WWE: A or B Series 4: Goldberg's 173 Wins or Undertaker's Wrestlemania Streak
Imagine a special announcement on RAW is being touted, but no one knows what it is. As the two-hour show draws to a close, the drums of an old yet familiar entrance theme blare through the speaker system in the arena and Bill Goldberg emerges from behind the curtain.
Goldberg, undoubtedly WCW's best project by far in terms of exposure and buildup, returns on this episode of RAW Supershow to announce that he will return for one more match, something many fans have wanted to see for a long time.
He announces that he will be returning to wrestling's grandest stage. He announces his final match will be at WrestleMania XXVIII. But who could his match possibly be against?
He is quick to let us know. He calls out The Undertaker. The Phenom. Arguably the most well-respected and well liked performer to ever step through a set of ring ropes.
As the bell tolls, the arena dims and The Undertaker's ominous figure stands at the entrance way to the arena. He then makes his way down to the ring. He stares at Goldberg, and Goldberg doesn't move or flinch. He stands toe-to-toe with The Undertaker.
Goldberg slowly takes a step back and looks up to the WrestleMania sign high up in the arena, but only for a quick moment and locks eyes once again with The Phenom.
The Undertaker looks to the sign and then back to Goldberg. He rolls his eyes into his head and draws his thumb across his neck, signalling Goldberg's execution.
The lights then cut briefly, and come on once again, and The Undertaker has vanished.
Now there's some fantasy booking for you!
As unlikely as it is to happen, this would be a symbolic match of the two greatest and longest undefeated streaks in history. But which one holds more weight? We'll explore that in this week's A or B Series!
The former football star Bill Goldberg came out of WCW's Power Plant and was to be built right away as a monster force defeating Hugh Morris in short fashion for his first win on the Sept. 22, 1997 edition of Monday Nitro.
He would go on in the following year to acquire the WCW United States Championship after 75 wins and subsequently would defeat Hollywood Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, his 108th straight win.
After winning the top prize, he vacated WCW's United States Title and continued to successfully defend the WCW Championship against all comers.
This would come to a screeching halt on Dec. 27, 1998 at Starrcade, where regardless of backstage politicking or scandal involved, Goldberg would be handed his first defeat at the hands of Kevin Nash.
This put him at 173 straight contests with wins. Each match regardless of being on Nitro, or a pay-per-view, all matches spelled a win for the monstrous Goldberg.
The Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak has in itself become somewhat of a legend amongst wrestling fans. Every year the buzz is always high with who will face The Phenom.
The Undertaker acquired his first WrestleMania victory on March 24,, 1991, by felling veteran Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and grabbed his most recent victory on April 3, 2011, by defeating fellow veteran Triple H.
Seventeen men (Kane, Triple H and Shawn Michaels both trying twice, and one match being a handicap match) over the course of 20 years have all tried and failed to fell the mystique and power that is The Undertaker.
With his body in the shape it is in, we may never see The Undertaker reach number 20 in his currently 19-0 undefeated streak.
Also, as unlikely as it may be, someone may defeat The Undertaker. (Gasp!)
Ultimately, I choose The Undertaker's streak as holding more weight. The power of his undefeated streak is almost supernatural among old and new fans alike.
Even the most jaded among the IWC still get excited to see The Undertaker ignore his ailing body to perform a 5-star match with one of the best in the business.
Goldberg's streak is also impressive, however there were a lot more squash matches and jobbers involved in its build. His streak also ended, though I'm sure if it were up to him he would have never been defeated in his entire wrestling career.
So, do you pick the quantity of the 173 straight wins of Goldberg, or the (currently) 19-0 quality streak of The Undertaker? Let me know in the comments, and how would you book a fantasy match between these two?
Until next time, I'm Merlot Williams, and that's my opinion.
Also, a quick note for my readers, if you would like to see an A or B Series of your choosing, drop by my writer's page and give me a suggestion. I'm open to ideas! Thanks for reading guys!
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