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Goldberg Admits He Was “Terrified” To Wrestle In Saudi Arabia


WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg has admitted that he was “terrified” ahead of his first appearance in Saudi Arabia.

WWE ran their first event in Saudi Arabia in April 2014, hosting a series of house shows in Riyadh. This was followed by similar shows in October 2015 and November 2016. However, the company embarked upon a new decade-long agreement with the kingdom in 2018, which would see pay-per-view events take place in Saudi Arabia twice a year.

The first of these events was the Greatest Royal Rumble in April which was followed by the first-ever Crown Jewel event in November. At the shows, it became somewhat traditional for Hall of Famer’s to dust off their boots for one last dream match.

It was this line of thinking which placed Goldberg and The Undertaker in the same ring at Super ShowDown in June 2019.

Not that Goldberg was initially too overjoyed at being involved in the event.

During an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, the WCW legend explained that due to his Jewish faith, something he has always been very open about, he was initially “terrified” about going to Saudi Arabia.

“As one of the most visible Jewish guys on the planet, I was terrified to go over the first time, I really was. It was under the auspices of the WWE, so obviously, the security was there,”

I’ll be perfectly honest; I haven’t gotten a reception like that anywhere around the world that’s much better. I mean, those people are so appreciative of what we do, the characters that we are, the business that we provide for them, the entertainment we provide.

Let’s be perfectly honest, they’re at the ground-breaking stage of the westernization of that part of the world. We caught a lot of sh*t in the beginning,

Look at all the people who’ve jumped on board right now. Look at all the talent, all the events that they’ve been able to put on, to westernize, evolve, that’s the word I was looking for, no question. We caught a lot of sh*t in the beginning, I think we should be very proud of the precedent that we set.”

Goldberg, who wrestled his most recent match against Bobby Lashley in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel, also confirmed that he has one match left on his WWE contract and then “that’s it.”

“I’ve got one more match left on my deal, man. Then that’s it,” Goldberg stressed. “Everybody knows I’ve got one more and then that’s it.”

Both Undertaker and Goldberg have previously expressed their disappointment at how their match at Super ShowDown unfolded. Elsewhere in the conversation with McAfee, the Hall of Famer described the match as a “debacle.”

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.