Undertaker vs. Goldberg the Stinker Match We Expected, But I Ain’t Mad
Anyone who was expecting a five-star match to come out of Goldberg vs. The Undertaker isn’t looking at this match for what it was – an attraction.
The idea here wasn’t to offer up anything more than the spectacle of two performers, well past their prime, in a match that was 15 years too late. With that in mind, I’ll try to be kind with my review.
If I could say anything to Undertaker or Goldberg right now, ‘You did the best you could.’
What I won’t do is excuse WWE for not recognizing what they had to work with here and trying to do too much with it. In short, WWE tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat and got road kill.
What WWE Should Have Done
This match should never have lasted longer than 3-4 minutes. In other words, the entrances should have been longer than the action from bell to bell. No one was expecting more than that and no one would have disappointed if that’s all the company delivered.
Instead, WWE tried to offer up an actual contest between the two when a “show” would have sufficed. For example, the 59 seconds of video footage WWE posted on Twitter of the start of the bout should have offered the type of action fans got to see. Not much more.
Give them grand entrances. Have the men stand in the ring and stare each other down. Let the crowd go wild. Try a couple of signature moves, and if need be, have them fail. It’s all good.
Beyond that? End the match quickly.
What WWE Did Instead
WWE let these two men be exposed and it’s certainly not the wrestler’s fault.
There is only so much two competitors in their 50’s can do, especially when one of them was not much for having matches much longer than a few seconds at a time in his prime. Both had only wrestled about a half-dozen times in the last five years. If we count it up, maybe 20 times total in the last decade. Ring rust was bound to be a given.
Thus, as the match went on, the competitors got weaker, they grew tired, and they couldn’t lift each other. The moves got more and more dangerous to try and pull off and eventually they simply gave up.
In the end, a half-hearted chokeslam won it for The Undertaker when that clearly wasn’t the route the two men were supposed to go to bring the match home.
Did it Ruin Two Legacies?
Let’s be fair here. In a couple of weeks, no one will care about what happened between Goldberg and The Undertaker at Super ShowDown. If anyone is talking about it, they’ll simply say things like, ‘How cool that Goldberg did the job for Taker.’ or ‘That match would have been way better 15 years ago.’
Will this ruin either’s legacy? Nope.
Did they make a bundle of cash for being part of the show? Yep.
Would I have done the same if I was in their spot? Probably.
So, I can’t be too hard on them. All I’m suggesting is, WWE knew what this was, tried to make it more than it was, and it didn’t work. This was something everyone should have expected. I’m still a fan of both competitors.
Beyond that, the rest of the show was uneventful but somewhat entertaining. It was better than I expected as an overall offering but also what I figured, which was that not much would happen to affect regular WWE storylines.