You Shouldn’t Be Excited to See Goldberg in WWE

Goldberg looks like he'll wrestle Brock Lesnar, but his heart was never in pro wrestling ...

Perhaps I’m in a very small minority, but I don’t have a single ounce of excitement when it comes to seeing Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar.

Goldberg is 50 years old. He’s going to go up against WWE’s resident monster, and I’m sure he’ll lose while being made to look relatively equal. If Goldberg isn’t coming in to get squashed, I don’t want him on my television screen.

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Pardon me for not having happy memories when it comes to Bill Goldberg, but I can’t honestly understand what people are so excited about. His WWE run wasn’t too memorable with the exception of that embarrassing match he had with Lesnar at WrestleMania 20.

Goldberg knew he was on his way out the door — it was his last night in the company — and he crapped on the match and every fan in that building and watching on television. Fans who paid their hard-earned money to pay his over-inflated salary.

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It’s not as if Goldberg didn’t have a reputation for that, though.

I never got the impression that Bill Goldberg cared about pro wrestling or the people that follow it. Pro wrestling was a paycheck for him. If you watch Raw, and you love the genre, you should be offended that WWE would even consider giving him a payoff.

Unless something has changed over the last 12 years, Bill Goldberg will come to Survivor Series, he’ll have a match with Brock Lesnar, it will be a snoozefest, he’ll take his money and leave.

WWE is walking a fine line here. Between this — Goldberg said he wants his son to see him wrestle — and allowing Shane McMahon to be Undertaker’s opponent at WrestleMania 32, this feels like WWE’s version of a fantasy camp.

As a fan, I’m not excited. I’m dreading it.

Listen to any interview with a former WCW or WWE wrestler about Goldberg, and you’ll hear stories about him using the “well if this were real” excuse when not wanting to work hard in a match or put other guys over.

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Well, if it were real, Brock Lesnar would send Bill Goldberg to the hospital.

Bill Goldberg is a name, but then the bell has to ring.

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