People often wonder why WWE had Lesnar and Goldberg face off at Wrestlemania 33 for the WWE Universal title.
While it was true that Goldberg shocked the world with his incredible win over Lesanr at Survivor Series, the pair just did not seem to click with the audience as most people feared that their Wrestlemania 33 match would be similar to the one that they put on at Wrestlemania 20.
Their match in 2004 was highly anticipated, but ended up being a damp squid. The passionate New York crowd knew that both wrestlers were leaving after the match, and could not care about either of them.
The Garden was a terrible place to be, as Goldberg’s win hardly evoked a cheer from the crowd. But how did Vince react to his marquee match getting such a terrible reaction in 2004?
This is what former WWE producer, Bruce Pichard had to say,
“It was not the worst match in WrestleMania history for f**k’s sake. There have been worse matches, but this stunk. Everybody knew it. I watched it in the audience.
“The air just came out of the Garden. It was just horrible, and both guys were just going through the motions as far as Brock and Goldberg.
“The crowd had turned on both, and didn’t give a st. They were pissed off at both guys,” Prichard said. “They were pissed off that Brock and Goldberg weren’t sticking around and they just wanted Steve Austin to kick both of their aes.
“The only high spot was the stunners in the end. The decision to have Goldberg win was because of a babyface finish. Brock didn’t give a s**t.”
“Vince’s reaction was a non-reaction. He sat there and the next match going in, and just thanked them, and said next,” Prichard said. “He didn’t sit and have a conversation with them. It was over, and was moving on to the next match.”
This was one of the main reasons why Vince wanted to have their Wrestlemania 33 match, as he wanted to correct the error of Wrestlemania 20.