At last year’s Super Showdown, Goldberg and The Undertaker squared off in a match that was poorly received by fans. Goldberg suffered a concussion early in the match and it threw off the timing of everything that followed.
Goldberg discussed that match with The Undertaker when he joined the Total Slam podcast.
“My match with Taker was the perfect storm with no good. At the end of the day, I was not in the ring for two years. It was 150 degrees. Undertaker and I never worked together before,” said Goldberg. “My character is based on realism. My character is based on intensity and sometimes I forget I’m a little bit older than I used to be and my body is not [the same]. It was a spot over the years that I knocked myself out at times. Why? Because I refuse to do in there something that doesn’t looks real. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it 100 percent. If I knocked myself out, so be it, I knocked myself out.
“I had to deal with it and it was only my fault because I went too hard. You can’t fault me for it because I wanted to give the best show possible, I wanted to make my family and fans proud. I wanted to complete a dream of my and have a good match with Taker, but it doesn’t always turn out the way you want and unfortunately it was on TV. Everybody in the world saw it… but hey, what match defies a human being? For two weeks I felt bad about it, and I think Taker and I should get a pat on the back for putting ourselves out there at our age and doing the things that we do to entertain the people.”
Saudi Arabia and Jews have historically had a strained relationship and Goldberg is proud of his Jewish heritage. He was asked about wrestling in Saudi Arabia as a Jew.
“It was very strange. It was extremely uncomfortable sometimes, but they did their best to make me feel as comfortable as possible,” stated Goldberg. “You don’t know until you go and my impressions were different than what really happened. We never felt in danger at any moment. I got nothing but respect and praise to the Saudi’s people.”
Goldberg then talked more about being a Jewish wrestler and how that will factor into his retirement plans.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be put in that category. Usually when you go out there you fight for yourself, but I felt anytime I got in the square circle I was fighting for all the Jewish people. This is really how I felt. I was a representation of them and I always will be. I want to portray them on a positive light and to be the super hero that everybody wants to be. It puts a good example for anybody who followed me,” stated Goldberg.
“I’ve never been to Israel but I spoke to my agent and I was invited to do an event in Israel. I’m considering having my retirement match in Israel. It’s a big conversation right now and we considering it.”
Goldberg will face WWE Universal Champion Bray Wyatt for the title this Thursday at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia. New subscribers can sign up for the WWE Network today by clicking here and get their first month for free, which includes WWE Super ShowDown as well as WWE Elimination Chamber.