The Undertaker is 54-years-old. Bill Goldberg is 52. So naturally, the two young wrestlers main-evented “WWE Super Showdown” in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
You can probably see where this is going. The Jeddah event’s final match was an absolute disaster filled with botched moves — some of which could have caused serious injury to the two legends.
But don’t take our word for how bad the highly touted first-time-ever bout was — the WWE Universe on Twitter is already calling Goldberg-Undertaker “the worst match of the year,” among other very un-superlative superlatives.
Find a small sample of the loud online booing below.
— MANI (@MANIy2m) June 7, 2019
— Golden Maharaja ™ (@KingNj90) June 7, 2019
That ending pic.twitter.com/lLMvfwPt9T
— David Costello (@CostelloDavid2) June 7, 2019
— (Daein)(IAS) RADRAD (@TheRADRAD) June 7, 2019
— Fredbeats.Com (@Fredbeats7) June 7, 2019
— Taka Michino Clue (@Takamichinoclue) June 7, 2019
A botched Jackhammer followed by a botched kick out. Let. The. Greats. Retire. #WWESSD
— Rhys. (@Rhys_Krispies) June 7, 2019
This is embarrassing to watch…holy shit #WWESSD
— Jerry (@JDfromNY206) June 7, 2019
How many of these matches can Undertaker come back for? Imagine that was his last match? When is it going to be enough? The End Of An Era match with Triple H Hell In A Cell at Wrestlemania should have been it. Streak intact. This is fucking sad. Simply awful #WWESSD
— Jerry (@JDfromNY206) June 7, 2019
— Mordis Gooner ???? (@maldivesgooner) June 7, 2019
We leave you with this, goodnight everybody. #WWESSD
Undertaker vs. Goldberg pic.twitter.com/NdQxDCvTNe
— Thomas Fenton (@ThomasFentonWNW) June 7, 2019
That was painful. It's sad to watch. Taker should have stayed retired. #WWESSD
— Welcome to Wrestling (@WelToWrestling) June 7, 2019
Goldberg vs Taker was honestly just depressing to watch. I don't want to see two of my childhood heroes almost kill themselves in a ring. Never again. Please. #WWESSD
— Adam Pacitti ????️???? (@adampacitti) June 7, 2019
Taker vs Goldberg was full of botches
I feel bad but they are both 140 years old so…
Anyway can’t wait for taker vs ric flair next year in Saudi Arabia #WWESSD
— PulseWithoutContext (@PulseNoContext) June 7, 2019
Why so Goldberg's leg up when Taker ain't holding it??? pic.twitter.com/IXlouxS4Wb
— Usman Rashed (@usmattitude) June 7, 2019
And below are some of the more dangerous botches during the match.
First, readers can see Goldberg not being properly protected by Undertaker on his Tombstone Piledriver.
— Mark Out Mania | HK AKA Brick Flair (@RealMarkOutHK) June 7, 2019
Goldberg returned the non-favor by dropping Undertaker early with a botched Jackhammer.
Goldberg almost killed the Undertaker……
No, I’m serious. This is scary ???? pic.twitter.com/KD2yVQfiyO
— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker2) June 7, 2019
Goldberg’s head appeared to be bleeding a bit before he even walked through the curtain and down the entrance ramp. Viewers of the WWE Network pay-per-view event could hear a loud thud from inside Goldberg’s dressing room when security went to retrieve the WCW icon.
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) June 7, 2019
After flying head-first into the ring post early on in the match, Goldberg’s head began to gush more profusely. The unprotected piledriver certainly did not help.
At 3am Saturday Saudi time, Goldberg gave an update on his condition, tweeting, “Knocked myself out and thought I could finish…. love my fans…..but let u down.”
Knocked myself out and thought I could finish…. love my fans…..but let u down. Everyone else that found “pleasure” ….. hope ur happy
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) June 7, 2019
Judging by the internet reaction, it seems more than just his fans were let down.