It’s going to take a while before fans stop arguing whether the Survivor Series main event result was a good move on the WWE’s part, or whether they backed themselves into a corner.
Even if a handful of fans thought Goldberg would defeat Brock Lesnar, very few would have predicted that he would do it inside two minutes.
It was never going to be a 30-minute technical masterclass between the pair; we were very aware of the fact that ring rust could play a part and it was going to be intense and explosive in a short main event.
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It took two Spears and one Jackhammer to slay The Beast, for a while anyway, and not everyone is a fan of the manner in which this match played out.
However, Chris Jericho doesn’t seem to mind it, and he echoed Goldberg’s statement that the finish brought a sense of shock to the night, something not many predicted would have happened.
Speaking on episode 302 of Talk is Jericho, he stated that Goldberg squashing The Beast Incarnate was “pretty brilliant”, as it helped protect both performers and allows the storyline to continue with a third and final match speculated for WrestleMania 33.
He said: “I loved the Goldberg finish.
“I think it was very smart. Had they gone out there for about a 10-minute match, and kind of been a little bit plodding, or maybe somebody blows up or whatever it may be, I don’t think it would have been as effective.
“It was a shock value, water cooler moment. Everybody’s talking about it; it sets up for a huge main event rematch, and we have something to talk about, so I think it was a great idea.
“Everybody was shocked, everyone was surprised, but after thinking about it for a minute, I think it was actually a pretty brilliant finish. So congratulations to those guys. Congratulations to Goldberg for coming back and making his mark right away.”
Both men are set to be featured in the Royal Rumble match in January, where we could see a repeat of 2004 where Lesnar will cost Goldberg the win, and then go on to face him at WrestleMania.
Although it seemed to be a late decision, you can’t deny that the WWE achieved what they wanted to.
They’ve created a buzz, they surprised the fans, and we’re still talking about it to this day – and that’s the perfect way to build anticipation for their next encounter.
Do you agree with Chris Jericho that Lesnar vs. Goldberg featured a pretty brilliant finish? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.