The WWE Hall of Famer dethroned Bray Wyatt as the Universal Champion at the WWE Super ShowDown pay-per-view event last year. Golberg was supposed to face Roman Reigns in his next title defense but Reigns pulled out of the contest and Braun Strowman replaced him.
WWE then had Strowman go over Goldberg in a quick match at WrestleMania 36 to win the title. At the time of Wyatt vs. Goldberg, Wyatt while portraying his Fiend character had been one of the hottest stars in the company up until that point. Despite that, WWE put the part-timer over him.
The NXT Tag Team Champion recently spoke with Gary Cassidy for Sportskeeda where he gave his critical take about these decisions by WWE.
Riddle called it unfortunate and that it’s not that Goldberg wasn’t a money-making machine in his time or entertaining but knows how hard wrestling is to do. He understands that there’s a reason why people come and go.
“Then to not only bring him back but then to almost destroy… if Bray Wyatt wasn’t as good as he is and so charismatic as he is and everything else, he wouldn’t be able to survive. Most characters would die after that and probably be released shortly after. He was billed undefeated then just to have him Speared a couple of times, barely Jackhammered, one, two, three.”
Riddle noted that the other thing is that WWE puts other athletes that are in their prime in jeopardy because somebody wants to come back. He thinks the landscape of wrestling has changed since the 90s. He doesn’t think it’s better or worse but rather it’s presented more like a sport and competitive.
Riddle stated when Goldberg gets a world title match but he can’t deliver a good forearm or another move then it should be expected that people are going to call you out.
“I don’t think it was a poor move bringing him back for a match, but to bring him back to win the title, to destroy the character like The Fiend being so unstoppable and then just have Braun Strowman beat him… You know, it doesn’t really do much for Braun Strowman beating him. It’s not like it was a passing of the torch or a great match. It was a couple of Spears and a Powerslam.”
Riddle made it known that he doesn’t want to knock Strowman or anyone for their work but at the same time, they need to realize how hard people work to get where you are. He thinks those in the position that others want to be should put a little bit more effort into what they’re doing.
“As a fan, like yourself and myself, we all agree and every fan that watched that, even if they wanted Braun to win or whatever, was disappointed. Even if you wanted Goldberg to win, you probably didn’t want him to win like that. It’s one of those things. You know me, I think it was a bad call but I don’t make those calls, I can only give my input, my insight and my opinion, and that’s all I have.”
Riddle also talked about his run in with Pete Dunne, NXT, and more, which you can read about here.