Get Goldberg; Oh, What A Rush!

Mark Madden


TNA won’t ever get Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Rock. Neither will burn his bridge with WWE, which is where the real big-money comeback is should boredom or finance dictate. Ken “Anderson” doesn’t mean anything. Same with Rob Van Dam and Sid Vicious. Brian Kendrick wasn’t worth the plane ticket.

The guy TNA needs is Goldberg. Then TNA needs to use him the same way WCW did: As a one-dimensional killing machine who never loses.

Goldberg is no Vince Russo fan, but he HATES Vince McMahon. If Goldberg ever comes back – and it’s doubtful – he’ll come back to TNA. Goldberg is 43, young by current wrestling standards, and has been just visible enough in the various media to keep himself relevant.

Being one-dimensional is fine – if it works. Goldberg should have never lost in WCW. He should still be winning somewhere. At the very least, Goldberg should have kept winning until the fans didn’t buy into it. What the fans definitely didn’t buy into was Goldberg’s winning streak ending in the lamest fashion possible.

Vince Russo – the Pittsburgh Pirates of wrestling bookers – wanted to “add depth” to Goldberg’s character so he could take partial credit. Just like Hulk Hogan did when he volunteered to lose the WCW belt to Goldberg on WCW’s July 6, 1998 Georgia Dome Nitro. The show was well on its way to selling 41,412 tickets before that match was made – in fact, Goldberg had to "beat" Scott Hall earlier in the show to “earn” a title shot. But Hogan took credit for the house anyway, giving himself extra props for being unselfish, brother.

If a wrestler is over, and drawing, and moving merch, his character doesn’t need more depth. Goldberg wasn’t broke. But WCW still tried to fix him. Goldberg was the “real” guy. WCW made Goldberg just another fake wrestler. (Vintage Hogan, by the way. If he can’t elevate himself to your level, he’ll have the booker bring you down to his.)

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