It happened. It really happened.
Not only did Goldberg, who returned to in-ring action for the first time in 12 years, beat Brock Lesnar, but he did so in dominating fashion.
Before the smoke from all the pre-match pyrotechnics could clear, Goldberg dispatched of the seemingly unbeatable Lesnar using only four moves.
The result was totally unexpected and just as shocking as Lesnar tossing John Cena like a rag doll at Summerslam 2014 and the Beast Incarnate ending Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania streak.
Story arcs and narratives aside, it was a sight to be seen for any wrestling fan. However, things don’t happen in a vacuum in the WWE Universe so let’s talk about why the result was both the best and worst thing that could happen for wrasslin’ fans and the WWE roster.
Vince Buried The Entire Locker Room In One Fell Swoop
Let me count the ways Goldberg’s decimation of Lesnar made the entire WWE roster look like chumps:
A near 50-year-old guy that hadn’t wrestled in over a decade did what Undertaker aka The-Supernatural-Demon-That-Never-Loses-at-WrestleMania couldn’t do.
A near 50-year-old guy that hadn’t wrestled in over a decade did what Mr. LOLCENAWINS couldn’t do.
A near 50-year-old guy that hadn’t wrestled in over a decade did what your W-W-E-TAG-TEAM-CHAMPIONS (insert hip gyrations here) couldn’t do.
I could go on, but you get the point.
Most assumed the justification for Lesnar ending Taker’s streak was so some up-and-comer could take out the Beast and shoot up to super stardom. Nah. Basically one of the most important story arcs in pro wrestling history ended with Vince McMahon wanting to pimp out the latest WWE video game and its most prominent roster update.
Goldberg Vanquished The WWE’s Boogeyman
Before you get it twisted, let me make it clear that I’m NOT talking about this guy…
I’m referring to the Human Cheat Code that was Brock Lesnar from 4/12/12-11/20/16.
Trying their best to incorporate Lesnar’s MMA dominance with the so-called “Reality Era”, WWE Creative more-or-less backed themselves into a corner by making Brock a Dark Souls boss – frustratingly unbeatable.
When one guy can beat the most dominating tag team in recent years (New Day) all by himself, toy with the Hulk Hogan of his era (John Cena) using one move, and crush the prototype of what all wrestlers should probably look like (Randy Orton) using more-or-less real MMA strikes, it’s going to be a tough sell to position anyone on your roster to beat Lesnar.
That aura of invincibility is now gone following Goldberg’s destruction of Bork Lazer, and that’s a good thing.
But this is 2016 where anything can happen so I fully expect the WWE to make Goldberg the “new” indestructible force that runs roughshod over the entire roster.