According to a report by Fightful’s premium service, Fightful Select, it was Vince McMahon who insisted Goldberg continue to use the Jackhammer in 2020.
When Goldberg vs. The Undertaker was announced for WWE Super Showdown in Saudi Arabi on June 7, 2019, fans began to imagine a fantasy warfare for the ages. The previous figureheads of two separate companies finally meeting in the middle of the ring for the first time was, arguably a worldwide attraction.
However, when the bell rang and Goldberg almost broke The Undertaker’s neck with a botched Jackhammer thanks to a severe concussion, it was clear that it was time to shift the finisher to the woodshed and replace it with a more easily executed manoeuvre.
After an interview with FOX Sports in which Goldberg stated he completely regretted the Jackhammer to The Undertaker and would take it back if humanly possible, Fightful have stated that idea to keep the move active was down to Vince McMahon himself.
As per the report, the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion was fine with cutting the move from his 2020 bout with ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt at WWE Super Showdown because he was dealing with an injured shoulder. In turn, then WWE Universal Champion Bray Wyatt was also on board with just being pinned by a spear.
However, upon receipt of the idea that entity would be pinned with a simple spear – or several of them to make it look convincing – McMahon interjected and insisted Goldberg perform his legendry finishing move despite his shoulder being unable to take the strain.
The end result was another questionable execution which seemed to be more of a suplex, which earned the star a very brief run with the company’s blue strap. Though that came to an end at WrestleMania 36 when Goldberg was pinned by Braun Strowman in his last match on WWE television prior to the Royal Rumble on January 31, 2021.