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Bill Goldberg.

It’s a name that evokes many emotions from wrestling fans around the world, even though it’s now close to a decade since the competitor was last seen inside a WWE ring. Goldberg’s short but powerful career was that rarest of success stories, that of a grappler who came from virtual obscurity, conquered the wrestling world, and left with both his mystique and appeal still largely in tact.  Goldberg headlined multiple pay-per-views for WCW and WWE, including closing WCW’s premier annual event, Starrcade, on two occasions. WWE Hall of Famer and industry veteran Arn Anderson likened Goldberg’s popularity at his peak to that ofHulk Hogan, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, saying that he “was as hot as anybody has ever been in the history of this business”. In short, Goldberg’s career was like nothing that the wrestling world has ever seen before, or likely to again. 

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Living in Atlanta, Goldberg crossed paths with many of the superstars of WCW & WWE.  While working out in a gym co-owned by Sting, Sting convinced him to go to the WCW Power Plant training facility.  His television debut was on September 22, 1997, where he beat Hugh Morris.  Goldberg was an immediate hit with the fans. He wore a pair of black tights to the ring and used the catchphrase of Who’s Next in reference to the next opponent unlucky enough to cross his path.

On the July 6, 1998, With fans chanting his name in arena across the country, “Da Man” ascended to the top of WCW in record time, defeating the iconic Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in front of more than 60,000 fans in the Georgia Dome within a year of his debut.

From September 1997 until December 1998, the former University of Georgia and Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle went undefeated, crushing icons like Big Show and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig en route to earning an unprecedented record of 173-0. Armed with two signature maneuvers — The Spear and The Jackhammer — Goldberg displayed a devastating mix of raw power and unbridled intensity that made him unstoppable.

Eventually, Goldberg’s undefeated streak run came to an end at the hands of Kevin Nash — and a stun gun wielded by Scott Hall— but the competitor was not deterred for long. Throughout the remainder of his WCW career, he dominated a laundry list of hard hitters, including Bam Bam Bigelow, Sid Vicious and Scott Steiner. Once WWE bought WCW, Goldberg moved to NJPW and other Japanese promotions till…….He Arrived in the WWE.

On March 31, 2003, the wrecking machine finally made his WWE debut after WCW went out of Business in 2001, spearing The Rock on Raw. This confrontation led to a showdown between the two icons at Backlash with Goldberg buzz sawing through The Great One.

In the following months, the brute continued to dominate the competition, spearing Chris Jericho, Mark Henry and many others on a warpath to the top of WWE. To get there, however, Goldberg had to get through Triple H, which was no easy feat. The big man found this out at SummerSlam in the Elimination Chamber when The Game defeated him following a vicious sledgehammer shot.

Goldberg finally defeated The Cerebral Assassin for the World Heavyweight Championship one month later at Unforgiven before deciding to leave the ring for good. His last WWE match occurred at WrestleMania XX where he defeated Brock Lesnar, who at the time was also competing in what was thought to be his final bout, with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as the Special Guest Referee.

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Goldberg had super human strenght. His Jackhammer was a move, once connected; The World knew no one is getting up from it. One of the most feared moves in Wrestling. Here are a few examples:

and had one of the most devastating Spears in Pro Wreslting, many consider his the best:

Some of his Great matches:

vs. Sting for the WCW title on Monday Nitro in 1998
vs. Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW title at Halloween Havoc 1998
vs. Kevin Nash for the WCW title at Starrcade 1998
vs. Sting at Slamboree 1999
vs. Rick Steiner at Road Wild 1999
vs. Sid Vicious for the US title at Halloween Havoc 1999
vs. Sid Vicious in an I Quit match at Mayhem 1999
vs. Bret Hart for the WCW title at Starrcade 1999
vs. Scott Steiner in a No DQ match at Fall Brawl 2000
vs. the Rock at Backlash 2003
vs. Chris Jericho at Badd Blood 2003
in the Elimination Chamber for the World’s title at SummerSlam 2003

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  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1998)
    • Rookie of the Year (1998)
    • Ranked No. 1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1998
    • Ranked No. 10 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bret Hart
    • Fifth Triple Crown Champion
  • World Wrestling Entertainment
    • World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Rookie of the Year (1998)

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