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Attention Bill Goldberg: The WWE Needs You to Return
Lesnar's Back, Goldberg Should Be "Next"
Bill Goldberg is one of the most dominant figures in the history of professional wrestling. He was arguably the face of the WCW in its heyday and established a unique legacy that, much like the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak, will likely never be duplicated: his 173 straight victories before suffering his very first defeat. He is a former WCW Champion, United States Champion, Tag Team Champion, and World Heavyweight Champion, and is one of the most entertaining wrestlers of all time. In fact, Bill Goldberg is the very reason I started watching professional wrestling in the first place. He was vicious, resilient, and seemingly unstoppable against any opponent put forth against him. Hulk Hogan, Sting, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar are only a few of the icons he has defeated.
A couple of years after WCW merged with WWE, Goldberg made a shocking debut into the WWE to challenge, and eventually defeat, The Rock. He then went on to rival Chris Jericho, Triple H, and Kane in the coming months before finally having a monstrous showdown with Brock Lesnar. After Goldberg beat Lesnar in that match at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004, the special guest referee, Stone Cold Steve Austin, stunned both Lesnar and Goldberg, and the latter men were never to be seen in WWE again.
That is until the April 2, 2012 edition of Monday Night Raw, when Brock Lesnar made his highly speculated and anticipated return to the WWE. That brings us to the present. Brock Lesnar is back and he is more intense and outspoken than ever. His attacks and words on John Cena have shocked the world, and there seems to be nothing in the WWE that can stop this wrecking machine. He is being called the “new face” of the WWE, and if he beats, and destroys, John Cena at Extreme Rulez, he will undoubtedly be so. We haven't seen anyone this vocally and physically vicious in quite a while, and we need a new hero to challenge his power.
Now there are other Superstars on the roster that could challenge Lesnar if he breaks down the Cenation. These Superstars could even team with Cena at some point in his battle against Brock. Such individuals include Triple H, The Undertaker, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus.But, in reality, if you examine each one of those men carefully, do they really stand a chance against Lesnar’s fury?
Triple H and Undertaker are at a point in their careers where Lesnar would simply be too much for them. No disrespect for either man, but they each only have a handful of fights left in them, and those fights will be reserved for major events. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to see Undertaker or The Game step up to Lesnar, I just don’t think they can handle him right now.
CM Punk is the WWE Champion and currently deep in a storyline with Chris Jericho, though a confrontation with Lesnar wouldn’t be unlikely by mid-summer. Punk claims to be “The Greatest Wrestler in the World” and rightfully so since he defeated Y2J at Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar, however, isn’t back in the WWE to wrestle. He just wants to brutalize people and end careers. I respect CM Punk as an athlete and a wrestler (he is one of my current favorites), but I do not believe he is a match for the powerhouse Lesnar.
Randy Orton is currently involved in a storyline with Kane, though I believe it will soon be over. Then, what if Orton and Lesnar were to cross paths? The Viper is perhaps the most cunning and ruthless wrestler of all time, at one time enjoying kicking innocent people into concussions. But does his prowess really stand a chance against Brock Lesnar’s attitude and strength? He has been prone to injury as of late, too, and Brock would certainly exploit that.
Then there’s the Big Show, the current Intercontinental champion. He is “The Largest Athlete in the World” and a true wrecking machine. There is, though, one thing that this bulldozer doesn’t have that Brock Lesnar has: speed and agility. Brock can sometimes soar with the best, and doesn’t have a slow bone in his body. Big Show is massive, he is powerful, but he is no match for Lesnar now.
Finally there is Sheamus, the best candidate on the current roster to join forces with Cena since Laurinaitis has also targeted him. Plus, Sheamus vs. Lesnar would be pretty darn cool to see. So I say if the WWE is going use someone on the current roster to challenge Lesnar, it should be the World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.
So who else could rise to face Lesnar? Perhaps Stone Cold Steve Austin will return and feud with Brock. The last image of Lesnar before he left the WWE has him being stunned by the Texas Rattlesnake, so that would make sense and be interesting for sure. But, again, does Austin’s body have enough left in it to withstand the power of Lesnar? Maybe for one or two matches, but that’s about it. Then there’s The Rock. It is possible that he and Lesnar will face off in the near future. We still have that one nagging question, though, and I don’t think The Rock is going to be in it on such a regular basis.
That leaves me with Bill Goldberg, the man who recently stated that he would likely return to WWE if Brock Lesnar did because he wants to fight him again. Well, there is no time like the present. Lesnar has indeed returned to the WWE, and there is no one on the roster that can challenge him if Cena cannot. Not only that, but Lesnar is apparently a heel, unstoppable not only because of his size and aggression, but because he is being backed by one of the most powerful men in the WWE, Mr. John Laurinaitis. As for Cena, I don’t want to see him destroyed by Lesnar at Extreme Rulez and never be seen again. I want to see Goldberg come and join John Cena (can you imagine that tandem?) in the fight against Lesnar and the powers-that-be. Then the WWE could eventually put things in motion for a Goldberg vs. Undertaker match at Wrestlemania 29. I think many a member of the WWE Universe would love to see Goldberg back in the WWE, and this would be the perfect time to bring him back.