As much as wrestling legends are revered by their loyal fans, at some point, retirement is the best option.
WWE has had a nasty habit of relying on the past generation’s talents in recent years. That formula has rung true in both their Saudi Arabia outings, with June’s Super ShowDown showing a scary main event that fans likely wish they hadn’t seen.
The show had some decent matches, but the main event overshadowed everything. The Undertaker vs. Goldberg would’ve been a dream match 15 years ago, but the pairing today was baffling. Trying to bring star power to their new market led WWE to make this match well after its expiration date, and the problems were apparent from the onset.
As soon as he emerged from his dressing room, Goldberg was already sporting a dot of blood on his forehead. Likely a result of his trademark ritual of slamming his head into the door to psyche himself up, it meant he could’ve been dazed before the match started.
The first botch came when Goldberg attempted to land his rolling kneebar, but didn’t get all of it. The match continued to fall apart from there, with the botches going from cringey to downright dangerous. First Goldberg launched himself into the corner to land his trademark spear, and when Undertaker moved, Goldberg slammed into the ring post.
Now gushing blood, likely because of his existing injury opening up, he was undoubtedly concussed at that point. Undertaker hoisted him up for a tombstone, proving that both men were lacking in ring skills during this showing. Whether he failed to compensate for Goldberg’s height or he simply lost his grip, Undertaker dropped Goldberg directly on his head – a scary moment that could’ve left the legend paralyzed.
Goldberg (unintentionally) returned the favor by botching the jackhammer, turning it into an odd brainbuster-style move that dropped Undertaker directly onto his neck. The match was probably scheduled to go longer, but it was cut short after things went downhill so quickly. Undertaker landed a chokeslam (sort of) as Goldberg got about as much elevation as Hulk Hogan did during the famously botched chokeslam at Judgement Day.
After the match, the Undertaker’s expression said it all. He was upset by the match, as was Goldberg, who apologized for his performance afterward. Maybe it was a concussion, maybe it was the heat, or maybe it was a combination of both. However, all these reasons are merely extras on top of the main explanation.
Both of these men are well beyond their ring years. Neither had any business trying to work a match, and WWE should feel ashamed for even trying to put this together.
While the Undertaker has retired previously (like three, maybe four times?) he continues to plod out to the ring to collect paydays. Goldberg has been less active, thankfully, though WWE couldn’t resist putting the Universal Title on him a couple of years back.
WWE seems stuck in the past, but their dependence on the old generation could’ve led to a serious injury.