First thing's first... I'm one of the few internet fans that still thinks Triple H is one of the best in the business. I love the fact that through the booking with him, they've finally stablized the World Title and made it mean something.
That being said, quite to the contrary... I really don't care for Goldberg... He's got a wealth of talent, and chooses to squander it because he already thinks he's great. He has no respect for the business as he looked at signing with the WWE as doing the WWE a favor, and not a great opportunity to work for a company that thousands of others would kill for. And finally, he "Believes the Hype". EARTH TO GOLDBERG... We're supposed to believe the hype, you're not!
That being said, the booking and buildup for this feud and this match coming up this Sunday, is some of the best booking the WWE has done in years... In an age where so many fans are "smart" that it's near impossible to achieve the suspension of disbelief, they've certainly done that with this feud. The WWE has gotten me, if not completely, to "Believe the Hype" around Goldberg, and gotten me to believe that he may actually be able to do what they're building him up to do (which is be the top guy in the company). They've taken a real life situation (the fact that Triple H justifiably believes Goldberg doesn't belong there), and used it to make a compelling story... and I guess above all else, the WWE has done something that hasn't been done so well in years...
They've created a huge buzz about Triple H versus Goldberg, not because of the caliber of the two wrestlers, and the caliber of the match it will be (because from a technical wrestling standpoint, Goldberg can't wrestle and Triple H is injured, it won't be great in that aspect). However, they've created all this anticipation because of the story.
Now, if Triple H and Goldberg can tell that story in the ring as well as I think they will... This will be a great match on Sunday.
allow me to clarify a bit... best booking around the title in years... let's take just the last year... We had a random, afterthought of a title win by Shawn Michaels... we had necrophilia, a racism angle, scott steiner and Kevin Nash, each on two consecutive ppvs (I don't even need to elaborate on this one).
The title means something now, when Goldberg wins, it'll actually seem like a big deal instead of "oh, there's another title change."
The only booking in the recent past that to me, even comes close, is the Shawn Michaels/Jericho feud...
I dunno... I guess we'll see how it works out on Sunday.
I agree, they have also elevated the title itself in this fued. The fued is about the title, not about anything else. The title is what Goldberg is after. The fans are behind Bill now, just hoping for a title change. Eager for the change.
January 4th 1999 - The day WCW injected itself with 10 gallons of Liquid Anthrax...AKA...The day Hogan "Defeated" Nash to win the WCW title in front of 40,000.
"The feud is about the title, not about anything else."
EXACTLY! There isn't some cheezy backstory like "Goldberg is against cock fighting, but at one time was a cock, and was in a fight himself..."
It's about the gold... Granted Triple H was off his game last night, but the previous two weeks' promos were great, and the tag team match swerve from last week was classic stacking of the deck, a la circa 1998 Stone Cold.
i have to agree this hhh/goldberg feud has been booked really well, no sleezy storylines, no crap, just 2 guys fighting it out for what they want. Still can't pin point a clear cut winner. I'll be cheering for goldberg all the way cause he's Da Man, but still won't believe he's winning the title till I see the ref count 3. remember how everyone was positive hhh was losing the title at summerslam? well...
The saddest thing is not that you guys are right, but that this is so obvious and shouldn't be the exception rather than the rule. Hype a face challenger who is after the title and have him pursue. Let the heel champion look vulnerable, yet give him enough of the upper hand that he doesn't look like a joke. People pay to see the good guy finally come out on top, and everybody's happy. How this formula has been so blatantly ignored recently is something I still can't figure out.
IMO, this is a great feud because of it's older roots. BigVitoMark hit it dead in the head, in that they took the same storyline they've used since the 1970's, and just inserted the proper faces with a good buildup of the title. Said buildup took a year to accomplish, and maybe we're spoiled with shotgunned titles that switch hands every other month, but maybe, just maybe, holding the belt for a year or longer has made this a bit more important than anything else.
Too bad they didn't save it for Mania.
Kane gets flustered that he didn't get to do something silly this week. Ho hum.
No experience to speak of - closest would be gym classes. The first time, 8th grade.. the teacher laid out the thin mats on the basketball court, showed the class the referee's position, and let us have at it. I got a kid to submit to my bear hug.