Induction: Goldberg Refuses to Follow the Script – Oh, What a Tangled Web Russo Weaves

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WCW, 2000

Like the rest of you, I was shocked to see Goldberg destroy Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Why such a short main event? Why have a part-timer come in and annihilate the company’s top draw? Nothing about the situation seemed to make any sense according to Booking 101.


But I think I’ve finally figured out why what happened, happened. Goldberg must have broken from the script!

And, if you were watching WCW during Raw’s commercial breaks in 2000, you might recall that Bill Goldberg refused to follow the script once before.

Leading up to July’s August’s New Blood Rising pay-per-view, the whole WCW announce crew was eagerly anticipating the upcoming three-way match between (among?) Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, and Bill Goldberg. See, they didn’t know who was going to win the match, and they wanted head writer Vince Russo to tell them!


And, if you can believe this, Vince Russo wouldn’t tell them! Nor would anyone else in their “shoot interviews”! All Russo could say was that the outcome – the finish, if you will – would be what was best for WCW.

This really had the hotlines and internet sites buzzing!


(This jaded, aloof smart-fan concluded that Scott Steiner would be selected as the winner)

So as the announcers geared up for the semi-main event, they were audibly confused about not knowing who was going to “go over”. Notice how the insider terminology really made it all sound real.

Well, not “all”. It made the rest of the matches sound fake, as if it were unusual for the broadcasters not to know the outcome of the matches beforehand.


A wrench was thrown into Russo’s plans, however, when the announcers informed the audience that Goldberg had suffered a “serious motorcycle accident” the day before.


Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner made their usual entrances, but when Goldberg’s music hit, no one came through the curtain. This was very suspicious, since everyone knew, according to WCW, that Goldberg had real-life problems with Russo.


The match therefore started without Goldberg, throwing off Steiner and Nash’s plans. This meant that they might have to turn the match into a “shoot fight”.

Meanwhile, the commentators speculated that Goldberg, the fan-favorite world-beater, was faking his injury.


A few minutes into the match, however, Goldberg jumped in to take on Nash and Steiner.

Scott Hudson brought up Starrcade ’88 (he meant ’98), when Kevin Nash booked himself to end Goldberg’s undefeated streak. And no, that’s not me editorializing about Nash; that’s what Hudson actually said.

Eventually, Nash and Goldberg wound up in the ring alone for one final showdown that couldn’t possibly have been more dramatic.


Well, except for that one thing.

Then came “the finish”: Kevin Nash powerbombing Goldberg for the victory.


But Goldberg did something totally unexpected by (try to follow me here) not letting himself be powerbombed.

The announcers were in shock as a wrestler appeared to try to avoid losing a match, immediately blasting Goldberg for being so unprofessional.


Goldberg walking out of the match meant that the three-way match was once again a one-on-one bout, and rather than being happy that one of their opponents had just eliminated himself, Steiner and Nash were outraged that the planned finish had been nixed. Now they had to “improvise,” said the announce team.


Maybe it was just a coincidence, but Steiner and Nash acted completely unprepared for Goldberg walking out, as the rest of the match really did look as if they were calling it on the fly (because it was so sloppy).

Steiner’s valet Midajah ended up getting involved by kicking off a string of nut-shot spots.

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Were the announcers upset at Midajah interfering? No! She was just doing her best to keep the match going, and she was a really good sport for having gone up for Nash’s powerbomb in the past.

Midajah even broke up one of Kevin Nash’s pin attempts…


…but not the next one, which put Steiner away.


I guess she knew that the powerbomb was the finish.


The announcers then buried Goldberg for being a “crybaby” and, for the only time in history, lauded Scott Steiner’s professionalism.

Unlike everything else at the New Blood Rising pay-per-view (the Judy Bagwell on a Pole Match, the Rip-off-the-Camo match, the two Kronik matches, the thirty-second Sting/Demon match… boy, this event sucked), this three-way dance was real and unscripted.


The rest was fake – except for Stacy Keibler’s pregnancy-related stomach cramps in the ROTC match. Goldberg didn’t even have the first worked-shoot of the night.


The next night, Vince Russo opened Nitro to call out Goldberg, telling the fans how big a jerk their favorite wrestler is in real life, and how he thought he could beat anyone in WCW in a real fight, including Tank Abbott.


Given that Goldberg had already beaten Tank Abbott the previous month, one could only assume that that fight wasn’t real, nor were those 173 consecutive matches where Goldberg did, in fact, beat everybody in WCW.


To spell it out even more clearly, Russo dared Goldberg to enter the ring with Tank without knowing “the script”.


Eventually, during a commercial break, Goldberg showed up to beat up Tank Abbott and to take turns with Russo shouting the F-word at each other. He then vowed to take out Russo and Scott Steiner.

And Midajah, too, apparently. Later that night, Goldberg grabbed Midajah backstage and put her through a table to close the show.


Remember, this wasn’t Goldberg the character telling kids it’s alright to beat up a woman if she’s a bitch who slept with the wrong person; this was Bill Goldberg the person (who hated being a “heel”) saying and doing these things, since he wasn’t following any of Russo’s scripts anymore.


And while I’m 99% sure that Midajah simply lay down on an already-broken table when the camera cut away, I wouldn’t put it past WCW to have her actually take the bump but fail to capture it on film.

How on earth did Vince Russo expect the fans to actually believe this Goldberg business was a shoot?


Yeah, I don’t know either, dude.


The following week, the worked-shoot insanity continued, with Russo offering Goldberg a release from his contract (with full pay).


Goldberg tore up the release (meaning that he was still under contract) and decided that he’d rather beat up his boss than go to the WWF and get paid two salaries.


But Russo had an ace in the hole that would potentially allow him to fire Goldberg, no matter what TV executive Brad Siegel said. “You lay one finger on me, and you’ll breach that contract.”


Goldberg then grabbed Russo by the throat, laying not one but five fingers on him, but rather than firing him on the spot without paying him a cent like he wanted to, Russo apparently had another idea.


Namely, let Scott Rechsteiner rape Goldberg’s girlfriend.

No wonder this was portrayed as a shoot; if I were Russo, I wouldn’t want credit for writing this stuff.


A cameraman was on hand to capture Goldberg riding his motorcycle and storm into the hotel…


…and fifteen minutes later, a (presumably) different cameraman was on hand to film Goldberg storm up the stairs.


This hotel must have had the world’s largest lobby, since by the time Bill managed to get to the second floor, Chuck Palumbo had had an entire reign as World Champion.

After the commercial, Goldberg finally reached his girlfriend’s hotel room, as captured by yet another cameraman. Talk about objectivity! That’s three WCW cameramen inexplicably on hand at a hotel, none of whom called 911 or hotel security about a large man breaking down a woman’s door threatening to force himself upon her.


Fortunately, Scott Steiner had merely kidnapped her.


At the end of the program, Steiner dragged Beth to the ring in retaliation for Goldberg jackhammering Midajah through a table. As Mark Madden argued that two wrongs made a right, the babyface announcers explained that it wasn’t wrong for Goldberg to have put a woman through a table, since that woman had jumped off the top rope before.

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And Beth was terrified (despite bursting into laughter every time she was shown on camera).


Jeff Jarrett ambushed Goldberg for breaking from the script and costing him the title the week before, but Booker T came to make the save. Kevin Nash and Rick Steiner then joined in the beat-down of Bill Goldberg, bringing the total to six wrestlers who were now breaking from the script.


Finally, Big Poppa Pump put the Steiner Recliner on Beth. What kind of sick man puts his finishing move on a woman just to get revenge on her boyfriend?


The next week, in a segment the announcers still insisted was a 100% shoot…


…Russo repeated his threat to fire Goldberg if he laid a finger on him (ignoring the fact that Bill had already done so seven days earlier on live TV).


Vito proceeded to beat the ever-loving crap out of Vince Russo, but was not fired for it. I suppose it was only Goldberg who had the “no beating up the boss” clause in his contract.


What Goldberg didn’t have in his contract was a “no burying the boss in a shallow grave” clause, as that’s what he tried to do next. Remember, “this is real life, folks.”

Somehow, he was able to drag Vince Russo out of his car and onto the ground without laying a finger on him. Bret Hart, having managed to track Goldberg down to the exact spot in the New Mexico desert where he had dug the grave, offered to help out…


…only to double-cross Bill and hit him with a shovel.


What was a retired Bret Hart even doing in Las Cruces, anyway? Was WCW flying in every last person on the roster for every Nitro? (Yes)

If Russo thought that these shenanigans could pass for realism, he needed brain surgery.


With one week to go until Fall Brawl, Vince Russo took time off to have brain surgery.

By this point, the “Goldberg broke the script” aspect of this angle had been largely forgotten – presumably, sometime between the home invasion and the attempted vivisepulture, Goldberg and Russo had come to terms with their creative differences and turned their “shoot” into a work – but that didn’t stop WCW from putting out a commercial for the pay-per-view that reminded fans of how dumb their programming was.


For, you see, this match would have no script! Unlike, needless to say, the whole rest of the card.


The pre-match hype on the pay-per-view itself didn’t make any mention of any script; instead, we got to see the Goldberg-Steiner feud play out with action figures.


The message was clear: buy these figures so you can re-create classic WCW moments like Goldberg rushing to the hotel to stop Scott Steiner from violating his girlfriend.


Scott Steiner donned a Catwoman mask for his bout with Goldberg in an ill-advised attempt to lobby Tim Burton for an audition.


Goldberg, on the other hand, made his usual entrance, complete with the thunderous sound of pyrotechnic blasts. Unfortunately, recent budget cuts had put the kibosh on the pyro, but the sound effects were piped in over the PA nonetheless.


Goldberg and Steiner then proceeded to battle for bragging rights and the title of toughest man in WCW. That’s what they were feuding over, right? I forgot.


Vince Russo, who was supposedly recovering from brain surgery, ran in to smash Goldberg with a bat. His surgery, it turned out, was a swerve, and brilliant swerve, at that! If Goldberg had considered the possibility of a skinny TV writer interfering, he would have followed a whole different game plan.


But instead, thanks in part to the swerve, Steiner put Goldberg in the Steiner Recliner and won by TKO…


…allowing Vince Russo to stand tall in what, I assume, was a scripted moment.


But we’ll never know sure.

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He also runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws. Follow him on Twitter @Art0Donnell. Email at:
65 Responses to "Induction: Goldberg Refuses to Follow the Script – Oh, What a Tangled Web Russo Weaves"
  1. Cpt SuckePunch says:

    “The announcers then buried Goldberg for being a “crybaby” and, for the only time in history, lauded Scott Steiner’s professionalism.”

    Art is fucking hilarious, to me, he’s the funniest contributer the site has ever had.

    Secondly, good god! Why must late wcw suck so hard?! I had to read this article twice cos the first time made no sense what in the hell was going on. Maybe vince should’ve really gone for that surgery.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Agreed! Art is a great writer and very, very funny! We are very lucky to have him here on the site.

  2. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    This was one of the moments that made me give up on WCW and want to see Russo get fired. Of course, the idiots that replaced him weren’t any better…

  3. Andrew Elder says:

    Yeah I watched during Raw commercial breaks, and hurriedly switch back as soon as I could, and could never figure out was going on and apparently never did WCW. Boy that place at the end was a craphole. I do remember after several months of the junk didn’t they fire Russo and then Eric was on talking about trying to buy WCW and right the ship, then of course it was Vinny Mac coming(Shane of course for storyline tv) finally putting the bullet in WCW. Heard Midjah now is a makeup artist. Of course Scott is a successful owner of some Shoneys franchisees in Georgia.

  4. John Capion says:

    I’ve been following Wrestlecrap for a loooong time, but this might just be the worst angle I’ve ever seen. Worse than David Arquette World Champion.

    • James S says:

      Worse than Katie Vick?

      • Tempest_Fennac says:

        As tasteless as it was (and as stupid as having an angle like that overshadowing the Intercontinental/World heavyweight Title unification), but it was actually coherent. This storyline just serves to demonstrate why the 4th wall is necessary, and it just makes everyone involved look like morons (it was only really HHH who looked bad during the Katy Vick saga from what I can gather).

  5. James S says:

    Gotta love Russoian logic. Swerve for the sake of a swerve 🙂

  6. Andy PG says:

    Gonna get in a lot of trouble for this, but the NBR Triple Threat (which was in AUGUST, not JULY) wasn’t the worst idea. Three guys the insiders know are hotheads and could go into business for themselves is a good selling point, but the execution was all wrong. The lead-up interviews with all three guys were fine — Nash was the guy with connections who could screw the other two, Steiner was the hothead who could forget the script and go legit, Goldberg hated losing — but they used too much “inside” terminology.

    NASH: “There’s two guys in there who want me to lose. They forget: I’m an NWO guy. When we want to win, we make it happen. All of 1997, 1998 — you saw it. I’m not scared of them. Come at me — you’ll see what happens.”

    GOLDBERG: “I didn’t get to where I was by taking the occasional loss. I’m here because I win everything. I know Nash and Scott have a history — I’m not afraid. They try to take me out one way or another? They’re next.”

    STEINER: “Excuse me? You sayin’ you think I’m the underdog? Look at me! I’m the scariest guy in the locker room! They think they can make me count the lights? Never! I’ll kick both their asses at once!”

    Then, at the PPV, you do a shitload of weapons spots, no-selling, kicking out at one, etc. Make it look like it’s breaking down into a real fight. Nash throws a good right hand, Goldberg has MMA training, and Scott’s a freestyle wrestler — they can make people think they’re working snug and forcing their own way.

    What you DON’T do is turn this match into a vehicle about Vince Russo.

  7. Raging_Demons says:

    I think after this induction The WCW broadcast team with Tony Schiavone shrugging should replace AJ doing the “Yeah I don’t know either dude!” spot

  8. #OPC says:

    Lucky for WCW, most people had stopped watching by this point.

  9. #OPC says:

    I guess I should ask then, what was the deal with Chuck Palumbo, WCW Champion?

  10. TGSKnight says:

    The one thing to keep in mind with this is- even though this feud was Wrestlecrap, it also has to be mentioned that it was VERY ahead of its time.

    When two of the most defining storylines of the 2010s have been “CM Punk shoots on the WWE and threatens to take the WWE Title away to punish them for not pushing him or the other indy darlings”, and then “Triple H scripts the company to build around Randy Orton as the star of WWE, then the fans riot because they’d prefer Daniel Bryan to be scripted as the star of WWE instead”, as part of an era built around “more storylines built around worked-shoot blurred lines and building around things from backstage information”…then the angle’s influence here has to also be stated.

    • Nicholas Nutter says:

      The major difference, though, is that the later angles worked. They had a story you could follow. While neither had satisfying conclusions (one due to injury and the other due to executive meddling and common denominator Kevin Nash), at least they weren’t an example of some of the worst wrestling television to ever air.

    • Si says:

      Except Cena-Punk at MITB and Bryan-Trips at Mania weren’t promoted as unscripted shoot fights.

    • dennett316 says:

      There’s a huge difference…the Punk and Bryan situations worked in terms of both shoot and kayfabe. Even in kayfabe, a wrestler could absolutely be unhappy at not being promoted as much as other wrestlers, at not getting as much money as others, for not getting the sponsorship deals etc. Even a lot of the shots and insults at Vince and HHH and the like worked on both levels, they rode that line very well.
      The Daniel Bryan thing also worked on multiple levels in the same way. The WCW shit was terrible because it referenced shit that was purely insider knowledge so didn’t work on a kayfabe level, which leads to confusion for the majority of the audience. It also makes the rest of the show look bad because the shoot aspect is clearly labelled as being “real life” while they also expected the audience to believe the kayfabe world that was set up for the rest of the company’s stories, even though they flat out told you how fake it all was. You don’t have actors in a movie suddenly stop a scene and talk about how they refuse to have their characters killed off…that’d be stupid as fuck. It was stupid as fuck for WCW to present it as they did, Russo had no clue at all about how to make an effective shoot angle work.

  11. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    I think my brain has melted…

  12. Geoff says:

    That was my thought too. It broadens the options of people shrugging on the site. You have MMR, you have AJ Lee and now you have Tony Shiavone. Take your pick. You got a long haired hippie freak with a guitar, you got a cute little pyscho bitch who plays mind games and an announcer who was totally clueless as to what was ever going on.

  13. JimbobJones says:

    I think you accidentally made a mistake and pasted about 4 different angles together.

    That’s the only way any of this makes any sense.

  14. 314 says:

    wait, did Chuck Palumbo actually win the WCW title?

  15. Philip says:

    Who are those people sitting with Schiavone? One of them (the dude with the shaved head) looks a little like Jeremy Borash…

  16. The Infamous says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t do the Warrior gimmick with Steiner in the hotel mirror.

  17. Gerard says:

    Forget what the heck the show was called but there was American gladiators type show starring among others a guy named Mike o’hearn who was either midjahs husband or brother I don’t know which. If Goldberg refuses to follow the script I doubt anyone is going to make him feel like obeying orders he will just say I was happily retired you wanted me to come back here I never asked you to let me wrestle again!!

  18. Isaac says:

    You know the storyline is bad when there’s a Chuck Palumbo World Title reign in there and it barely warrants a mention.

  19. Jason S says:

    Can someone please tweet or email this review to Russo or his lackey, Jeff Lane? I would, but he’s blocked me for simply calling them out for discussing spoilers without warning. I would love if someone could bring this to his attention so he can go on his podcast, call everyone at Wrestlecrap “nimrods who know nothing about the business”, and defend that the ratings and buyrates for this angle were through the roof.

    • dennett316 says:

      When Russo and his delusional fans try to paint him as a misunderstood genius, you need only look back at such poorly written and conceived crap as this and know just how full of shit they are. His only period of success came under the strict control of Vince and the WWF creative team. Everything else he’s produced has been an abject and undeniable failure from a critical standpoint that, at best, did nothing to move the needle either way. But at worst, he succeeded in making everyone who was involved with his asinine writing look bad by association, ratings dropped and the reputation of the show he was working on was damaged beyond repair.

      • 80sWrestlingFan says:

        Wait, wait, wait! Vince Russo has fans? I must now go to YouTube to verify.

      • Greg says:

        Russo in 98 was great. The last month of 98 and on for Russo was complete crap. Russo also was really bad at booking PPVs (main event would get a ton of focus and a lot of the undercard would be a lot of “bonus” matches that literally had no build).

  20. PD says:

    ………………….Wow, WCW 2000 was absolutely insane. I always wondered how WCW folded so quickly after it’s peak but with utter nonsense like this it’s amazing it didn’t die sooner. I don’t care what anyone says, I would take 2003 Wigberg than Worked Shoot 2000 Goldberg any day. I could not imagine being a diehard WCW fan and having to come to terms with this bollocks. x

    • Chris V says:

      These are pretty much my thoughts.
      I stopped watching WCW in 2000, before this point, and am so glad that I did after reading this induction.
      I started watching again around Starrcade 2000.
      The shows didn’t seem that awful, so I was wondering just how bad things could have gotten during the period where I stopped watching, considering that WCW would soon be out of business.

      I have never even heard about this angle. I thought finding out about the Ric Flair vs. David Flair and Vince Russo feud, booked solely to humiliate Ric Flair was bad enough, but this sounds even more horrible.

  21. Kev says:

    What the hell was Russo thinking? I know it makes us feel like Dave Meltzer to throw around those insider terms but it doesn’t mean we want our wrestling shows to outwardly recognize that kayfabe is dead on television. The whole fun of being a wrestling fan in this day and age is that we know it’s scripted, but we suspend our disbelief and pretend it’s real so that we can be emotionally invested in the characters and the moments just like on any other TV show. When even the damn ANNOUNCERS start smarking out on us and talking about scripts and booking, it takes us out of the show and removes our reason to care. If they don’t, why should we, right?

  22. JH says:

    The best part… scratch that, the ONLY good thing that came from this angle was Scott Steiner’s interview before Fall Brawl. In a matter of two minutes, Steiner goes from discussing beating down Goldberg to pleasing his freaks, to Astronomy, then BACK to pleasing his freaks, and then back to beating down Goldberg. All while mispronouncing words, such as turning “fracturing” into “fractioning”, and “equinox” into “equilax”

  23. Jimbolian says:

    While this was all unfolding, there was one man weeping in front of his television set in America and kept muttering to himself, “It’s still real to me damnit…”

  24. SCLSCL says:

    I agree with one of the comments above – I do kind of like Russo and think he gets a hard time in connection with the Attitude era – but too often on his podcast in particular he tries to gloss over so many of his awful ideas both during and after it. If he just put his hands up and admitted he had a number of stinkers like this I would have much more respect for him. It is a bit laughable also when he claims that he didn’t want to be on an screen character when he so blatantly did, booking himself on TV like this. This angle is pure unadulterated wrestlecrap, so bad that it is funny (which I think is always a good test of whether something is true wrestlecrap).

  25. RobVanDamIsABallerina says:

    Too bad this was “unscripted” because it would be perfect to put on toilet paper and flush it like so much CRAP. Oh, and Catwoman Mask Scott Steiner is 213% better than Normal Scott Steiner.

  26. whorefinder says:

    Russo is a soap opera writer badly in need of a storyboard and an editor with absolute control over him. As with all Russo angles, this had the seeds of genius planted in it, but its execution and follow-through was so insane it was Dada-esque.

    Seriously, his greatest problem is that he never hooked up with a partner who could tell him “no” and make him plot out each and every move in a three-month angle. That would have curbed most of his angles going off the rails and not making sense and alienating fans.

    Russo blew up too quickly, however, and thus never got the old-school grounding he needed. In an alternate universe, a young Vince Russo hooks up with Jim Cornette. Cornette schools him on not having ridiculous angles that go no where for no reason, and Russo opens Cornette’s mind to angles and ideas and fresh takes beyond what happened in Memphis before 1975. They join forces and create a true rival company to WWE, and their famous 1-2 punch becomes the stuff of wrestling lore.

    Ah, what could have been…..

    • Guest says:

      The promo with this bit is that it seems to forget where both Russo and Cornette were and would eventually wind up together for a time in the 1990’s.

      • whorefinder says:

        Read carefully. Of course they ended up together—on YouTube, you can hear Cornette complain all about being in TNA with Russo.

        The difference I’m stating is that, instead of Russo shooting the moon quickly in WWE and then running into Cornette after Russo is already a big shot, he instead comes up the ranks in the indie feds and Cornette is his boss, and Cornette schools him while simultaneously Russo opens Cornette’s mind. That’s the ideal that didn’t happen.

    • Felicity says:

      As Cornette tells it, when Russo was just starting out, Russo did ride in Cornette’s car on the road and Cornette tried to teach him about the business, but Russo didn’t listen. So this would have to be an alternate universe where Cornette not only offered but Russo listened.

  27. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    I hate Russo’s booking but I bet he’s a really cool guy to go get a (root) beer and pizza with and just shoot the shit with.

    • Hobu0 says:

      I agree. Some of the podcasts I’ve listened to where he’s just shooting the breeze with a wrestler, he seems like a cool guy.

  28. Guest says:

    This entire angle was a hot mess. I laugh at those who whine about WWE not having competition because they seem to play it off like the competition was always putting on a better show and then you watch (or hear) about stuff like this. And makes you wonder are those people in need of brain surgery… Russo was.

  29. GeneMean says:

    Credit where credit is due: They made it through the whole NB Rising match without mentioning Montreal once. They must have figured that having the event in Canada would be enough for people to put it together themselves.

    On a side note: How thin was WCW’s roster by August of 2000 that they had to have Kronik and Muta both wrestle multiple matches on the same card?

    On a side note to the side note: Ernest “The Cat” Miller went over Muta? Really?

  30. Greg says:

    For people who do not know it is fake, they will be confused.

    For people who do know, they will not believe it.

    For the incredibly tiny amount of people who understand the insider terminology, they will also not believe it.

    All three groups will not care.

    I have no idea who this was supposed to appeal to.

  31. Alexandru says:

    Yeah that’s my biggest issue with Russo. I can’t stand all his work-shoot winking at the camera crap. Actually admitting on air what you’re watching is fake It kills any suspension of disbelief. Hell WWE has done this nonsense in the last few years by using insider terms like “buried” “spot” in promos it’s obnoxious

  32. big bad booty stepdaddy says:

    what in the actual f—? man……I stopped watching WCW after Nash ended Goldberg’s streak. wasn’t really why I stopped, just happened to coincide with it. Si missed pretty much everything WCW did in 99 and 00. I don;t remember watching another Nitro until Vince informed everyone he bought WCW and Shane showed up

    Anyway, this is going to sound crazy BUT I think this might have actually been a good idea if they had done it right but obviously they didn’t. First of all, it shouldn’t have been Goldberg. I know the purpose was to have Russo and Goldberg butt heads like McMahon and Austin but it was flawed from the start.

    Steiner would have been the natural choice. Plus they were just too blatant and over the head with it. It required a more subtle approach to kind of let the fans work it out for themselves instead of being bashed in the face with what was going on. I understand what Russo was going for though.

    That movie Ready To Rumble came out that year and it was basically an inside look at how things work in the back. It was also just as confusing as this angle with how they acted like sometimes it was scripted sometimes it’s not. I think Russo really thought he was taking wrestling to some next level while at the same time trying to retake the lead from the WWE the only way he knew how.

    Didn’t work. And it seemed like it ruined Goldberg even more. How the hell did WCW ruin Goldberg? They tried to fix something that wasn’t broke while neglecting things that actually needed to be fixed . It’s really no wonder why they went under in just a 2 year span after being so dominant.

    • Chris V says:

      It could have worked had they decided to make it out that Goldberg was out of control and a very dangerous man.
      They could say something about how there’s a code in the locker room between the wrestlers that you don’t ever purposely try to hurt another wrestler. That no matter how bad the feud gets, you always try to be a professional and work it out within the confines of the rules. That there’s a limit to the violence.
      Now, Goldberg has gone rogue, and is willing to injure his opponent, if that’s what he needs to do to win.
      Then, you could play up that Russo can’t just break Goldberg’s contract, and go from there.

      I think the fans would have gotten behind Goldberg, thinking he was cool for being so out of control.

      I know this would ignore tons of continuity, where heels try to injure their opponent, and tons of hardcore matches where things get very extreme. It would still be better than this story-line, and it’s not as if continuity doesn’t often get thrown out the window in wrestling anyway.

      That way, they could blur the lines between script and kayfabe, but not blatantly admit that wrestling is just a fake sport, taking the viewers out of the show.

  33. Mitch Colburn says:

    I loved seeing Goldberg whoop Lesnar, then again, I hate Lesnar, I think he sucks.

  34. Anthony says:

    Was Vince Russo trying to kill the wrestling business with this storyline? It sure seems that way!

  35. DracoDracul says:

    Look, most people know that Wrestling has scripted finishes. Most people also know that magicians don’t have real magical powers. Worked shoots like this are like if a magician started his show by showing off all the hidden compartments in his equipment.

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