“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” ― George E. Woodberry
WrestleMania 33 is now in the history books with the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, defeating our Atlanta Jewish Superhero Goldberg for the WWE Universal Heavyweight Championship in front of 75,245 fans at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. This was not a squash match – a wrestling term meaning an extremely one-sided, usually short match like the one between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar at the 2016 Survivor Series. This fight was just under 5 minutes of total carnage.
To his credit, Brock Lesnar was well prepared for this encounter and was not going to be embarrassed again. He immediately went on the offensive administering three consecutive German Suplexes to Goldberg.
Thinking he had the upper hand Brock again made the mistake of taking his eye off the prize for a split second and was met with three consecutive spears from Goldberg, the latter which drove both combatants through the ringside barricade almost tearing Goldberg’s ear off.
Goldberg was able to drag Lesnar back to the ring where he reversed an F5 and hit the Beast with another spear and then his finishing move, the Jackhammer. Brock was able to kick out at the last moment. Goldberg tried one more spear and charged towards Lesnar who was able to leap over Goldberg sending our Superhero shoulder first into the ring post. I must say that was an amazing piece of athleticism by Brock, especially for a guy that size, and spelled the beginning of the end for Goldberg.
From there Brock took Goldberg to Suplex City seven more times before finishing him off with an F5. No wrestler could have survived that onslaught – it was brutal.
At the age of 50 Goldberg staged the greatest wrestling comeback in history. Being absent from the sport for almost 13 years he was able to turn what started out as a fantasy in a videogame into reality against Brock Lesnar. His total dedication to diet and training to give his family and new fans a glimpse of what the Goldberg from the late 90’s was unparalleled. Other than a very tainted loss to Kevin Nash at Starrcade 1998 to break his 173 – 0 winning streak with WCW, this was also the first clean loss Goldberg has suffered.
Goldberg had a great Instagram comment regarding the loss to Brock Lesnar – “Let’s see, my first clean loss at 50 years old against a former UFC heavyweight champion. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that I’m not ashamed of anything.”
I clearly marked out (a wrestling term for a fan who enthusiastically believes that professional wrestling is not staged, or loses sight of the staged nature of the business while supporting their favorite wrestlers) when Goldberg returned. I am truly proud of everything he accomplished in the short time he was back. For me personally, it helped me relive the excitement of the late 90’s when he emerged on the wrestling scene taking WCW by storm. My hope is that we have not seen the last of Goldberg. He left us with a morning Instagram message the day after indicating the door may not be fully closed yet as it was time to hit the gym again.
“Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow – after you have done your best to achieve success today.” ― Maxwell Maltz