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Re: Bill Goldberg: Star or just hype?
You're right, Goldberg did have charisma. However, as long as you have charisma, the other traits can be developed and improved but that didn't happen with Goldberg.
Don't get me wrong, I was a HUGE Goldberg fan as a kid, I didn't care about wrestling ability. But looking back, he was just a well booked lackluster performer with charisma, look and athletic ability as the only strengths he had in the business.
It's just like in another thread, where people were calling Goldberg top 5 in WCW. Based on what, his charisma, his streak? The impact of his streak is debatable, because without the NWO as the antagonists, it likely wouldn't have worked. So, his actual impact is limited. As far as his other strengths, he did have charisma, the look and athletic ability but was nowhere near complete as an overall performer.
I'm not saying he wasn't a star but he really isn't as big of a deal as WCW pushed him as, mainly because of they way they built him up. IMO, everything in wrestling eventually has a pay off. If you build up a guy as unbeatable, there has to come a time where he is defeated, to keep interest in the product. And when that time came, WCW had no other logical direction they could take Goldberg in, without exposing his weaknesses. The streak was the only thing that set him apart from anybody else, without that, he was just another guy, because WCW put so much stock into that and didn't know what would be done next.
I look at a guy like Luger and the only thing that sets him apart from Goldberg is lack of charisma. He had the look, agility and was a slightly better wrestler, yet gets nowhere near the praise Goldberg gets. Why? Because of the streak, which makes me believe that you can book and build anybody up like Goldberg, with the same traits and get the same result.
He was replaceable, not a rare gem like people claim, as anybody with charisma could have played the same role, if booked how WCW booked him. And the reason why he didn't work in WWE was due to his peak being reached with the streak. He had no other actual strengths that would have earned him a legendary status in WWE. Brock played the role 10 times better and was a thousand times better in the ring. If Sid was as charismatic, he could have reached those heights. Hell, even 911 could have. But unlike Brock, Goldberg had only 1 accolade that would seperate him from everybody else and when it ran it's course, the Goldberg appeal was dead, IMO.