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Rob: Good Brothers Leaving? What Does It Mean?

Are the Good Brothers leaving WWE?

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Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

Are the Good Brothers leaving WWE? If so, Rob has some thoughts on what it all means.

The word has come down the Gallows and Anderson have turned down a ‘multi million dollar offer’ (That’s a NEWZ!!! phrase – multi million means that over the life of the deal they would make $2 million or more, but it’s supposed to give you the impression that they were going to get paid millions of dollars each year, which is just not true.  Keep that in mind when you read these stories about other wrestlers in the future.)  Speculation now is that they are going to move on from WWE after that.  They are prime ‘misused! buried!’ riff bait because for the past year they were relegated to mostly house shows and occasional TV.  If you ask me a fair assessment of their time in WWE reads as such:

  • Good first year – did six mans with AJ Styles against Roman and The Usos and then John Cena and partners, were in limbo for a few months after the brand split, then won the RAW tag team titles at the 2017 Royal Rumble and held them through WrestleMania 33.
  • Second and third years they fell victim to the numbers game – the Hardys coming back at Mania 33 squeezed them down the tag team roster, then Ambrose and Rollins tagging against the Bar over the titles took that over scene over.  After Mania 34 they moved over to Smackdown, but so did the Bar and they got stuck behind the Bludgeon Brothers experiment with the titles and the Bar/Usos/New Day trio.  There was no reason to put them ahead of any of those teams, unfortunately for them.

The reality of being on a large roster is that if you’re not someone who is a priority just by being there and don’t go hard to make yourself a priority you’re going to get caught in the numbers game.  They would have been better served on RAW this past year, especially given how that tag team division went in 2018, but beyond that who knows.  The numbers game is what it is, and it’s understandable if they don’t want to get lost in the shuffle for three more years.  As far as where they go AEW is the name on everyone’s lips of course, and it could happen, but I wouldn’t call it a lock.  Why?  Because they’re not going to sign everyone who  leaves WWE and they’re not going to sign that many people, period.  If they do go there it will be the ‘Dates for AEW plus you can work for these other places’ deal that most everyone there is getting.  The only other serious option would be back to New Japan but Anderson is on record as not wanting to be too far from his kids now and there may not be a guaranteed opening to rejoin the Bullet Club like we all assume.  Right now nobody really knows New Japan’s MO now that the Elite guys are gone – the Western expansion was largely hanging on those guys, after all.  Which brings me to the next point.

The market isn’t going to be as wide open as people think.  Yes for people like Tye Dellinger who were never going to be more than enhancement talent in WWE it’s worth it to take a shot in another company or on the indies.  But the notion that there are all there opportunities out there for anyone who was making good money and was a midcarder or more in WWE to make similar money along with the other branding opportunities is very much exaggerated.  Given that Cody has already said the AEW roster is going to be 30 to 40 people and most of those spots are filled, and that we don’t really know what anyone else is doing as far as signings go, there’s a lot of fools gold out there.  Now of course staying in WWE is a gamble if you want to work more, be on TV more, etc.  There are only a few regular spots and those get eaten up quickly by people who have established fanbases.  So yes some people are going to leave, maybe even some ‘name’ people, but that doesn’t mean they’re all going to flourish like Cody who had a plan the moment he got out.  WWE has always had a revolving door, even in the Hulkamania era.  Plenty of guys came through for short stints and disappeared so it’s not the big thing people are making it out to be now.

What’s different now is the existence of NXT, and the pipeline of people who can be added in to take anyone’s place who leaves. The Street Profits and Forgotten Sons are right there waiting for a call up in September should Gallows & Anderson leave.  Or it could just mean more time for the teams who are there, like Sanity.  Outside the top tier that’s life in WWE now.  So I don’t begrudge anyone who gets their fill and moves on if opportunities are available but at the same time it’s important to keep things in perspective.  Everyone that leaves isn’t a sign of misuse just like everyone who stays isn’t a sign of good roster management, either.  In a world where the number of viable good wrestlers may be at an all time high, just being good in the ring doesn’t secure you anything.  Some guys and gals just aren’t going to hit like we think they should.  And that goes for other companies, too – funny how we never talk about Ring of Honor and how many people they did nothing with like Keith Lee, Lio Rush, and Cedric Alexander or how they never saw fit to make Cesaro their World Champion but some of you all think Vince should in WWE.  Stuff happens.  In the end what matters the most is that everyone makes as much as they can while they have the chance doing something they like to do, not whether they reach the heights on the roster that we fantasy book for them.


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Chris King: One More Spear and Jackhammer for Goldberg?

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After his WWE Super ShowDown with The Undertaker wasn’t well received, is there room for Goldberg to have more “proper sendoff” to end his career?

By now you’ve heard the troubling news that during Goldberg and The Undertaker’s first-ever-match something went terribly awry; Goldberg smashed his head square into the ring-post, instantly he began bleeding profusely and was knocked out. What followed was extremely hard to watch; several signature maneuvers were horribly botched, and I was 100% concerned for both superstars’s health and well-being. This is not what we hoped would occur, and this should not be the last image of Goldberg that we witness in WWE.

Undertaker Bill Goldberg

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There was speculation that Undertaker was furious at Goldberg for his performance that appeared absurd to me; how could Undertaker a locker room leader held in such high respect get into a screaming match backstage? On top of that there was also rumblings about Vince McMahon the CEO of WWE, was fuming, and had to break things up between the legends. He apparently told both superstars they were finished wrestling careers were over.

Thankfully the rumors were quickly refuted by not only WWE officials who were in Saudi Arabia, and TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy, and Mike Johnson on PWINSIDER.

Mike Johnson confirmed that after chatting with WWE officials he can confirm that after the bout Goldberg was too weak to muster up the energy to engage in a heated altercation.

Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true. In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.”

Goldberg the WCW veteran was last seen in the squared circle on the Post-Mania-Raw, twenty-four hours after dropping the Universal championship to Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universe gave him a standing ovation for his love for the business throughout his illustrious twenty-year pro wrestling career.

Goldberg has battled some of the biggest wrestlers in WWE; The Rock was his first feud after his arrival in 2003 at the Backlash pay per view, followed by his almost year-long rivalry with HHH and “Evolution” where he won the World Heavyweight championship. He finished his initial run in the company in 2004 in a “Battle of Behemoths” with Lesnar. In 2019, there are many new powerhouses since he left the company in 2004. Below I will be listing the 5 Potential Opponents for his final match in WWE.

5 Best-Suited Opponents For The Final Goldberg Match

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5. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar toppled Goldberg for-the-first-time in his WWE career at WrestleMania 33; after a humiliating loss at 2016 Survivor Series, in a “Shocking” one minute and twenty-seven seconds. This was Goldberg’s first official match in WWE in twelve years; the two powerhouses have had a total of three encounters, they have manifested a buzz that surpassed all the other matches on the pay per view card. Despite the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar faced in each other only two years ago, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that Goldberg won’t come back for retribution. While this contest in the past has not been well-received by the WWE Universe, there’s still a sliver of a chance these Titans’ will go to war one final time.

With Lesnar as “The Beast in the Bank” his adversary could once again cost him the Universal or WWE Championship cash-in; reminiscent to 2004 No Way Out pay per view where Eddie Guerrero was challenging Lesnar for his WWE championship, and Goldberg (who had been given a front row ticket by Raw commissioner Stone Cold Steve Austin). He would then deliver a “Devastating” spear to cost Lesnar his championship, which led to their first clash at WrestleMania XX. Goldberg could cost Lesnar his opportunity and the two competitors could then revisit this hard-hitting personal rivalry.

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4. Bobby Lashley

It’s still surreal to me that these two powerhouses have never crossed paths in both of their WWE tenures. Bobby Lashley returned to WWE after making an “Impact” (Pun intended) on the Raw after Mania 34. Despite being the fan-favorite to dethrone Lesnar at 2018 SummerSlam, Lashley was upset by Roman Reigns who eventually captured the Universal Championship. Goldberg vs. Lashley will still be a “Big Money” match that will put butts in seats and sell out arenas. This the kind of “once in a lifetime” physical confrontation contrary to Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 28 that people from all over the world would tune in to watch. The WWE Network could see a “massive” increase in subscriptions, and the weeks leading up to their collision we would most certainly be a pull-apart brawl and someone could likely to be taken to jail.

Lars Sullivan Mental Wellness

3. Goldberg vs. Lars Sullivan

“The Freak” Lars Sullivan has been leaving a pile of bodies on his path of destruction since his arrival on Monday nights. Currently, he’s annihilating the Lucha House Party, but after he’s finished bullying smaller wrestlers “,” Sullivan is going to be hungry for “Real” competition. Enter Goldberg. This wouldn’t do much for the WCW titan but it sure would be a “Huge” rub for the recent draftee. Sullivan was penciled into battle John Cena at WrestleMania 35 “,” but due to health reasons, it never happened. This victory over a legend of this caliber could catapult “The Freak” to the top of the food-chain in WWE.

Braun Strowman vs. Bill Goldberg?

2. Braun Strowman

To say “The Monster Among Men” has been mistreated would only be the tip of the iceberg. Strowman was the “Hottest” wrestler in 2017 with his horror-themed assaults on Roman Reigns. Unfortunately for Strowman, his name wasn’t “Roman Reigns” and despite his best efforts he never captured the Universal Championship.

Strowman was on a path of destruction until he went toe-to-toe with Universal champion Lesnar at 2017 No Mercy; in what should have been his coronation as the next champion, Strowman was crushed within a matter of minutes. Last year at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia he was heavily-favored to walk out with the vacated Universal championship; and instead WWE thought it was wise to start a lengthy program with Baron Corbin (who clocked Strowman in the back of the head with the title), and Lesnar dropped “The Monster Among Men” with 5 F5’s to start a second title-reign with the Universal championship. To say Strowman deserves a “Monumental” win would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!

Goldberg Roman Reigns

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1. Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns

The announcement of this match is enough buzz to sell-out WrestleMania 36. “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns has done it all in his short eight-year career, some accomplishments other wrestlers only dream to achieve. He defeated the seemingly-unbeatable Undertaker in his second loss in decades. Reigns is a Grand-slam champion, a three-time WWE Champion and former Universal Champion. Ever since the two crossed paths on the road to WrestleMania 33; and delivered a double-spear to Strowman on January 12, 2017, I believe this dream match has been quietly penciled in. Now that there may be “One More Match” for Goldberg before he calls it quits, this is the only true contest!


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Rob: Let’s Talk About Shane McMahon

He’s the Best In The World!

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Shane McMahon is a hot topic among WWE fans, and Rob is here to chime in on the rumors that Shane could become WWE Champion in 2019.

Yeah, it’s time to talk about the Best in the World Shane McMahon.  Shane has become a real thorn in the side of many on wrestling twitter and not in the way that Vince intended.  A lot of you guys don’t like the amount of TV time he gets (even I’ll admit that this week was a bit much), don’t like that he got a win over Roman Reigns at Super Showdown (I don’t either but so long as things play out the right way in the end I’m willing to see it as a needed piece of a bigger story), and really got nuts when the NEWZ sites starting ‘reporting’ rumors that he may become WWE World Champion down the line.   Some of you guys are even threatening that you’re done if it happens, and I believe you this time.  And this all makes me wonder if certain aspects of wrestling storytelling are just not viable in 2019 anymore.  Because this is the kind of thing that would have been a layup for mega heat back in the day but now seems to only result in scorn towards the bookers, or in this case Vince, from a lot of you guys for even considering it.

Now I can’t tell you guys what to like or not like, but there are a lot of times when I see the takes being thrown around on Twitter and wonder if I’m watching the same TV show that you guys are.  I also wonder, often out loud and in this space, just what it is some of you guys want.  Because I see people complain about emotional investment but from my earliest days as a fan one of the quickest ways to get emotional investment was to do something that would make people angry.  But it seems like in 2019 way too many people on Wrestling Twitter don’t ever want to get angry, and take that as a crime committed by Vince McMahon and not a storytelling piece.  And I don’t know how you rectify that.

Who knew this would lead us to “The Best In The World,” Shane McMahon???

By my estimation, someone like Shane McMahon getting the title is perfect for the ‘You Deserve It’ era, because he obviously doesn’t deserve it.  And to win it dirty off of someone like Kofi Kingston who toiled for 11 years  to just get a chance to win it should be a heat magnet.  But instead all I see is that it’s bad booking, that it’s a sign that Vince hates the fans and needs to go, etc.  So again I have to ask just what is it that some of you guys are looking for?  Heels are part of wrestling, and heels have to prevail sometimes.  A lot of you guys won’t boo Kevin Owens no matter low he stoops in turning on or assaulting people.  And one of the few guys who gets booed from the crowd because the people there don’t like him, Baron Corbin, gets ripped every day by ‘smart’ fans for being a bad choice to even put on television.

Maybe I’m out of date here but for me part of having heels is that at least every now and then something has to happen that you don’t want.  The people you root for have to lose, the people who should be champion have to be denied, somebody has to do something that you find to be beyond the pale, etc.  And it can’t just happen when you expect it or are ready for it, it has to happen at a time when you aren’t ready for it to get the maximum effect so that you’ll get angry enough at the perpetrators to want to see them get their comeuppance.  But it seems that getting mad at the characters is a bridge too far on Wrestling Twitter, that the point of a heel is to get shout outs on Twitter for ‘good heel work’, and that anything or anyone that you find truly loathsome is now grounds to change the channel.  Thus the constant ‘Corbin has go away heat’ takes on Twitter.  Where I’m from Go Away Heat meant ‘can somebody please come out and get this guy outta here? and not ‘why is he on my TV, what else is on?’


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I mentioned before that we’re in the ‘You Deserve It’ era, and what I mean by that is that a lot of  ‘smart’ fans are judging what they watch based who’s in it and whether or not they ‘deserve’ to be there.  And deserving it is almost entirely based on their personal career journey or perceived skill level.  Workrate guys and gals deserve it, as do those who went down some long, grueling road to get there.  Even if they’re playing a heel some of us cheer them based on how good they are in the ring or what they had to go through to get there, while on the flip side anyone who doesn’t meet our technical standards or didn’t suffer enough should be relegated to supporting roles or just removed from our television altogether.  The fastest way to get someone booed now it seems is for ‘smart’ fans to find out that they didn’t have to struggle hard enough (by their measures) to get a big spot.  Hell, we just had a WrestleMania main event where the winner’s whole elevation came despite acting like a heel because the personal career story of the woman behind the character was deemed more important than the actions of her character on screen.

So now back to Shane.  If you can’t get some people to boo heels over sneak attacks, cheating to win (don’t get me started on the whole ‘heels are fine but they shouldn’t cheat too much’ takes I’ve seen…..smh), etc. and the thing some fans get most consistently upset about is whether or not the ‘most deserving’ people are in the right places, then putting someone in the highest position who absolutely does not deserve it seems like an inevitable choice.  I’m not telling you that you’re not a real fan if you don’t like it, but I am telling you that there is some very sound logic behind it if they go that route.  And all the arguments against it – that Shane is not a full time wrestler, that he’s the boss’s son, etc – seem to me like just more reason to go ahead and do it.

Anyhow……until next week, everyone.


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