The Goldberg vs Undertaker match from this year’s Super ShowDown event will go down in history as one of the worst wrestling matches of all time. Not only did the fans hate the match but it left a long-lasting scar on the storied careers of both these legends.
When all was said and done, the blame for the garbage quality of the match was put on Goldberg. The WWE Hall of Famer was publicly criticized by fellow Superstars and critics for the poor performance he put up in the match and he had no choice but let it all in.
The former World Champion apologized to the fans publicly right after his match-up and has now made up for it by putting up a great performance in his match against Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam.
In an interview with ESPN 97.5’s The Hall of Fame, Goldberg came through about his disastrous match against the Undertaker and called it a “perfect storm of crappiness”:
(h/t cagesideseats for transcript)
I had the perfect storm of crappiness because, for me, people don’t know all the things that go into everything, right. At 52, going against The Undertaker and being Goldberg in the short period of time that I had, I can either do one or two things: I can get in good shape or I can try to get as big as humanly possible so I don’t look like an old Goldberg next to The Undertaker. So, it’s a compromise, it’s always a compromise.
This last time, though I didn’t need the cardio, man, I didn’t concentrate on getting big at all in the four weeks that I had. I just tried to get in shape. I didn’t try to add a pound. I tried to lose weight this time. You know, every situation is different. It’s like trapping for a different team. I liken everything to football because I’m a meathead and was born into a football helmet.
Goldberg then emphasized upon the difference between the style he was asked to work with and his actual preferred style of work. He also gave out a few comments about his match against Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam:
The ring post thing, hey man, that’s a spot that you know a couple of the bookers came up to me afterwards and said, ‘Well we called it. We knew you were gonna do that,’ because 50% of time I’ve done that spot I’ve not had good results.
Here’s the deal man. I don’t profess to be an entertainer on the level of a Ric Flair that can go out and make people laugh, I mean I can but it’s not my way of doing things. My way of making people’s jaw’s drop is blurring the line between reality and fiction, you know? So everything I do has to be, okay, the kick that I took from Dolph? You know the first kick that I took? That felt really good. Because I had to react to it because it planted on me. You know, it was perfect. That’s the way that I work, man. I’m a reactionary guy and if I’m gonna be a defensive lineman that was an All-American, if I’m gonna be a guy that played a couple years in the NFL, if I’m gonna be guy that is known to be a thrasher, I’m not going to run into a turnbuckle and miss it and act like it killed me. I can’t do that so I have to make it look as close to it killing me as possible and sometimes unfortunately, the circumstances are such that I go a little overboard.