Monday, March 2, 2020

Big Dog v Big Bill At Mania For The Universal Title

Last week, I mentioned that I needed one of two things at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa, FL. I suppose my reward for going on the record is that I got BOTH of them.

On the last episode of SmackDown, new Universal Champion GOLDBERG (I have no issue with this decision BTW) addressed the WWE Universe, and the locker room.  Well, this happened....



Obviously, The Big Dog's music is what I wanted to hear in that situation as this is a match I've been asking for since October 2016.

Now part of my premise was wrong in 2016 because Goldberg v Brock Lesnar ended up ruling both times they got together, but I have still long-maintained that Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate needed to move from the football field to the wrestling ring.

Hopefully, the Yellow Jackets have more luck in the ring than they've had on the field though, and I get to see Roman Reigns leave Tampa as the Universal Champion.

There has been some discussion about how they went about making this match, but I have no issue with it.  While I offered some justifications on how they could support making this particular match I don't think it has to be any more complicated than one of the biggest stars on the brand accepted the champion's open challenge.  That's it.

A nice aspect of it is it takes away an Elimination Chamber match that would appear to have a forgone conclusion, and isn't a repeat of last year's Elimination Chamber where the crowd was clearly backing another horse (BRAUN).

Someone pointed out that this may do nothing to stop the Mania crowd from crapping on Roman or the match in general. To that I say, they can't continue to be scared of that crowd. This match and its build will be good for that card especially with the FOX relationship so I hope we see Roman and Bill on sports or sports-related shows hyping up WrestleMania.

That said, maybe they should get Stone Cold as referee just in case.

The short answer for me here is "This is the match, and I'm glad they're doing it."

Alternate title for this piece was to be Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate In A Wrestling Ring.