It's a rematch of the biggest, most infamous WrestleMania trainwreck of all time. For one competitor, it all but wastes one of the precious few annual matches he allots WWE per the terms of his multi-million-dollar contract. For the other, it's likely just as lucrative a payday — but given the low demand to see him wrestle again, it's perhaps even less earned.
But you know what? WWE booking Brock Lesnar vs. the returning Bill Goldberg at Survivor Series is kind of brilliant.
Yes, the match will suck. It's almost impossible that any kind of compelling action will result from Lesnar's suplex-spamming invincibility mode meeting the 49-year-old Goldberg's. Add in the former WCW World Champion's dozen years out of the ring, and you have a recipe for yet another slow-motion dud.
Yes, the match continues the cycle of WWE relying on part-time talent to tentpole its biggest shows. As fans remain conditioned to regard the Lesnars and Goldbergs of the world as better than WWE's full-time wrestlers, those wrestlers grow even more resentful of the prestige — and money — they give up to the part-timers.
And yes, Lesnar vs. Goldberg doesn't give WWE a lot to leverage creatively. Paul Heyman will do the bulk of the promotional legwork, wringing tension from a matchup fans were all too happy to forget about the day after WrestleMania XXX. Lesnar will continue to lord over the roster, twisting the knife of his sweetheart contract by publicly contending his UFC doping violation from the summer while suffering no discipline from WWE. And Goldberg will probably go back to playing with his muscle cars or his MMA sparring buddies, a high six if not seven figures richer.
But here's why Lesnar vs. Goldberg is brilliant: Because they're facing each other.
Lesnar, who's probably going to get his win back from WrestleMania XXX, won't be decimating a full-time roster member, as he did Randy Orton at SummerSlam, Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania and the Wyatt Family at the Royal Rumble and Roadblock. And, if that is indeed the result, Goldberg will be spending whatever limited appeal his return carries on a loss — another high-profile loss whose value can transfer to the full-time roster member who finally fells the Beast.
And so, at the next WrestleMania, we can savor it even more when Lesnar does the honors for that man: Shane McMahon.
OK, I take it back. I take it all back.