I'm sure you've gotten this a bunch already, but just in case you haven't, today's the 15 Year Anniversary of the Fingerpoke of Doom. I re-watched it and think that the worst part wasn't the finger poke itself, but Goldberg running in and then eventually getting the nWo beatdown, thanks to the nonsensical Lex Luger heel turn, was actually what really destroyed any remaining goodwill with the fans.
I think if Goldberg had ran in, beat the crap out of everyone and then went on to beat Hogan for the title at SuperBrawl, the angle wouldn't be so negatively remembered. Instead, Goldberg did nothing of note and Hogan feuded with Flair for the 700th time and the rest is history.
Yeah, it was really piling on a lot of stuff that it didn’t need. Luger’s a heel again for no reason, Nash is a heel again and then babyface a few months later and then heel again, the nWo factions are reunited but not really…on and on. Not to mention how much it cheapened the first loss for Goldberg like that.