goldberg to WWE after 12 years away is a huge deal, and the company is making it come across as just that. Goldberg’s rematch with Brock after his victory over Lesnar in WrestleMania XX is one that many thought would never happen, but the time has finally arrived for it to take place, and the hype is real.
One person that has a big opinion on the match is the man who was there when Goldberg first orchestrated “the streak” in WCW, and that is Eric Bischoff.
Recently, 120 Sports decided to speak with Bischoff about the match and discuss why Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series is being seen as “controversial.” Many believe that the main event spot on a huge PPV shouldn’t belong to a part-time wrestler (Lesnar) and one that hasn’t been in any ring in more than a decade (Goldberg). Does Bischoff feel that way, though?
“Not at all. I mean I think it’s a lot of hyperbole that the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) likes to talk about how young guys deserve a spot and all the rhetoric that goes along with that kind of psychology.”
Sure, there might be a lot of guys on the main event roster that deserve to be in that spot, and a few names right off the bat are AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose. Survivor Series is a different type of an experience, though, and having those names in the elimination-style tag matches makes them just as important.
Bischoff thought that relaying a couple of facts about the big main event could reassure the world that WWE is doing the smart thing.
“Brock Lesnar is a bonafide star whether he is part-time, full-time, or somewhere in between. He’s one of the biggest names in the industry right now.
“Bill Goldberg, while he’s been out of the business for some time, he still remains in the eyes of many people…Bill Goldberg represents some of the best of that ‘Monday Night War’ era.”
Sure, fans might have hated their bout at WrestleMania XX, but this is something that is unexpected and something that has been talked about for years. Being able to have these two immensely popular stars brawl on Survivor Series is what old and new wrestling fans want to see.
Goldberg admitted to Rolling Stone that he wasn’t necessarily doing this fight for the love of things, but to have something to share with his family. He wants to show his son, his wife, and a whole new generation of wrestling fans what it is like to see him in the ring.
It’s not going to be a big surprise if this is Goldberg’s one, only, and final match in WWE or any wrestling ring. He’s already said that as of now, he and the company have a deal in place for one match and one match only. Bischoff thinks that fact gives this match even more appeal and makes it that much bigger.
“You’ve got two major stars. You’ve got what is likely going to be a one-off event that is going to attract a lot of attention. Sometimes, you’ve just got to suck it up buttercup, and be glad that you’re on the same card.”
Survivor Series is always a big deal for WWE, and it’s obvious that they want it to be even bigger this year by making it four hours long instead of three. Eric Bischoff is a wrestling personality, but he’s also a businessman. He knows that many superstars from Raw and SmackDown LIVE will be battling it out, but the feature on Sunday is Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar. Sure, it might seem controversial, but Vince McMahon is a smart businessman too and knows exactly what he is doing.
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