Goldberg speaks out about match w/ Undertaker Submitted by Aaron Rift on 08/15/2019 at 04:19 PM
In an interview with Booker T, Bill Goldberg talked about what went wrong against his match with The Undertaker at Super Showdown:
"Iím not going to make excuses, thatís for sure. Iím just going to answer questions and give facts. Facts are the reason why I had that match [with The Undertaker] and took that opportunity, was because it was an opportunity of a lifetime whether I was 22, 52 or 102, you know? Not that it was in Saudi Arabia but because it was against The Undertaker. He was the one guy that I never crossed paths with, and the heat Ė I knew going in it was going to be hot. In Georgia playing for The Falcons, or The Georgia Bulldogs, or the L.A Rams down in Los Angeles, itís hotter than hell and you know itís going to be hot. Itís one of those things you accept."
"I had the perfect storm of crappiness because, for me, people donít know all the things that go into everything. At 52, going against The Undertaker and being Bill Goldberg in the short period of time that I had, I can either do one or two things Ė I can get in really good shape or I can try to get as big as humanly possible so I donít look like an old Bill Goldberg against The Undertaker. So, itís a compromise; itís always a compromise. This last time, though I didnít need the cardio, man, I didnít concentrate on getting big at all for the 4 weeks that I had. I just tried to get in shape. I didnít try to add a pound. I tried to lose weight this time. Every situation is different. Itís like trapping for a different team. I liken everything to football because Iím a meathead and was born into a football helmet."
" But the ring post thing, hey man, thatís a spot that a couple of the bookers came up to me and said, well, we called it. We knew you were going to do that because 50% of the time I have done that spot I have not had good results. Because hereís the deal, I donít profess to be an entertainer on the level of Ric Flair that can go out and make people laugh. I mean, I can, but itís not my way of doing things. My way of making peopleís jaws drop is blurring the line of reality and fiction so everything I do has to be Ė itís like the kick I took from Dolph Ziggler
The first kick that I took felt really good because I had to react to it because it was planted on me. It was perfect. That is the way I work, man, I am a reactionary guy. If I am going to be a Defensive Lineman that was an All-American, if Iím going to be a guy who played a couple of years in the NFL, if I am going to be a guy that was known to be a thrasher, Iím not going to run into a turnbuckle and miss it and act like it killed me. I canít do that, so I have to make it look as close as killing me as possible, and sometimes, unfortunately, the circumstances are such that I go a little overboard. And when you accelerate at an age, your body canít take that overboard as it used to.
I canít bounce back from it like I used to, and then the perfect storm of the heat, and the perfect storm of The Undertaker not having the timing and not going at the same time at one point or something. Hey, at the end of the day, thereís never been a freaking dude in the middle of the ring that I couldnít pick up, period. It was an unfortunate deal that I shouldnít have gone as hard as I went. And then there were a couple of people saying that he referee should have called it. Well guess what? The referee asked me 15 times how I felt and you know what I told him? Fifteen different answers. I felt different every single time that he asked me."