Goldberg had a much better match against Dolph Ziggler than he did against The Undertaker just a couple of months prior. This is something the former Universal Champion isn’t ashamed to admit either.
While speaking to Booker T’s Hall Of Fame podcast, Goldberg opened up about his match against The Undertaker in Saudi Arabia. A lot of things went wrong for Goldberg that night which he described as a “perfect storm of crappiness.”
“I’m not going to make excuses, that’s for sure. I’m just going to answer questions and give facts. Facts are the reason why I had that match [with The Undertaker] and took that opportunity, was because it was an opportunity of a lifetime whether I was 22, 52 or 102, you know? Not that it was in Saudi Arabia but because it was against The Undertaker. He was the one guy that I never crossed paths with, and the heat – I knew going in it was going to be hot. In Georgia playing for The Falcons, or The Georgia Bulldogs, or the L.A Rams down in Los Angeles, it’s hotter than hell and you know it’s going to be hot. It’s one of those things you accept.”
“I had the perfect storm of crappiness because, for me, people don’t know all the things that go into everything. At 52, going against The Undertaker and being Bill Goldberg in the short period of time that I had, I can either do one or two things – I can get in really good shape or I can try to get as big as humanly possible so I don’t look like an old Bill Goldberg against 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 for the 4 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. 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.”
Although Goldberg might be good at bouncing back from taking a shot, it was very hard to do in his match against The Undertaker. This is something he wasn’t ashamed to admit either.
“I can’t bounce back from it like I used to, and then the perfect storm of the heat, and the perfect storm of The Undertaker not having the timing and not going at the same time at one point or something. Hey, at the end of the day, there’s never been a freaking dude in the middle of the ring that I couldn’t pick up, period. It was an unfortunate deal that I shouldn’t have gone as hard as I went. And then there were a couple of people saying that he referee should have called it. Well guess what? The referee asked me 15 times how I felt and you know what I told him? Fifteen different answers. I felt different every single time that he asked me.”
Perhaps Goldberg will be back for another match down the line. As long as he wants to and remains in good enough shape he could certainly put the black trunks and boots back on for a match. We’ll just have to see what is next for Goldberg, but anyone could be next.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote