One of the scariest matches in WWE history has to be the Undertaker vs. Goldberg match from the Super Showdown PPV event of 2019. WWE books this event for Saudi Arabia where their main concern is to make some money and nothing else, no great matches, no good feud build-ups, nothing at all.
Undertaker vs. Goldberg has been a talking point from day one since it got booked. Nobody expected to get the best outcome from the match since both wrestlers were past their prime and Goldberg was not able to deliver longer matches lately.
Mike Chihoda Talks Undertaker vs. Goldberg issues
But the announcement of the match excited the fans a lot as soon as the match was announced because it was actually a dream match. Everyone was looking forward to this match, but the end product was awful. Goldberg almost paralyzed Undertaker with a botched Jackhammer.
Referee Mike Chihoda recently looked back at this match and talked about all the issues it had when he was asked about it by Metro. The referee said;
“I almost had to call an audible during the Undertaker/Goldberg match at Saudi Arabia. It went downhill after Goldberg got gashed open in the turnbuckle, got concussed. He was badly concussed and he got through the match, but barely. That’s when I was kinda worried because I thought, ‘oh my God!’ After the suplex, they almost broke their necks. ‘Oh my God, let’s get this done,’ he was so concussed. I was waiting to hear back from somebody to say, ‘should I call this match or not because he’s not doing good at all?’
They just let them go. When you were an old school wrestler, you didn’t care if you were bleeding – you got through the match, whatever it took, you got through it. You wouldn’t see too many guys just saying, “Oh I can’t wrestle no more”, or “I broke my finger”, or “I tore my knee out”. They still get through the match. These days are a little bit different because we take concussion protocol a lot more serious – we are taking it much more seriously now, in wrestling.
That’s it, let it play out. Unless Taker’s gonna tell me something. Then I would’ve done it. That was it. Taker tells me something, I’m doing it. I don’t care if the office in the back didn’t like it or not! Taker is one of the bosses, that’s for sure.”
One thing WWE must make sure that they stop booking these types of matches of Saudi Arabian or any other show. We cannot blame wrestlers for such matches, it is on the promotion of course. Money cannot be more important than people’s safety.