Steve Austin weighs in on Undertaker vs. Goldberg.
At WWE Super ShowDown on June 7, Goldberg and The Undertaker engaged in a match that might go down as one of the saddest matches of the year. The main event contest took a turn for the worst when Goldberg knocked himself out on a post spot. After that, the two men stumbled around the ring, falling over on a Jackhammer and reverse Tombstone spots before going to the finish.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin gave his thoughts on the match.
"I thought they were doing great at about 6-7 minutes. All of a sudden, Goldberg launches himself into the turnbuckle, and he wasn't used to the closer distance," said Austin. "That's where he lit himself up. When you're out on your feet -- they were doing good. And both guys are super over. It's the first time they've ever been in the ring, and it's two icons in the business. From [the post spot] on, it took a downward spiral. Goldberg is one of the strongest guys who has ever been in the ring. Undertaker is a long guy. When you're trying to pick him up and give him the Jackhammer, when you're dead tired, and you're out on your feet, I can imagine what they're feeling. Stuff like that happens. I respect the hell out of both of them."
Austin continued, "People always look at Ric Flair and say, 'When is he gonna hang it up? He's too old to be doing this.' As long as you love to do it and still have the passion, as long as you can do the best you can, accidents are going to happen. Those two pros worked the best they could to get out of that situation and finish the match. At the end of the day, it was two superstars working their ass off. It goes to show how tough this business is. Not everything goes right. And if something goes wrong, you try to finish."
Austin harkened back to his SummerSlam 1997 bout against Owen Hart where he was dropped on his head but wanted to get to the finish instead of ending the match abruptly. He also brought up SummerSlam 1998 where he was knocked out in the middle of the match against The Undertaker and went on auto-pilot to keep going.
One superstar who wasn't quite as kind to Goldberg was Matt Riddle, who called the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, "the worst wrestler in the business" after the match.