Like many WCW fans, I was stunned when Goldberg landed his biggest Jackhammer ever. (I'm not kidding, picking up Hogan's ego must require a mountainous strength...) And, like yourself, I found the little voice in my head (the one that always is suspicious of things in WCW going the way they should) screaming that something was definitely wrong with Nitro's main event. Well, it didn't take long for me to realize, what it was.
1) Goldberg won. He actualy won, clean, and clear with his finnisher. HOW?
I don't know if you saw "The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling" on A&E or not, but in it Hogan has a candid moment when he talks about Andre the Giant "passing the torch". Anyway, I just realized...that happened with Goldberg. Hogan passed the "unstoppable" aura on to Bill on Monday. That causes me to wonder...what does Hollywood have in store for us in the next three years? *hands folded in suplication to the almighty...* PLEASE DON'T LET THEM TURN GOLDBERG INTO ANOTHER HOGAN!!!
2) Goldberg got to keep BOTH the US belt and his newly won World Title. Let's hope his win signals that some good sense has crept into the staff at WCW, and that they will have the brains to take the US belt and put it up for grabs. Maybe, it's a big maybe... but, just maybe they could let Benoit pick up the US belt. He works harder, and gets less out of it, than almost any WCW wrestler. But then again...they never cease to amaze me with how dumb they can be. They will proablably just give it to Sting after all, he can hold two tag belts and Big Tobacco can't...
Well, that's what was wrong with last night's big win. One of the last things you wrote in the report was "I wonder what they gave Hogan to do that job..." Well, I think that the answer came before the question. Shortly before Goldberg landed his hundredth Jackhammer, Hogan signed a three year-extension. I'd say three years is plenty of time for Hogan to turn Goldberg's carreer in to crud, whilst still making the main event Hogan vs (any one of his personal losers) For the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
Don't know if you noticed this, but as Hall was getting out of the limo, he said "... now we go to school...".
I wonder if Bischoff noticed that? He's been so careful to not have any reference to Flair from any of the wrestlers and announcers.
I kinda' disagree that it was unexpected for Goldberg to take the belt last night. It seems Hogan takes lengthy breaks every year, and often loses the belt during those breaks. I'm willing to bet we don't see Hogan after BatB until a little before Halloween. So then when you consider who they'd give the belt to in his absence, few make as much sense as Goldberg right now, especially with Macho out of the picture and Bret Hart backing Hogan. Then you consider all the hype Goldberg has got, especially during last night's reviewing of his milestone wins. If I'm wrong and Hogan doesn't break for a couple months, then surely he'll give Goldberg his first loss and win the belt back. That's the only way I can see convincing Hogan to lose the belt last night.
Also, am I the only one seeing a resemblence between the Goldberg storyline/character and that of the Ultimate Warrior's arrival to the WWF? That sure seems more accurate to me than those saying he's a Stone Cold rip-off. The intense character, lack of interviews, winning US (Intercontinental) title, winning world title, never losing (can't remember if Warrior lost some before winning world title). Seems to me we've seen this before...
When Mean Gene was introducing Buff Bagwell, it sounded like he couldn't decide whether to call him Marc or Buff, so it came out "Barf Bagwell". Take a listen again, it's funny.
BTW, I was in attendance at last night's Nitro. It was fun, my first wrestling event. The best part, besides watching Goldberg twice, was seeing Malenko beat the crap out of Jericho. When the cameras went to commercial, like the TV showed afterwards, a bunch of cops came out and handcuffed Malenko. After that happened, Jericho stood up in the center of the ring raising his hands, and the crowd started yelling "Jericho sucks!" Jericho decided it'd be funny to sing along, but naturally decided to go with "Atlanta sucks!"