Missing Goldberg, Missing Heyman
I know it has been a few weeks since my last blog. The absence of our Jewish Wrestling Superhero, Goldberg, coupled with the silence of Paul Heyman (another Mishpachah), has, for me, left a void in the WWE. I greatly miss the anticipation of Goldberg since he returned to the WWE in the Fall of 2016. Unfortunately his run ended after his loss to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 33 in early April. Goldberg’s intensity gave the sport a prize like feel and a much needed shot of adrenaline. This is not meant to undermine the current array of talent in the WWE, but for an old school fan like myself having Goldberg back raised the bar.
Goldberg took some well-deserved time off after WrestleMania after subjecting himself to several months of intense training to be the man he was back in the late 90’s. He has started training again with his Muy Thai regimen and is making guest appearances at events around the country. Recently, he was at the Sugar Factory event in Las Vegas and is scheduled to be in England to appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England from June 29th – July 2nd. This event is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of automobile fans as Goldberg will participate in several meet and greets. At 50 years of age, it sounds like much less wear and tear to the body for Goldberg. With the enormous success of his last run in the WWE, along with increased ratings and merchandise sales, it is highly likely that the WWE will want to bring him back in the near future for another run. As long as the WWE comes up with something creative and enticing for Goldberg, I believe he will be back. When Goldberg was asked about this during a recent interview Goldberg said “Personally and professionally, it’s something that I would have to take into consideration if it was ever presented to me again.” Goldberg also said “As far as the physical aspect is concerned, as I sit and look at myself in the gym I ask myself what I am going to do with this? I don’t think it’s an impossibility, but it could be an improbability to ever get back in the ring, but never say never. Like I said the last time; you never know who is next and you never know what is next.”
Thankfully, Paul Heyman has finally returned to RAW after a short absence. In anticipation of Brock Lesnar’s first title defense at the RAW PPV in July, Heyman is back running his mouth to promote his beast and get under the skin of all potential challengers to the WWE Universal Heavyweight Championship. He has a true art for delivering some of the best promos in the Wrestling business.
I do have to admit I am also a big fan of Brock Lesnar and “Mark Out” (an insider wrestling term for getting exceptionally excited during wrestling for a certain wrestler or move at his presence in the ring) when he is present for an event. He is scheduled back on RAW on June 12th. His adversary at the July RAW PPV will be Samoa Joe who just won a Fatal Five Way match at the Extreme Rules PPV in early June to earn a title shot and recently choked out Paul Heyman during an in-ring confrontation on Monday Night RAW. These two individuals should match up well as they are both very physical and like to brawl.
With Summer just around the corner the action in the ring is about to heat up again. In the weeks ahead, there will be a lot of hot air blowing from the mouth of Paul Heyman to promote Brock’s next events. Like him or not, Brock is a force to be reckoned with in the months ahead.