A lot of wrestling fans keep saying how Ryback is just another Goldberg and they even go as far as to shout “Goldberg, Goldberg” when he’s in the ring. While I see the similarities in the way they are pushing him ,especially with all the squash matches, there are some very important differences that make the comparisons between them inaccurate.
- Goldberg never paid his dues - Ryback(Ryan Reeves) actually had an independent wrestling career prior to being hired by WWE. He was part of the rookie team Nexus as Skip Sheffield. He also went to FCW to train a bit more and develop his character prior to his re-debut as Ryback.
- Goldberg never liked pro wrestling before becoming a pro wrestler - He only joined WCW because he knew many of the wrestlers who lived in Atlanta who would go to the bars where he worked as a bouncer after being cut from the Atlanta Falcons. He was rushed through the Power Plant, WCW’s training center, and shoved down the throats of legitimate wrestling fans as if he were a real grappler.
- Goldberg believed his own hype - Rather than thanking his lucky stars that he got such an easy gig, Goldberg has bragged about his wrestling career for years, failing to realize that real wrestling fans think he’s a joke.
- Goldberg has no skills - All Goldberg had was an impressive physique. That’s it. His look was a rip-off of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s character which was painfully obvious. His move set? Forearm shots, clothesline, Irish whip, spear, jackhammer, pin. In that order, always. Except the one time he did a sidekick and permanently injured Bret Hart. In matches against people who could actually go, Goldberg’s weaknesses and lack of talent would shine through. Even Hogan knows more moves than he does. And on the mic? Don’t even get me started.
There are many more differences but you get the point. I’m not a big fan of Ryback but at least I’m not willing to be stupid ,as many fans are, in comparing someone who obviously has talent to someone who was a manufactured product and lacked most of the necessary skills to be a true pro wrestler.
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