Discussion on Goldberg and Undertaker
By Justin Hopkins
I am going to try to not be too hard on what occurred during Super Showdown. What was amusing and funny when first announced became real sad, real fast. Watching two hall of famers, two legends of the business. Succumb to surreal heat of the stadium and age. Putting on a match that was rather scary at times and nerve racking in all the wrong ways. Especially when you hear stories of how bad Goldberg was after this match. I almost believe they took the jokes to heart a bit, going in. How their entrance would be longer then the match and how bad it could have been. Mixing with their work ethic of wanting to put on the best for the crowd, and they paid for it in a bad way. It took me a few days to gather my thoughts on what I wanted to say about this and have come up with three ways three can remedy this situation.
One, they can have a rematch. Not any time soon. In fact at the very latest, survivor series. Wrestlemania would make sense, but one of the issues during this match was the extreme heat at ring side, and while Florida is no Saudi Arabia. This should be kept in the confines of an arena. Smaller scale to take off some of the pressure and give it a more intimate feeling a smaller venue would give. They learned a little about what the other can do, and what to avoid doing. While this is not what I would like to see happen, may be the most likely outcome is for them to try again.
Second, they simply don’t have another match. Undertaker’s last few matches have all been sliding in quality each time he gets into the ring, and as much hate as people have been throwing on Goldberg in the comments. Taker nearly killed him with that Tombstone. As bad as the attempted jackhammer looked, I flinched out of my chair on that drop to Goldberg’s head. Legitimately surprised that he kicked out, because I thought he was dead. Then there was Goldberg’s botch of the jackhammer, hitting the post and inability to jump for the choke slam due to being injured and battered and more or less, blown up. While, this was a bad way to leave off two legendary careers who have crafted some of our, my, childhood memories. Maybe it would be simply best, if they walk off into the sunset and call it a career.
Third, and the one I feel they should do, is Tag team match. I know, its a little silly to think, but maybe putting them in a tag team match may be for the best. Now, I think they should be together just because it would be easier to find wither two individuals to go against them then each finding one to partner with. Can just have a heel team or two separate heels (Villains) talking down on their match. Use it to build heat from the crowd and let them go on a win streak. Keep it up for a few months and finally have them face the music in a tag match against The Deadman and Goldberg. They can take rests when they need to, younger guys can carry the match and make them look dominate and the finale could look great. Undertaker setting up for the Tombstone on one, the other tries to interrupt into a spear and Taker and Goldberg can end the match on a high note and give us one last final memory.
These two have given us more then enough to be able to drift away into retirement. Knowing they have given us their very best. It was a shame to see how badly they failed, knowing they had tried hard to rebuke the jokes being made about it, especially at a Saudi show of all places. If they can’t go any more, thank you for the great times and memories, and they don’t have anything to gain by coming back again. Some times, it’s best to walk away, but if they feel inclined to do better. Be safe about it, and give us those memories in a tag match. We will be happy just seeing two dominate figures in the business, whopping ass together.
Thank you for reading.