Wrestling legends The Undertaker and Goldberg clashed for the first time in their storied careers in the main event of Friday’s WWE Super ShowDown event.
The two men with a combined age of 106 had what can only be described as an uncomfortable match to watch, with both performers nearly breaking their opponent’s necks after botching their signature moves.
— Mark Out Mania | HK AKA Brick Flair (@RealMarkOutHK) June 7, 2019
Undertaker was reportedly so unhappy with Goldberg’s performance during the bout that the pair had a “shouting match” at gorilla position after the show went off the air.
A possible reason why the match failed was revealed by Goldberg himself, as he took to Twitter to say that he’d managed to knock himself out at some stage during the match. Fan footage has since emerged where the former Universal Champion can be seen collapsing as he walked to the back.
Knocked myself out and thought I could finish…. love my fans…..but let u down. Everyone else that found “pleasure” ….. hope ur happy
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) June 7, 2019
It is undeniable that The Undertaker and Goldberg are still legends of the business, but the wrestling world has been somewhat divided on the match.
NXT’s own Matt Riddle took to social media to dubb Goldberg as “unsafe and dangerous”, saying he is the “worst wrestler” in the business. AEW star Chris Jericho instead revealed that the pair are “still better than most” despite the fact that they “might not be at their peak”.
Both @undertaker & @Goldberg are once in a lifetime, TOP LEVEL performers and money draws. And even though they might not be at their peak & had an outing that wasnt perfect, they are still better than most. I think @MickJagger & @OzzyOsbourne would agree. #Respect
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 11, 2019
Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair is the latest to reveal his stance on the match, and said that the reason the clash between the greats did not go to plan is not because of their ages.
Despite Undertaker being 54 and Goldberg being only two years younger at 52, Flair revealed on Busted Open Radio that the fact the two former World Champions barely wrestle anymore is why their match wasn’t the greatest:
“Well, the overall feeling is this: they opened up hot, I loved it, and I loved the match up until the last minute-and-a-half, and here’s the deal: whatever you want to say about anybody in this business, he is gonna be on Mount Rushmore if there is one. You keep saying this… you can say no wrong aboutThe Undertaker. He is a talent of a lifetime.”
“Bill Goldberg had arguably the greatest run of anybody for years and has still never had anybody spend more than a half-hour with him learning the fundamentals of the business and he pulled it off, and I’m sure that he’s brokenhearted, but it’s tough, and it’s not factored around age.”
“When I was doing this stuff, I was still… they had me back in the ring on a regular basis. It is so hard to come in and work two or three times a year. It’s hard. They’re making a big deal about Kevin Durant coming in, try taking six months off from wrestling and getting in the ring, and climbing on a Stairmaster or an elliptical is not the answer to getting in the ring and going full speed.”
Ric Flair then went onto praise former Evolution stablemates Randy Orton and Triple H for what he described as “one hell of a match”:
“My hat’s off to Hunter, I don’t know how he does it. I thought he and Randy Orton had a hell of a match. Old school? Yes, but old school is new school and it was a heavyweight match. Two contenders going at it, and they didn’t miss a beat, and Randy is working full-time, Hunter works twice a year, that’s hard to pull off.”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.