Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Central Maine
Re: Explain how Goldberg is still awesome and Ryback sucks?
Ive never ever been much of a Goldberg fan. Certainly not in WCW, very little in WWE and certainly not looking back at wrestling history in hindsight. I will admit that Bill Goldberg had an aura of intensity about him, and Im not just talking the goofy faces he made when he got up from spearing someone. There was a speed and athletisim about him that you could feel was very much real. So real infact that Goldberg was notorious for not being able to preform his moves correctly, and unnessesarily hurting people during matches.
This culminated in the December 13th edition of WCW Monday Nitro when Bill Goldberg botched several moves, including a thrust kick to the head of Bret Hart, and failed to recieve the figure 4 around the ring post correctly. This lack of skill resulted in the injury of perhaps the greatest professional wrestler in history; Bret Hart. Bret in a later interview with the news paper the Calgary Sun, told them that Goldberg "had a tendency to injure everyone he worked with". The only way that someone gets injured in the ring is when either one of the two preformers fails to do a move correctly or theres an accident. People were injured working with Goldberg beacuse in all reality he was a horrible wrestler.
Move foward a little over a decade and you now have Ryback. Similar to Goldberg, Ryback is a powerhouse, who does some impressive power moves, and has very little mic time, and the mic time he does have (like Goldberg's early days) is very underwhelming. Infact, Kevin Sullivan once stated that he wouldnt let Goldberg on the mic cause he knew that Goldberg sucked at it, and it helped create an aura of mystery around Goldberg (im paraphrasing). Ryback is similarly getting next to no mic time, because its not a strength of his, and unless he works with some of the charasmatic trainers back stage who are good on the mic, then I dont see that changing in the near future either.
Goldberg and Ryback were both chosen to compete in the ring because of thier look. Both are very large, very muscular men, but the most obvious difference in my mind is that Goldberg didnt care a scrap about the industry when he debuted on WCW, as where Ryback has been striving for this for some time (having been part of NXT previously as Skip Sheffield). So at least Ryback cares to some degree, and its that care, that .. small amount of passion that is going to make Ryback become a more respected bigger star than Goldberg some day so long as he keeps working at it and the company keeps faith in him. Remeber, hes still early in his career. If you look Ryback, he debuted on April 6th. So hes been around for a little over 9 months. Not even a year into his character he hasnt done all that bad.
Does he deserve to be in the world title picture? Hell no! .. not even remotely close. When they started the Punk angle, he should have instead worked a storyline with someone for the IC title. Would have been MUCH better, and people wouldnt have resented this feeling that hes being shoved down our throats. Thats the part that smarks dont like about Ryback, is that they feel hes being shoved down thier throats, and to a degree, thier right. Large pushes like Ryback's need to feel natural, it needs to feel like they belong there, like with Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar. It felt natural as those two conquered things in thier rookie years. Ryback doest have that natural feel about where his character is, and thats where this resentment towards Ryback comes from.
Since people resent Ryback being shoved down thier throat, they attack him in the easiest way possible. They just compare him to Goldberg and put him down because hes not currently what Goldberg was when Goldberg left. Remember Goldberg sold like shit too when he first started. I think given some time, Ryback will improve and evolve, and when he does, he'll have just as many people marking out for him as people have for Goldberg. Probably wont be next week, next month and maybe not even next year, but he'll grow on people and have some good quality matches and a huge feud that will put him over with the smarks, and another decade from now, people will be calling Goldberg VS Ryback a dream match. Mark my words.
Last edited by Golbez01; 01-12-2013 at 08:48 PM.