Recently, Forbes.com put out an article entitled, “WWE Must Embrace Bill Goldberg’s Willingness to Return for Right Money.” In it, the author posits that a Goldberg return could help sell out all 100,000 seats for WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Apparently, the guy who wrote it, doesn’t remember how bad it was the last time that Goldberg stepped into a WWE ring.
I do, and I assure you, so do a number of other wrestling fans. It was on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania XX – Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar. When the night ended, both men were done with the company. Due to this, neither of them wanted to get injured, so they worked one of the most boring matches in the history of the Showcase of the Immortals.
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Now. If I were to say that Goldberg would draw no interest at all, I’d be lying. I mean, come on – he’s Bill Goldberg. When Ryback showed up in 2012, people chanted “Goldberg” at him, even though that was over a decade removed from the height of Bill’s popularity. I’m not denying that he’s a legend.
What I’m saying, is that the WWE doesn’t need to bring in a 48 year-old man to draw attention. Granted, if they keep at the pace they are on, they very well might. I read the ratings reports. I know that the company is in a bit of disrepair.
Having said that, however, they can make up for all of it with a halfway decent buildup. WrestleMania 31 had an attendance of 76,976, and the story lines leading into the show were mostly hot garbage – especially for the main event.
WrestleMania XXX, which had one of the best lead ups for any WrestleMania ever, boasted an attendance of 75,167. I guarantee it could’ve sold more, had there been more tickets to sell. It’s all about the stories they tell.
If people care, they’ll attend the show. They have to create actual fan investment, and not simply rely on the past. That’s a big part of their problem. Every time they have someone new, that person has to play second fiddle to someone from the past. It happened with CM Punk. He won the title in 2011, and then spent the majority of his 434 days as Champion, wrestling a title match towards the upper-middle of the card.
He wrestled Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Over The Limit 2012, It was an absolutely fantastic match.
You know what the main event of that show was?
John Laurinaitis vs. John Cena.
I made that big and bold, so that it really sinks in.
Look at Seth Rollins. He had the best match of his WWE World Championship reign, opposite John Cena at SummerSlam 2015. The main event of that show? Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker. That’s a special circumstance, but still.
The WWE is far enough down the legends rabbit hole. It’s time to build future stars. Not take a spot on the biggest show of the year, and hand it to a dude who has had that opportunity before, and willingly threw it away.
Plus, The Rock will be back, and he pulled 78,363 for WrestleMania 28, and 80,676 for WrestleMania 29 (and 29 was definitely the one that less people cared about). We have maybe seen millions of spears by now, as well, when you consider all the people that use it.
There goes half of Bill Goldberg’s move set.
Is the Jackhammer really enough to earn him a spot on WrestleMania 32? I’d rather watch Ryback, honestly. At least there’s a chance that he’ll try a top-rope splash, and break his stupid face.
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