Last night saw Goldberg get into action for the first time since his return, beating up an interrupting Rusev and delivering a spear to Paul Heyman in the absence of his Survivor Series opponent, Brock Lesnar.
Folks who caught the show live saw Goldberg slip and fall to the ground as he delivered a series of knees to Rusev. He got back up in an instant and sold it like a pro, but the clumsy mistake has many folks questioning his readiness for Survivor Series.
For his part, Goldberg owned up to the mistake, taking to twitter to acknowledge his ring rust.
It remains to be seen whether fans will be forgiving of the mistake, but WWE has taken the opportunity to scrub the slip from all records of the show.
Their Youtube highlight of the segment omits Goldberg’s flaw, as does the 90-minute Hulu version of Raw. Reports suggest that it’s been scrubbed from international broadcasts of the show, as well.
Sure, it’s a minor mistake, and I can’t sit here and take a pro athlete to task for a minor mistake after returning to action for the first time in a decade. But with so many skeptical about Goldberg’s ability to carry his end of a match as big as the one he’ll have against Brock Lesnar this month, there’s no doubt that this will raise some alarm bells.