Why Ryback vs. Goldberg at WrestleMania Makes Perfect Sense for All Involved
Unlike the last few years (and especially last year's build into this year's show), none of the top matches at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans have come together in a clear-cut way as of yet.
Last year, most of the top matches were obvious several months out. The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship was clearly the plan when Rock's title shot at CM Punk was announced, Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H was coming off an unresolved issue at SummerSlam and Punk, having lost his title, was the best opponent for The Undertaker.
For next year's show, something like Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H makes sense, but isn't ridiculously obvious like the WrestleMania 29 matches were. Maybe Bryan would be in a WWE Championship match instead. Maybe John Cena is used as the good-guy face of the WWE in the blow off. And so on. The rest of the card isn't clear at all yet.
That brings us to the potential WrestleMania match that seems like the most fans are talking about at the moment: Ryback vs. Bill Goldberg. The obvious reason is that fans are constantly chanting "Goldberg" at Ryback because he's a similar jacked up, bald wrecking-ball type, but it's not the only one.
Ryback is in the midst of moving back up the cards. The end of his win streak and subsequent losing streak did a number on him. He had a lot of momentum last year, but he systematically lost it by losing all of his competitive matches of note. His heel turn the night after WrestleMania was a good idea to rehab him, but immediately matching him up with John Cena wasn't, as he couldn't win the feud.
That brings us to right now. Managed by Paul Heyman, he's finally finding himself as the heel bully who hates bullies. The CM Punk feud has been entertaining out of the ring so far, but they didn't click at Battleground, and the finish (Punk winning with a low blow) fell flat because it was obvious neither was losing cleanly in the first place.
So if Ryback were to wrestle a returning star like Goldberg at WrestleMania, it could be the step that finally makes him a legitimate main eventer, and even more so if he wins. WWE would have a new star that could easily be slotted as a heel or babyface as needed, and Ryback would finally get what he was in line for a year and a half earlier.
On top of that, if Ryback won, it should, theoretically, end the "Goldberg" chants at him. Even if it did still happen: "You think you're being funny? I BEAT GOLDBERG!" It's one of those things that's not necessarily a huge deal, but WWE and Ryback are better off without the chanting since it could keep fans from taking him seriously.
For Goldberg, he gets a nice payday and a better farewell than his disastrous WrestleMania 20 match with Brock Lesnar. While it will be several months old by then, WWE just released a Goldberg DVD set this week and in addition to all of the other benefits, this feud and match would go a long way in promoting it. That benefits both WWE and Goldberg.
WWE also would get a "special guest star" match on a WrestleMania that may have less of a guest star presence than it's had in years. The last three WrestleManias were built around The Rock, and he's a huge question mark for New Orleans, especially after suffering such severe injuries in this year's main event.
Brock Lesnar, Triple H, and The Undertaker should all be on the show, but Lesnar means less than he used to, Triple H is a regular TV character again and Undertaker is noticeably continuing to slow down. Goldberg would be enough to make the show seem especially star-studded. He's also someone that could be the chief inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before.
So, what does everyone else think? Is it a good idea? How likely do you think it is? Do you have other opponents in mind for them? Let us know in the comments.
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