The 2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductee explained how he was leaving the "family man" version of Goldberg was left "at home." The wrestling legend then vowed that Undertaker would get the version of "Goldberg that you've been watching for 20 years." Finally, he promised that Undertaker is "next to rest in peace."
Though Goldberg hasn't exactly been one for delivering strong and convincing promos, it's safe to say that he hit a home run on SmackDown. And according to Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live (h/t Ringside News), Goldberg's promo was not scripted. It was simply all him.
Alvarez said that Goldberg "apparently" has "the deal that nobody writes for him so he gets to do his own promos." Alvarez went on to praise Goldberg for his performance, noting that he wasn't much of a talker on the mic during his last run over a decade and a half ago.
In the midst of Goldberg's promo, Undertaker came out at the last minute and stared down his opponent. The lights went out a second time, and Undertaker was nowhere to be seen then promised that the match is "gonna be a ride."
Friday will mark Goldberg's first WWE match since WrestleMania 33, where he lost a Universal Championship bout to Brock Lesnar. After the loss, Goldberg thanked the WWE Universe for bringing him back and hinted at retirement. Instead, he's back for at least one more match against perhaps the greatest wrestler in history.
What This Means
Many WWE legends have been critical of how current superstars are forced to do scripted promos, whereas the veterans had much more freedom back in their day. Thankfully, WWE allowed Goldberg to say what he wants. It was an excellent promo that only built up his match with Undertaker even more. Friday really can't come soon enough for fans as we await a matchup between the two icons.