Friday, September 4, 1998
SLAM! Wrestling Guest Column
Why is Goldberg the champ?
Well sort of. Only this time you will not have to take your vitamins, you will not have to say your prayers. There will not be any music that repeats Hulk! Hulk! over and over again. No one is going to get in the ring on television once a month and no one is going to pose for hours, only to tear off an already ripped shirt. No, none of this will happen, because this time his name is not Hulk Hogan. This time his name is GOLDBERG.
Bill Goldberg is now "The Man" in professional wrestling. He is the man who dominates anyone who dares to oppose him. He is the man that everyone looks up to. He is the one who's name, when even hinted as being said, gets the fans in a craze. He is WCW's World Champion.
My question is why?
Why do the fans love a guy who fights the equivalent in a week as Benoit or The Rock does in a match? How can a guy represent a whole organization when he only has ten months experience. Not to mention his in-ring ability that consists of a whopping two moves. Should I add that in an age where there are more interviews than wrestling matches Goldberg has absolutely no mic skills.
Many have said he is a good wrestler, he just needs a trip back to the Power Plant, WCW's training ground. Obviously that has not worked in the past for him, or many wrestlers in the WCW for that matter. No, the only thing that can save Goldberg now is to team up with Stu Hart, who in a real fight could probably take him, and enter the Dungeon. After about a year or two he might become a real wrestler.
Furthermore, along with the World Championship Belt, are not classic match-ups supposed to come hand-in-hand? Let's look back on some of Goldberg's title reign:
Now we can look at the future...War Games. Always a personal favourite. But "Who's Next" for Goldberg? Hogan, Giant and Hart make up team Hollywood. Nash, Sting and Luger will make up team Wolfpack. And DDP, Piper and Warrior make up team WCW/OWN? Saturn faces Raven and the Steiner brothers are going to do battle. So the new catch phrase should be "Who's Left?" But like always I have your solution. The next number one contender will be...Jim Neidhart! Oh that's right, he lost his last match so that's a no go. But wait! Lodi won his last match!
Brian Robertson is from Oshawa, Ontario. He can be emailed at Binky2@home.com