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September 29, 2003 Observer Newsletter: Unforgiven review, HHH taking time off

Unforgiven on 9/21 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA, was one of those nights where the elementary mistakes bit WWE in the ass.

The show was supposed to be the coronation of Bill Goldberg as WWE Raw champion. Well, in wrestling, dating back to such luminaries as Lou Thesz, Strangler Lewis and Stephanie McMahon, there is the saying “We can do it the hard way or the easy way.” Well, in this case, nobody was whispering that before a title change, but they could do it the smart way or the dumb way. Well, the dumb way was going to pacify the ego of the boyfriend, and few thought anything different would happen.

HHH, still bothered by a slightly torn groin, gutted his way by carrying Goldberg for 14:57 before dropping the title clean to him. Unfortunately, it was more guts than brains. The match was too long and dull. The crowd, hot for Goldberg at the start, cooled off watching him sell. 

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