WWE has been heavily criticized for pitting Goldberg against The Undertaker in the main event of last week's Super ShowDown event in Saudi Arabia, due to the poor quality of the match between the two part-time performers.
This was Goldberg's first match since WrestleMania 33, two years ago. For The Undertaker, it was his first bout since the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in November. Their ages (Goldberg is 52, Undertaker 54), led to the predictable outcome of one forgettable, poorly executed match.
There were a series of botches throughout the contest. Goldberg tried delivering a Tombstone Piledriver, but he accidentally dropped Undertaker on him instead. There was also a botched chokeslam finisher. Worse yet, Goldberg suffered a concussion after running headfirst into a turnbuckle. That forced WWE to rush the ending - a pinfall victory for Undertaker.
However, AEW superstar and WWE legend Chris Jericho had a positive view on their performance at Super ShowDown. He offered praise towards both Goldberg and Undertaker for their efforts on Friday:
Both @undertaker & @Goldberg are once in a lifetime, TOP LEVEL performers and money draws. And even though they might not be at their peak & had an outing that wasnt perfect, they are still better than most. I think @MickJagger & @OzzyOsbourne would agree. #Respect— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 11, 2019
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was also among the few who had nice things to say about the match. Flair called Undertaker "the talent of a lifetime," while mentioning that his opponent "had arguably the greatest run of anyone for years." He also defended the two and explained how hard it is for both of them "to just come in and work two or three times a year."
The match was obviously a disappointment to most WWE fans and wrestling pundits, but it was special enough seeing these two icons square off for the very first time. If it wasn't the main event match, fans probably would have forgotten about it soon enough. But because WWE made the wrong decision to have Goldberg and Undertaker close out this big event, it's going to be hard to forget any time soon.
What This Means
Jericho and Flair were kind enough to offer some nice words for Undertaker and Goldberg. They both deserve credit for training extensively for another match, even if they clearly aren't in prime wrestling shape for it. But at the end of the day, WWE's creative team made a mistake in placing these two in the main event.