I know most people don't like Hammer's new gimmick, but I think it could go somewhere. If you remember, when Disco Inferno debuted he got pretty much the same reaction. Give peace a chance, as Hammer would say, and in a few months you'll see peace shirts galore in the audience and an eventual push for Van Hammer. Credit goes to the man who came up with this gimmick as well as Disco's: Raven.
As for Van Hammer, I'll admit I was a bit biased due to him beating on poor Lenny Lane, who deserves a better push. However, the "hippie" gimmick has been done before by Mick Foley, and so far Foley appears to be the one that has done a better job at it. Give Hammer time and maybe he'll be over, but remember this is a guy that used to come into the ring looking like Sammy Hagar.
I liked Goldberg when he first started out. He seemed real eager to learn moves and looked to be unstoppable. I attended an October '97 edition of Nitro in Tampa, FL in which he threw Scotty Riggs from the ring onto the safety rail, where he hit neck-first. It was such an awesome spot.
Cut forward to present day. He hasn't really learned too much from when he started. He sells moves a little better, but that isn't saying much. He doesn't follow up into ANY of his attacks. He still fights jobbers, even though he holds the top belt in WCW. (This is not his fault, though.) Even worse, his matches have become too predictable. Again, that isn't his fault because WCW doesn't appear to be ready to job him just yet.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Goldberg. He is legitimately a nice guy. Furthermore, I have a picture of myself and a friend standing next to him in my apartment. But, in my opinion, however, Goldberg is better suited for a TV Champion than World. He can slaughter his opponent in a matter of minutes, but when your regular competition is Jerry Flynn and Lynn Denton, what's the point? Although, it could be worse, I guess. We could have Hogan and his twice-a-year title defenses. For this, we should be grateful. :)