Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WWE Jewish Wrestler Goldberg Makes Comeback

From the Jewish Daily Forward: The wrestler known as Goldberg shocked the wrestling world at his first WWE match in 12 years by defeating his longtime rival Brock Lesnar in a minute and 26 seconds.

The crowd at Toronto’s Air Canada Center chanted Goldberg’s name after the dominant win on Sunday night. Lesnar had not been defeated in over two years.

The Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Goldberg, now 49, will also appear in the WWE Royal Rumble 2017 in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Bill Goldberg, the grandson of Romanian and Russian immigrants, had his bar mitzvah in his native Tulsa, Oklahoma. He originally wanted to go by the name Mossad — the name of Israel’s intelligence service — thinking that his own last name did not sound imposing enough.

After playing in the National Football League from 1990 to 1995, Goldberg — who stands 6-4 and weighs nearly 300 pounds — became one of the WWE’s biggest superstars, winning multiple heavyweight championship belts.

The Bleacher Report said, "The Royal Rumble is a wise way to use Goldberg following Survivor Series.

WWE could've had Goldberg wrestle at Roadblock: End of the Line in December, but it's rare for special attractions such as him and Lesnar to show up for the more minor pay-per-views. By waiting until the Rumble, WWE is saving Goldberg for a far bigger stage while also allowing him more time to train in the ring.

The Rumble match will also help cover up his deficiencies as a grappler. Even in his prime, Goldberg was never a ring technician, and there's little reason to expect anything different considering he turns 50 in a little over a month.

In the Rumble match, Goldberg can entertain fans without having to do too much heavy lifting.

More importantly, the Royal Rumble can provide a solid storytelling device to set up the inevitable third match between Goldberg and Lesnar.

Having now beaten Lesnar twice, Goldberg has little incentive to agree to another bout. However, his mindset would change if Lesnar costs him an opportunity to wrestle for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33.

It would be a somewhat ironic turn of events, since Goldberg played a direct role in costing Lesnar the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2004, setting up their clash at WrestleMania XX.

Although Goldberg's first run with WWE underwhelmed a number of fans, the company has corrected course following his return."