This one gave me mixed emotions. On the one hand, I don't want to see the Muscle With Feet crush all opposition in thirty seconds with the same two moves. I'm not a believer in the selling == weakness equation. On the other hand, if this is a guy that they're supposedly grooming to move way up the card, should they have him being taken to the limit at this point by Bubba Ray Dudley?
Here's one way that Brock's "monster" reputation can be salvaged from this.
Next week, have him challenge Bubba again. Brock wins clean this time, after another hard-fought five-minute match or so.
Week after, have Brock challenge Bubba AGAIN. Brock wins clean again, a bit easier this time.
Week after, Brock vs. Bubba round 4. Brock wins a semi-squash, even to the point of no-selling some of Bubba's offense.
Week after, Brock is kicking the crap out of Bubba before Bubba uses a few new moves and manages to get a roll-up out of nowhere.
Week after, Brock destroys Bubba in a Goldbergian squash.
Now, I don't seriously expect WWE to put the same match on six straight shows, but this could go a long way towards building up Brock not just as a monster, but as a new kind of superheel; one that can't be beat the same way twice. Bubba takes a lot of losses here, but he also gets the longterm rub from being the first guy to challenge Lesnar, and also as the first guy to actually pin him.
I was born in a manger, like that other guy. You know, he wore a hat?
Are the "Goldberg" chants during Brock's matches just a Canadian thing? I hadn't noticed them before.
It'd be kind of interesting to see what the Fed did to "humble" Goldberg...have him get destroyed by Lesnar? It does seem to be Vince's regular "thing" to bring in someone just to put them through the meat grinder, and then rebuild them.
Personally, I want them to showcase Lesnar's mat skills more. I think the "Goldberg" chants are mocking him...i.e. "monster with no talent". They need to have him bust out more like Angle did.
Nah, I've heard the "Goldberg" chants a few times before. They aren't about mocking him about the "no talent" feel he has (do you really think the average fan at a show gives two craps about talent? They spend half the night getting drunk and yelling "WHAT" whenever they can). It's just because it seems so much like Brock is Goldberg's doppleganger that even the average fan can smell the rip-off.
As far as Vince destorying things before building them back up. It's just about always done, I think. From what other wrestlers have said, it's a way for Vince to see how much bitching they'll do later on if they have to do a few jobs at a higher level. When RVD was jobbing a while back, it meant that good things were probably coming up since he was new and on the verge of breaking through.
Of course, if it's a WCW guy (DDP) or idea (nWo) Vince will crush it weekly just to feel better about his own company (completely forgetting, because he is an idiot and NOT a genius) that it's ALL his company now and hurting them only hurts him more.
This is why every time Rick Scaia brings up how the WWE should hire Bischoff to come in and play the evil new owner, I just can't believe it. Does he seriously think that if Vince got Bischoff under contract, he would actually let Bischoff appear to be a threat? After the way he deep-sixed both the WCW Invasion and nWo invasion, seeing Bischoff would just be a bad idea. Vince would have Bischoff as the newest member of the Kiss My Ass club by year's end.
Above average PPV. I went 4 for 6 (picked Jazz and Edge.) There was a very interesting flow to the Rumble this year, it seemed that there were rarely any people lasting too long and the most wrestlers in the ring at one time was like 7 or so.