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JBL defends Goldberg and the Undertaker following WWE Super ShowDown

Goldberg The Undertaker WWE Super ShowDown

The epic clash between WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg and the Undertaker ended up being a little disappointing, to say the least. Following a point in the bout where the former Universal Champion suffered a possible concussion, the match essentially fell apart, ending with a chokeslam where Goldberg was barely able to get himself off the ground.

The two legends have received quite a bit of criticism from fans since WWE Super ShowDown, but have also been defended by several of their colleagues. One such man was former WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield.

In a Facebook post today, JBL decided to address those that felt Goldberg and the Undertaker failed to deliver. In his eyes, the negative feedback that the two men received was misguided. He then talked about a similar night he had with the Deadman in Europe where they had a poor match.

So we wrestled every night and after every TV taping. One trip in Europe we had been on a run of some very good matches and out of the blue we have one that didn’t work-a tag match. I came back and Taker said, ‘Well, that didn’t work’ and I laughed disappointedly and said ‘No, it didn’t’. Next night we had a good match again. 

Sometimes matches don’t go well. I saw fans blaming age and ego for these guys competing. I know both and both don’t need the money-they do this because they love it. Love being in front of a crowd and love entertaining. Don’t we want those we watch to love what they do?

JBL continued, stating that he understood that complaining is part of being a fan sometimes. However, he compared the match to seeing other sports legends like Michael Jordan or Usain Bolt compete one last time and felt that sometimes it’s best to put down the critical eye and just enjoy what’s taking place.

  • CC

    I agree with JBL that neither of these guys “NEED the money”, but they still did it for “the money”, not for the love of the business.

    The match itself was a mess for two reasons. Firstly the concussion that Goldberg had either before the show or at the start, depending on the stories you read, completely screwed the whole thing up.
    But with a guy like Goldberg who is not exactly known as a great wrestler anyway, and an Undertaker who is well past his prime and not really in any shape to work with a guy like Goldberg, it was always gonna be a recipe for disaster.

    Taker is one of my favourite wrestlers ever, and even I would say his performance in this was dreadful.
    I would say the blame would be a 60/40 split for responsibility as without Goldbergs concussion it might have been a little better. Just not much better.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    “I saw fans blaming age and ego for these guys competing. I know both and both don’t need the money-they do this because they love it. “

    And most importantly that big fat Saudi Arabia pay check, considering the moral and the mood backstage most people didn’t even want to go

  • Soulshroude

    It wasn’t age, or ego. It was clearly a botched match from both ends… the dudes were rusty as all get out. Blame it on being rusty, and not wrestling for a year. Period. No more excuses, and no more standing up for seasoned veterans of wrestling. Let them stand up for themselves, they’re not children.

    They screwed up and admitted to it, they already fought about it verbally backstage. Let it go.