According to the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Bill Goldberg’s promo on last night’s episode of SmackDown was not scripted.
The promo was one of the best on WWE main roster television in a while, with Goldberg coming across as genuine and believable.
His speech did more to make fans want to see the clash against The Undertaker at Super Showdown than any of the overly-scripted segments have done for the Kofi-Ziggler and Rollins-Corbin matches on the same show.
According to the Observer, Goldberg’s speech was not penned by a WWE creative team member, as he has a similar deal to Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Daniel Bryan in that he is given freedom to say what he wants.
Contrast that to Lars Sullivan’s heavily-scripted rambling and needless promo on the same show in which every word he spoke diminished his monster aura.
One of the biggest criticisms that fans and ex-WWE performers (and indeed, many current WWE wrestlers) have about the promotion is the terrible dialogue contained within scripted promos.
Jon Moxley talked about it at length during his Talk Is Jericho appearance and countless others have marked WWE’s rigid scripting as one of its biggest problems.
Hopefully the positive response to Goldberg’s promo and the reaction to the promos delivered by the likes of Cody and Dustin Rhodes in AEW will cause WWE to rethink the way it handles this element of its television shows.
Although, we would not hold our breath on that one.