Re: Bill Goldberg: Star or just hype?
Anybody who actually watched him in WCW is justified in saying he was hype. C'mon, a streak gimmick. What talent and wrestling ability is required into making that work? And the reason why his WWE run was a bust was because the only way you could book Goldberg as a monster was already done at that point, exposing him in the process. He was no longer a monster. Charisma isn't enough to make you a true star, let alone top 5 in WCW, especially with guys like Flair, Sting, Hogan, Savage, Hall, Nash, Jericho, DDP, Steiner and many more, who were miles ahead of Goldberg in regards to charisma, not to mention, most were far superior in the ring and on the mic. Goldberg lacked the complete package and I'm willing to bet there are some who would rate him above Sting & Flair, despite both being a lot closer to the complete package than Goldberg ever was.
@KO_Bossy, thats what makes me have doubts about Goldberg, it was a simple character that could have worked for anybody who had the slightest bit of charisma and an athletic background. It's easy to make a guy look so superior when mostly booking him in squash matches. But eventually, that ran it's course and when it came time to actually work a match, Goldberg was exposed. Completely different from Hogan, Flair, Sting, Rock, Austin, Lesnar, those guys could actually work and didn't have to rely on a streak angle to get and remain top stars. Without that streak, Goldberg blended in, simply because he lacked other things that are somewhat required to remain a top guy.
The push of Goldberg was a gift and a curse, as it maintained interest in WCW after the NWO fad began to sizzle but a curse in the sense that it hid Goldberg's flaws for so long that when the streak was over, it was a what's next moment. The evidence is there, without the streak, Goldberg was just another guy, largely due to his weaknesses that only a streak of squash matches could cover up. He didn't have enough charisma to completely ignore the fact that he was an injury prone performer, who was in the right place at the right time. Brock was booked perfectly as a monster who could destroy anybody but when given a legit challenge, could perform at a high level.
It also doesn't help matters that the final moments of the streak and afterwards, WCW was a revolving door of bookers, who made a bigger mess of the company. But at the same time, thats what happens when you book a guy so strong and are completely oblivious to the fact that he was a horrible worker and eventually, it would come to light and did. IMO, that takes a few points away from Goldberg. Arguably a star but definately not top 5 WCW, possibly not even top 10, as so many others possessed more strengths than Goldberg, who was basically just over as fuck. If overness means anything, 95% of the Attitude Era would go down as GOATS.