Goldberg and Brock Lesnar's war of words is a major focus of WWE television as the company moves toward WWE Survivor Series 2016 on Nov. 20. Many fans are likely expecting Lesnar to get the win, further cementing his position as the indestructible Beast Incarnate.
But it's the prodigal punisher who should be left standing at the end of the match. Goldberg must beat Lesnar at Survivor Series.
The Beast's imminent defeat has been predicted for quite some time.
Whenever a new challenger has stepped up to face him, fans have sat back and imagined how it would all play out when Lesnar is left flat on his back. From Roman Reigns to Seth Rollins to Dean Ambrose, Lesnar's recent opponents have all had the potential to best him.
But Lesnar remains the conquering monster.
WWE has always teased the loss but never made it a reality. Instead, Lesnar has been booked to the moon, stronger even than John Cena. The Beast Incarnate has overcome every test put before him, and no one except Goldberg can lay claim to bragging rights against him.
However, there's been no indication Lesnar will lose to him again. If anything, this is Lesnar's chance at redemption. By taking Goldberg down, Lesnar would cancel out his loss from 12 years ago at WrestleMania XX.
Beating Goldberg means the triumphant Lesnar could take a break before coming back and beating his next opponent. After he returns in 2017, he could then defeat his next challenger. Then it's on to WrestleMania, where he could come out on top yet again.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
The time has come for WWE to do something different. There is no drama in seeing Lesnar constantly steamroll through the roster. The more invincible he appears, the more stagnant he becomes. As he competes in one extended squash match after another, fans are beginning to lose interest.
Soon, the novelty of Lesnar's Incredible Hulk routine will wear thin, and fans won't care anymore.
That could be the case now, and if it is, there's no better time to change things. Booking Lesnar to lose at Survivor Series would add a new edge to his character, one that fans haven't seen in a long time. He would become a man possessed, furious that he lost on the main event stage.
No one on Raw or SmackDown would be safe.
Stephanie and Shane McMahon would have to step in and take control of the situation. That could lead to a match between Shane and Lesnar or The Beast and an opponent of Shane's choosing. Either way, Lesnar would finally appear human. Fans would care once again.
But then there's Goldberg.
Fans probably assume that, if he does defeat Lesnar, he would then be done with WWE. After all, there would be no reason for him to stick around, as he would have stopped the unstoppable. There would be nothing left for him to do.
But a victorious Goldberg could well be a rejuvenated Goldberg.
He could decide he's got more left in him than he previously thought. If he looks good at Survivor Series and goes over, WWE could persuade him to stay longer. That stay could lead to a match at WrestleMania.
WWE always books the biggest stars at its disposal for the biggest night of the year, and Goldberg fits the bill. Why not use The Grandest Stage of Them All to make the last stand of his pro wrestling career?
The fact is there's more story to be told with a Lesnar loss. WWE has shown it's not afraid to take chances when it comes to booking, and that's evidenced by the influx of NXT talent up to the main roster. The top two championships are held by AJ Styles and Kevin Owens, while John Cena has become a part-time Superstar.
The future is now for WWE, and in that future, there's no major drawback to Goldberg winning at Survivor Series.
Lesnar could bounce back with a new reason to fight, and Goldberg would give WWE a few more big moments before he finally calls it a career and retires for good. He came back to a hero's welcome, and that can extend past Nov. 20.
In Cena's absence, the WCW legend could be one of the top names that WWE builds around. Perhaps a match between the two men could be booked at WrestleMania, and that would be enough to warrant a Goldberg win at Survivor Series.
A Lesnar loss could be a win for everyone involved, and it all begins Nov. 20.
WWE must deliver something different, and Survivor Series offers the chance to do it. Lesnar may be next, but he should not be last.
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