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Bill Goldberg
Bill goldberg.jpg
Goldberg visits USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in 2005
Born William Scott Goldberg
(1966-12-27) December 27, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States[1][2]
Residence Oceanside, California, United States
Other names Goldberg
Occupation Football player, wrestler, actor
Years active 1990–1995 (football player)
1997–2004 (wrestler)
1998–2010 (actor)
Spouse(s) Wanda Ferraton (m. 2005)
Children Gage Goldberg
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bill Gold[3]
Bill Goldberg[3]
Goldberg
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1][4][5]
Billed weight 285 lb (129 kg)[1][4]
Billed from Dawsonville, Georgia (WCW)[6][7]
Atlanta, Georgia[4]
Parts Unknown[6][7]
Trained by WCW Power Plant[1][4]
Debut 1997[8]
Retired 2004
Website
BillGoldberg.com

William Scott "Bill" Goldberg (born December 27, 1966) is an American actor, former professional football player and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) between 1997 and 2001, and in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between 2003 and 2004.[1][2] He is notable for his lengthy undefeated streak in singles competition: the official count is listed as 173–0,[4][9][10] though the legitimacy of this figure has been questioned.[11][12][13]

Goldberg is a two-time world champion: a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and a one-time World Heavyweight Champion in WWE.[14][15] He is recognized by WWE as the only undefeated world champion in the history of sports entertainment.[16] He is also a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion and one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion (with Bret Hart).[17][18][19] Goldberg headlined many 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 of Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin, saying that he "was as hot as anybody has ever been in the history of this business".[20]

Before he was a professional wrestler, Goldberg was a professional football player. After retiring from wrestling, he began working as a commentator for the mixed martial arts promotion EliteXC until its closure. As of 2010, he has been the host of Garage Mahal on the DIY Network.

Football career[edit]

Bill Goldberg
No. 71, 73
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-12-27) December 27, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school: Tulsa (OK) Edison
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 1990 / Round: 11 / Pick: 302
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 14
Games started: 1
Tackles: 11
Stats at NFL.com

Goldberg earned a scholarship to play for the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team where he served as a defensive tackle. He was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round, with the 302nd overall selection, in the 1990 NFL Draft.

He played for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1990 NFL season, followed by a stint with the CFL Sacramento Gold Miners and Atlanta Falcons from 1992 to 1994. After being cut from the Falcons, in 1995 he was selected by the new expansion team, the Carolina Panthers, in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, but never played a game with the team. He was the first player to have been cut by the Carolina Panthers.

Goldberg's NFL career ended when he "tore his lower abdomen off his pelvis". He had hopes of returning to the league after rehabilitation but, due to his lack of success, wasn't considered a major asset. Goldberg has described playing in the NFL as "a mixed emotional experience" because, despite reaching the goal of simply playing in the NFL, he didn't obtain the level of achievement that he desired.[21]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Championship Wrestling (1997–2001)[edit]

Introduction[edit]

During the rehab following his NFL injury, Goldberg began power lifting and mixed martial arts training. He was spotted by Lex Luger and Sting who urged him to try professional wrestling.[22] Although not a fan of professional wrestling, he saw it as an alternative to his fledgling football career and began training at the WCW Power Plant.

Matches prior to debut as Goldberg[edit]

Working as Bill Gold, Goldberg made five appearances. The first was on a dark match at a Monday Nitro event on June 23, 1997 where he defeated Buddy Lee Parker.[23] He would also face and defeat Buddy Landell (WCW Saturday Night dark Match), Hugh Morrus (house show), Chip Minton (Monday Nitro dark match), and John Betcha (house show). His final pre-televised appearance was in dark match on July 24 at WCW Saturday Night taping, a loss to Chad Fortune.

Undefeated streak and WCW Champion[edit]

On the September 22 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Bill Goldberg defeated Hugh Morrus in his debut match. Soon afterward, he began to dish out quick lessons to his fellow WCW wrestlers in the range of 1–2 minutes. Goldberg's succession of wins saw him quickly advance up the card, and he was pushed as a singles wrestler. The newcomer captivated fans with his monstrous yet silent charisma, brute strength, and agility that saw him vault the ropes, perform high kicks and even the occasional backflip. Goldberg was WCW's counter to the WWF's Steve Austin by keeping his head shaved, and having a goatee, while wearing the same black wrestling trunks.[24] Goldberg made his pay-per-view debut at Starrcade defeating Steve McMichael.[1][2] In early 1998, Goldberg squashed Brad Armstrong at SuperBrawl VIII and pinned Perry Saturn at Spring Stampede.[1][2] In mid-March, WCW stopped referring to him by his full name, shortening it to simply "Goldberg".[25] Around this time, WCW began counting Goldberg's consecutive wins on television as he continued to climb up the ranks. Goldberg's win over Saturn was his 74th consecutive without a loss, and the next night on Nitro he challenged Raven for the United States Heavyweight Championship that Raven had won the night before at Spring Stampede. Despite interference from Raven's Flock, Goldberg overpowered them all and defeated Raven to win his first professional wrestling championship.[26] Two days later, on the April 22 edition of WCW Thunder, he made his first successful title defense against Mike Enos.[27] Goldberg then started a feud with Raven and The Flock. At Slamboree, he ended his feud with the Flock after a successful title defense against Saturn.[2] Goldberg would continue to make successful title defenses against Konnan at The Great American Bash and Curt Hennig.[2] By this time, he had adopted the catchphrase "Who's next?" in reference to his rapidly expanding winning streak.[28]

As Goldberg was getting over as a main eventer, he continued to defend the United States Championship and was slowly becoming a contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship that was held by nWo leader Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Hogan eventually promised Goldberg a title match, which was to take place on the July 6, 1998 edition of Nitro. However, Hogan elected instead to make Goldberg earn it in a match with his stablemate Scott Hall which Goldberg won. Goldberg was able to defeat Hogan later in the evening to become world champion, in turn vacating his US Title. At Road Wild, Goldberg won a battle royal, consisting of New World Order (nWo) members.[1][2]

After Diamond Dallas Page became the number one contender for the WCW Title, Goldberg and Page began a feud with each other. At Halloween Havoc, the feud was settled after Goldberg defeated Page to retain the title.[1][2] At Starrcade, Goldberg's undefeated streak was ended at a cited 173 victories when he lost his title to Kevin Nash after Scott Hall, disguised as a ringside security guard, made a run-in and shocked Goldberg with a taser gun.[1][2] Goldberg, however, avenged this act by facing Hall at Souled Out, in a Ladder Taser match. Goldberg won when he used the taser, which was hung high above the ring, requiring the ladder to obtain it.[1][2] At the same time, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) began mocking Goldberg with the character Gillberg, a perennial jobber who dressed similarly to Goldberg and mocked his signature entrance and mannerisms, but was small and scrawny, using the catchphrase "Who's First?" since he never won.

Breakdown of The Streak[edit]

A definitive breakdown of The Streak shows after a 5-1 start before his debut on-air, Bill Goldberg amassed a win steak of 155 victories before his Starrcade loss to Kevin Nash.

Goldberg Win Streak[edit]

Date Location Arena Venue Opponent Result Record
June 23, 1997 Macon, GA Coliseum WCW Nitro dark match Buddy Lee Parker[29] Won by pinfall 1-0
June 24, 1997 Dalton, GA Coliseum WCW Saturday Night dark match Buddy Landell[30] Won by pinfall 2-0
July 14, 1997 Orlando, FL Arena WCW Nitro dark match Hugh Morrus[31] Won by pinfall 3-0
July 17, 1997 Cincinnati, OH The Crown July 22, 1997 Jacksonville, FL Coliseum house show John Betcha[32] Won by pinfall 5-0
July 24, 1997 WCW Sat Night taping Arena WCW Saturday Night dark match Chad Fortune[33] Lost by pinfall 5-1
September 22, 1997 Salt Lake City, UT E Center WCW Nitro Hugh Morris[34] Won by pinfall 6-1
September 29, 1997 Worcester, MA Centrum WCW Nitro The Barbarian[35] Won by pinfall 7-1
October 1, 1997 Dalton, GA WCW Saturday Night Roadblock[36] Won by pinfall 8-1
October 10, 1997 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Manny Fernandez[37] Won by pinfall 9-1
December 13, 1997 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Frankie Lancaster[33] Won by pinfall 10-1
October 13, 1997 Orlando, FL Ice Palace WCW Nitro Scotty Riggs[38] Won by pinfall 11-1
October 14, 1997 Fort Myers, FL WCW Saturday Night Mike Anthony[39] Won by pinfall 12-1
October 20, 1997 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum WCW Nitro Wrath[40] Won by pinfall 13-1
October 27, 1997 San Diego, CA Cox Arena WCW Nitro Disco Inferno[41] no contest 13-1
October 28, 1997 San Bernadino, CA WCW Saturday Night The Renegade[42] Won by pinfall 14-1
November 2, 1997 Norfolk, VA Scope WCW house show Bobby Eaton[43] Won by pinfall 15-1
November 8, 1997 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Mark Starr[39] Won by pinfall 16-1
December 16, 1997 Gainesville, GA Georgia Mountains Center WCW Saturday Night The Renegade[44] Won by pinfall 17-1
December 28, 1997 Washington, DC MCI Center WCW Starrcade 97 Steve McMichael[45] Won by pinfall 18-1
December 29, 1997 Baltimore, MD Arena WCW Nitro Glacier[46] Won by pinfall 19-1
January 3, 1998 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium WCW house show Bobby Eaton[47] Won by pinfall 20-1
January 4, 1998 Columbus, GA Civic Center WCW house show Brad Armstrong[48] Won by pinfall 21-1
January 5, 1998 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome WCW Nitro Stevie Ray[49] Won by pinfall 22-1
January 6, 1998 Rome, GA Forum WCW Saturday Night Barry Horowitz[50] Won by pinfall 23-1
January 8, 1998 Daytona Beach, FL Ocean Center WCW Thunder Steve McMichael[51] Won by pinfall 24-1
January 12, 1998 Jacksonville, FL Coliseum WCW Nitro Jerry Flynn[52] Won by pinfall 25-1
January 15, 1998 Lakeland, FL Jenkins Arena WCW Thunder Chavo Guerrero Jr.[53] No contest 25-1
January 20, 1998 Thibodaux, LA Civic Center WCW Saturday Night Mike Tolbert[54] Won by pinfall 26-1
January 20, 1998 Thibodaux, LA Civic Center WCW Saturday Night Meng[55] Won by pinfall 27-1
January 22, 1998 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Civic Center WCW Thunder Kendall Windham [56] Won by pinfall 28-1
January 26, 1998 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum WCW Nitro Brad Armstrong[57] Won by pinfall 29-1
January 29, 1998 Memphis, TN Mid-South Coliseum WCW Thunder Yudi Nagata[58] Won by pinfall 30-1
January 31, 1998 Boston, MA Fleet Center WCW Boston Brawl Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker[59] Won by pinfall 31-1
February 2, 1998 San Antonio, TX AlamoDome WCW Nitro Mark Starr[60] Won by pinfall 32-1
February 3, 1998 Corpus Christi, TX WCW Saturday Night Disco Inferno[61] Won by pinfall 33-1
February 5, 1998 Beaumont, TX Civic Center WCW Thunder Jim Powers[62] Won by pinfall 34-1
February 9, 1998 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center WCW Nitro Lord Steven Regal[63] Won by pinfall 35-1
February 12, 1998 Oklahoma City, OK Myriad WCW Thunder Glacier[64] Won by pinfall 36-1
February 13, 1998 Springfield, MO WCW house show Steve McMichael[65] Won by pinfall 37-1
February 14, 1998 Kansas City, KS Memorial Hall WCW house show Steve McMichael[66] Won by pinfall 38-1
February 14, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Joey Maggs[67] Won by pinfall 39-1
February 16, 1998 Tampa, FL Fairgrounds WCW Nitro High Morrus[68] Won by pinfall 40-1
February 17, 1998 Palmetto, FL Manatee Civic Center WCW Saturday Night Jerry Flynn[69] Won by pinfall 41-1
February 19, 1998 Birmingham, AL Jefferson Civic Center WCW Thunder Fit Finlay[70] Won by pinfall 42-1
February 22, 1998 San Francisco, CA Cow Palace WCW SuperBrawl VIII Brad Armstrong[71] Won by pinfall 43-1
February 26, 1998 Cedar Rapids, IA Five Seasons Center WCW Thunder Rick Fuller[72] Won by pinfall 44-1
March 2, 1998 Philadelphia, PA Corestates Spectrum WCW Nitro Sick Boy[73] Won by pinfall 45-1
March 3, 1998 Johnstown, PA Cambria County Civic Center WCW Nitro Chase Tatum[74] Won by pinfall 46-1
March 5, 1998 Columbus, OH Convention Center WCW Thunder Vincent[75] Won by pinfall 47-1
March 6, 1998 Pittsburgh, PA Palumbo Center WCW house show Yuji Nagata[76] Won by pinfall 48-1
March 7, 1998 Charleston, WV Civic Center WCW house show Yuji Nagata[77] Won by pinfall 49-1
March 7, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Saturday Night Jerry Flynn[78] Won by pinfall 50-1
March 8, 1998 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall WCW house show Yuji Nagata[79] Won by pinfall 51-1
March 9, 1998 Winston-Salem, NC Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum WCW Nitro Barry Darsow[80] Won by pinfall 52-1
March 16, 1998 Panama City, FL Club La Vela WCW Nitro Lodi[81] Won by pinfall 53-1
March 18, 1998 Terre Haute, IN Hulman Center WCW Thunder Wayne Bloom[82] Won by pinfall 54-1
March 19, 1998 Troy, OH Hobart Arena WCW house show Brad Armstrong[83] Won by pinfall 55-1
March 20, 1998 Hammond, IN WCW house show Brad Armstrong[84] Won by pinfall 56-1
March 22, 1998 Cincinnati, OH The Crown WCW house show Brad Armstrong[85] Won by pinfall 57-1
March 23, 1998 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall WCW Nitro The Renegade[86] Won by pinfall 58-1
March 25, 1998 Baltimore, MD WCW house show Jerry Flynn[87] Won by pinfall 59-1
March 26, 1998 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center WCW Thunder Jerry Flynn[88] Won by pinfall 60-1
March 27, 1998 Charlottesville, VA WCW house show Jerry Flynn[89] Won by pinfall 61-1
March 28, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Johnny Swinger [33] Won by pinfall 62-1
March 28, 1998 Auburn Hills, MI Palace WCW house show Jerry Flynn[90] Won by pinfall 63-1
March 29, 1998 Milwaukee, WI WCW house show Jerry Flynn[91] Won by pinfall 64-1
March 30, 1998 Chicago, IL United Center WCW Nitro Ray Traylor[92] Won by pinfall 65-1
April 2, 1998 Tampa, FL Ice Palace WCW Thunder Jerry Flynn[93] Won by pinfall 66-1
April 3, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Jerry Flynn[94] Won by pinfall 67-1
April 4, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Terrance Black[95] Won by pinfall 68-1
April 4, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide John Nord[96] Won by pinfall 69-1
April 4, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Bobby Blaze[33] Won by pinfall 70-1
April 4, 1998 Orlando, FL Universal Studios WCW Worldwide Jerry Flynn[33] Won by pinfall 71-1
April 6, 1998 Miami, FL Miami Arena WCW Nitro Van Hammer[97] Won by pinfall 72-1
April 10, 1998 Montgomery, AL WCW house show Fit Finlay[98] Won by pinfall 73-1
April 11, 1998 Chattanooga, TN UTC Arena WCW house show Fit Finlay[99] Won by pinfall 74-1
April 13, 1998 Minneapolis, MN Target Center WCW Nitro Rocco Rock[100] Won by pinfall 75-1
April 14, 1998 Mankato, MN WCW Saturday Night Van Hammer[101] Won by pinfall 76-1
April 16, 1998 Fargo, ND FargoDome WCW Thunder Barry Darsow[102] Won by pinfall 77-1
April 19, 1998 Denver, CO Coliseum WCW Spring Stampede 98 Perry Saturn[103] Won by pinfall 78-1
April 20, 1998 Colorado Springs, CO World Arena WCW Nitro US Champion Raven[104] Won by pinfall 79-1
April 22, 1998 Columbia, SC Carolina Coliseum WCW Thunder Mike Enous[105] Won by pinfall 80-1
April 27, 1998 Norfolk, VA Scope WCW Nitro Scott Norton[106] Won by pinfall 81-1
April 27, 1998 Norfolk, VA Scope WCW Nitro Jerry Flynn[107] Won by pinfall 82-1
April 28, 1998 Salisbury, MD WCW house show Scott Norton[108] Won by pinfall 83-1
May 5, 1998 Springfield, IL WCW Saturday Night Van Hammer[109] Won by pinfall 84-1
May 5, 1998 Springfield, IL WCW Saturday Night Yuji Nagata[110] Won by pinfall 85-1
May 6, 1998 Des Moines, IA Veterans Memorial Coliseum WCW house show Perry Saturn[111] Won by pinfall 86-1
May 9, 1998 Wichita, KS WCW house show Perry Saturn[112] Won by pinfall 87-1
May 11, 1998 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena WCW Nitro Len Denton[113] Won by pinfall 88-1
May 14, 1998 Durham, NC Whittemore Center Arena WCW Thunder Sick Boy[114] Won by pinfall 89-1
May 15, 1998 Bangor, ME WCW house show Perry Saturn[115] Won by pinfall 90-1
May 16, 1998 Amherst, MA Mullins Center WCW house show Perry Saturn[116] Won by pinfall 91-1
May 17, 1998 Worcester, MA Centrum WCW Slamboree 98 Perry Saturn[117] Won by pinfall 92-1
May 18, 1998 Providence, RI Civic Center WCW Nitro Glacier[118] Won by pinfall 93-1
May 25, 1998 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Auditorium WCW Nitro Johnny Attitude[119] Won by pinfall 94-1
May 26, 1998 Memphis, TN Mid-South Coliseum WCW house show Perry Saturn[120] Won by pinfall 95-1
May 27, 1998 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium WCW Thunder Barry Horowitz[121] Won by pinfall 96-1
June 1, 1998 Washington, DC MCI Center WCW Nitro La Parka[122] Won by pinfall 97-1
June 4, 1998 Peoria, IL Civic Center WCW Thunder Hugh Morrus & Barbarian[123] Won by pinfall 98-1
June 5, 1998 Muncie, IN WCW house show Perry Saturn[124] Won by pinfall 99-1
June 6, 1998 Fort Wayne, IN WCW house show Perry Saturn[125] Won by pinfall 100-1
June 7, 1998 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena WCW house show Perry Saturn[126] Won by pinfall 101-1
June 8, 1998 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace WCW Nitro Chavo Guerrero Jr.[127] Won by pinfall 102-1
June 9, 1998 Saginaw, MI Civic Center WCW Saturday Night Raven[128] Won by pinfall 103-1
June 13, 1998 Pittsburgh, PA WCW house show Konnan[129] Won by pinfall 104-1
June 13, 1998 Pittsburgh, PA WCW house show Sting[130] Won by pinfall 105-1
June 14, 1998 Baltimore, MD Arena WCW Great American Bash 98 Konnan[131] Won by pinfall 106-1
June 17, 1998 Philadelphia, PA Corestates Spectrum WCW Thunder Reese[132] Won by pinfall 107-1
June 22, 1998 Jacksonville, FL Coliseum WCW Nitro Rick Fuller[133] Won by pinfall 108-1
June 24, 1998 Orlando, FL WCW Thunder dark match Fit Finlay[134] Won by pinfall 109-1
June 29, 1998 Tampa, FL Ice Palace WCW Nitro Glacier[135] Won by pinfall 110-1
July 6, 1998 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome WCW Nitro Scott Hall[136] Won by pinfall 111-1
July 6, 1998 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome WCW Nitro World Champion Hulk Hogan[137] Won by pinfall 112-1
July 7, 1998 Macon, GA Coliseum WCW Saturday Night Scott Hall[138] Won by pinfall 113-1
July 8, 1998 Birmingham, AL BJCC WCW Thunder dark match Scott Hall[139] Won by pinfall 114-1
July 10, 1998 Inglewood, CA Great Western Forum WCW LA Melee Curt Hennig[140] Won by pinfall 115-1
July 12, 1998 San Diego, CA Cox Arena WCW Bash at the Beach 98 Curt Hennig[141] Won by pinfall 116-1
July 13, 1998 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand WCW Nitro Curt Hennig[142] Won by pinfall 117-1
July 16, 1998 Oakland, CA Coliseum WCW Thunder dark match The Giant[143] Won by pinfall 118-1
July 17, 1998 Sacramento, CA WCW house show Curt Hennig[144] Won by pinfall 119-1
July 18, 1998 Spokane, WA WCW house show Curt Hennig[145] Won by pinfall 120-1
July 19, 1998 Yakima, WA Sun Dome WCW house show Curt Hennig[146] Won by pinfall 121-1
July 20, 1998 Salt Lake City, UT E Center WCW Nitro dark match The Giant[147] Won by pinfall 122-1
July 26, 1998 New York City, NY Goodwill Games WCW house show Curt Hennig[148] Won by pinfall 123-1
July 27, 1998 San Antonio, TX AlamoDome WCW Nitro Brian Adams[149] Won by pinfall 124-1
July 27, 1998 San Antonio, TX AlamoDome WCW Nitro dark match The Giant[150] Won by pinfall 125-1
August 3, 1998 Denver, CO Coliseum WCW Nitro dark match The Giant[151] Won by pinfall 126-1
August 5, 1998 Casper, WY Events Center WCW Thunder dark match The Giant[152] Won by pinfall 127-1
August 8, 1998 Sturgis, SD Sturgis Rally & Race WCW Road Wild 98 The Giant[153] Won by pinfall 128-1
August 10, 1998 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center WCW Nitro Meng[154] Won by pinfall 129-1
August 13, 1998 Fargo, ND FargoDome WCW Thunder dark match The Giant[155] Won by pinfall 130-1
August 17, 1998 Hartford, CT Civic Center WCW Nitro The Giant[156] Won by DQ 131-1
August 26, 1998 Peoria, IL Civic Center WCW Thunder dark match The Giant[157] Won by pinfall 132-1
August 31, 1998 Miami, FL Miami Arena WCW Nitro AL Green[158] Won by pinfall 133-1
September 7, 1998 Pensacola, FL WCW Nitro Scott Putski[159] Won by pinfall 134-1
September 10, 1998 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena WCW Thunder Rick Fuller[160] Won by pinfall 135-1
September 11, 1998 Cincinnati, OH WCW house show The Giant[161] Won by pinfall 136-1
September 14, 1998 Greensville, SC BiLo Center WCW Nitro Sting[162] Won by pinfall 137-1
September 24, 1998 Norfolk, VA Scope WCW Thunder Chris Kanyon[163] Won by pinfall 138-1
September 24, 1998 Norfolk, VA Scope WCW Thunder Raven[164] Won by pinfall 139-1
September 25, 1998 Baltimore, MD Arena WCW house show The Giant[165] Won by pinfall 140-1
September 26, 1998 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center WCW house show Sting[166] Won by pinfall 141-1
October 1, 1998 Norfolk, VA WCW Thunder Raven[39] Won by pinfall 142-1
October 5, 1998 Columbia, SC Carolina Coliseum WCW Nitro Disco Inferno[167] Won by pinfall 143-1
October 10, 1998 Dayton, OH WCW house show The Giant[168] Won by pinfall 144-1
October 10, 1998 Columbus, OH WCW house show The Giant[169] Won by pinfall 145-1
October 11, 1998 Milwaukee, WI WCW house show The Giant[170] Won by pinfall 146-1
October 12, 1998 Chicago, IL United Center WCW Nitro The Giant[171] Won by countout 147-1
October 20, 1998 Mankato, MN WCW Thunder dark match Meng[172] Won by pinfall 148-1
October 21, 1998 Duluth, MN DECC WCW house show Scott Hall[173] Won by pinfall 149-1
October 25, 1998 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand WCW Halloween Havoc 98 Dallas Page[174] Won by pinfall 150-1
November 6, 1998 Charleston, WV Civic Center WCW house show The Giant[175] Won by pinfall 151-1
November 7, 1998 Pittsburgh, PA Palumbo Center WCW house show The Giant[176] Won by pinfall 152-1
November 8, 1998 Johnstown, PA WCW house show The Giant[177] Won by pinfall 153-1
November 9, 1998 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum WCW Nitro Meng[178] Won by pinfall 154-1
November 12, 1998 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center WCW Thunder dark match The Giant[39] Won by pinfall 155-1
November 23, 1998 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena WCW Nitro The Giant[179] Won by pinfall 156-1
December 7, 1998 Houston, TX AstroDome WCW Nitro Bam Bam Bigelow[180] no contest 156-1
December 14, 1998 Tampa, FL Ice Palace WCW Nitro Kevin Nash & Bam Bam Bigelow[181] no contest 156-1
December 18, 1998 Tulsa, OK WCW house show The Giant[182] Won by pinfall 157-1
December 19, 1998 Springfield, MO WCW house show The Giant[183] Won by pinfall 158-1
December 20, 1998 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena WCW house show Bam Bam Bigelow[184] Won by pinfall 159-1
December 21, 1998 St Louis, MO TWA Dome WCW Nitro Scott Hall[185] Won by pinfall 160-1
December 27, 1998 Washington, DC MCI Center WCW Starrcade 98 Kevin Nash[186] Lost by pinfall 160-2

Post Loss[edit]

At Spring Stampede, Goldberg gained his revenge against Nash after defeating him.[1][2] Then at Slamboree the following month, Goldberg was "injured" in an attack by Rick and Scott Steiner and took some time off to prepare for his movie debut in 1999 film Universal Soldier: The Return alongside Timecop film star Jean-Claude Van Damme.[2] He returned two months later and defeated Rick Steiner at Road Wild.[2][187] Goldberg then restarted his feud with Diamond Dallas Page also involving Page's allies, The Jersey Triad, which culminated in a match at Fall Brawl that Goldberg won.[2] After Goldberg settled his rivalry with Page, he began focusing on Sid Vicious and challenged him to a match to end Sid's winning streak.[2] The two feuded with each other, which culminated in a match at Halloween Havoc for Sid's U.S. Title. Goldberg defeated Sid via referee stoppage, and thus won his second United States Heavyweight Championship.[188] Later that night, he answered an open challenge from World Heavyweight Champion Sting and defeated him to win the championship.[1][2] On the next night's edition of Nitro, commissioner J.J. Dillon ruled that the match had not been sanctioned by WCW and that, therefore, Goldberg's victory was void.[2] Sting, however, was not given the title back due to his attack on a referee during the event and Dillon announced a 32-man tournament for the now-vacant title which included Goldberg.[2]

Goldberg wrestled Bret Hart on the same Nitro in the first round of the tournament in a match that also served as the first defense of his newly won United States Championship. Sid Vicious managed to interfere in the contest and cost Goldberg the match, thus giving him his second career loss, costing him the U.S. Championship, and eliminating him from the tournament which was eventually won by Hart at Mayhem in November.[2] Goldberg continued his rivalry with Vicious and defeated him in an "I Quit" match at Mayhem to close their rivalry.[2] Shortly thereafter, Goldberg joined forces with Hart, teaming with him to defeat Creative Control for the WCW World Tag Team Championship.[19] One week later, they lost the title to The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash).

At Starrcade, Goldberg challenged Hart for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the course of the match, Goldberg delivered a stiff kick to Hart's head, legitimately giving him a concussion and tearing a muscle in his neck. Hart continued on, suffering what he believed to be at least one other concussion when he hit his head on the floor while executing a ringpost-assisted figure four leglock.

The match ended when Roddy Piper, the special guest referee for the contest, declared Hart the winner despite Goldberg never having tapped out to the Sharpshooter.[1][2] Hart vacated the title the next night on Nitro, saying he did not want to win that way, and gave Goldberg a rematch.[189] Goldberg was defeated again due to outside interference from Hall and Nash, who came to the ring brandishing baseball bats which they used to attack Goldberg.[189] In a swerve, Hart took one of the bats from The Outsiders and began beating on Goldberg himself, doing enough damage to score the pin and regain his championship.[2][189] After the match, Hall, Nash, Hart, and Jeff Jarrett announced the reformation of the nWo[189] and gave Goldberg a new target for a feud. However, it would not last long.

Pursuit of the WCW Championship[edit]

Shortly after his title match loss, Goldberg injured himself on the December 23, 1999 edition of WCW Thunder, during a sequence where he chased the nWo limousine into the parking lot. A spot in the sequence called for Goldberg to pound on the windshield of the limousine with his hands. To ensure his safety, Goldberg had assistance from a piece of metal pipe and his hands were covered in black tape. After this, Goldberg was to break some of the vehicle's windows. There were four windows on the side of the limousine and Goldberg broke the first two with his hands. He then got aggressive, putting his forearm through the third window and immediately gashing it. Goldberg finished the sequence by pounding on the hood of the limo with his bloody arm, but immediately after it ended he was taken from the arena and rushed to a nearby hospital where the wound was patched. Goldberg lost a large amount of blood due to the accident. The injury caused Goldberg to miss the January 4, 2000 New Japan Pro Wrestling Tokyo Dome show, where he was scheduled to face Manabu Nakanishi. After taking time off to recuperate, Goldberg returned to WCW on the May 29, 2000 edition of WCW Monday Nitro interfering in a handicap match between Kevin Nash and the team of Tank Abbott and Rick Steiner on Nitro.[2] At The Great American Bash, Goldberg betrayed Nash during Nash's World Heavyweight Title match against Jeff Jarrett and turned heel for the first time in his career, aligning himself with The New Blood faction.[1][2] This did not last long, as Goldberg would again be lost to injury and miss time. As a result of this betrayal, Goldberg feuded with Nash and defeated him at Bash at the Beach, with help from fellow New Blood member Scott Steiner.[2] Goldberg participated in a triangle number one contender's match against Nash and Steiner at New Blood Rising, which Nash won.[2] Goldberg walked out of the match midway through while Nash had him ready for the Jackknife Powerbomb and swore at Vince Russo as he left the ring, turning face again. He then began a rivalry with Steiner, culminating in a no disqualification match at Fall Brawl which Goldberg lost due to outside interference.[2]

After his loss to Steiner, Goldberg's rivalry with Russo accelerated and in October, having finally had enough, Russo gave Goldberg an ultimatum. If Goldberg was to lose another match at any point in time, unless he managed to duplicate his undefeated streak from 1997 to 1998, his career would be over and he would be forced to retire from professional wrestling. Goldberg defeated KroniK (Brian Adams and Bryan Clark) at Halloween Havoc in a handicap elimination match.[1][2] He started a feud with Lex Luger.[2] This culminated in a match at Mayhem, which Goldberg won.[2] They continued their rivalry and battled in a rematch at Starrcade.[1][2] Goldberg won the match, but afterwards, he was attacked by Luger's partner Buff Bagwell.[1][2] Goldberg feuded with both Luger and Bagwell, who called themselves Totally Buffed. His streak was broken at Sin when Goldberg, teaming with his Power Plant trainer Dewayne Bruce, lost to Totally Buffed in a tag team no disqualification match after a "fan" maced him, enabling Totally Buffed to pin him.[1][2] The storyline was intended to enable Goldberg to have shoulder surgery, but WCW was sold to the WWF in March 2001, while Goldberg was still recuperating. The WWF did not buy out Goldberg's contract with Time Warner (the parent company of WCW) as they had done with several other WCW employees, so he was not involved in the WWF "Invasion" angle. Goldberg instead remained under contract to Time Warner until May 2002, when he agreed on a contract buyout.[1][2]

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2002–2003)[edit]

Goldberg had suffered an arm injury during the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in April 2002. In August 2002, he returned to the ring in Japan. He initially joined All Japan Pro Wrestling, defeating Satoshi Kojima and Taiyō Kea. He went on to defeat Rick Steiner in a match for the W-1 promotion, and teamed with Keiji Mutoh to defeat KroniK. His success in Japan led to the WWF – now renamed World Wrestling Entertainment – to begin contract negotiations with him.[1]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2003–2004)[edit]

World Heavyweight Championship feuds[edit]

After leaving Japan, Goldberg signed a 1-year contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in March 2003, debuting on the March 31 edition of Raw, the night after WrestleMania XIX. Immediately, he began a feud with The Rock by spearing him.[1] Their rivalry intensified when The Rock held a segment entitled The Rock Concert, where he taunted Goldberg along with Gillberg. He defeated The Rock in his debut match at Backlash. The match was won by Goldberg following three spears and a Jackhammer.[190] Goldberg went undefeated over the subsequent half-year, defeating 3-Minute Warning in his first match on Raw.[1] Goldberg defeated Christian on the following edition of Raw in a steel cage match.[1]

Goldberg next feuded with Chris Jericho. During Jericho's first edition of the Highlight Reel, an interview show, where Goldberg was the guest, he complained that no one wanted Goldberg in WWE and continued to insult him in the following weeks. On May 12 on Raw, a mystery assailant attempted to run over Goldberg with a limousine. A week later, Co-Raw General Manager, Stone Cold Steve Austin, interrogated several Raw superstars to find out who was driving the car. One of the interrogatees was Lance Storm, who admitted that he was the assailant. Austin forced Storm into a match with Goldberg, who defeated Storm. After the match, Goldberg forced Storm to admit that Jericho was the superstar who conspired Storm into running him over. On May 26, Goldberg was once again a guest on the Highlight Reel. Jericho expressed jealousy towards Goldberg's success in WCW and felt that since joining WWE, he had achieved everything he had ever wanted in his career and all that was left was to defeat Goldberg and challenged him to a match. At Bad Blood, Goldberg settled the score with Jericho and pinned him.[1]

Goldberg entered a rivalry with Triple H, challenging him for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam in the second Elimination Chamber match in WWE; after squashing and eliminating Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, and Jericho, he was pinned by Triple H after Ric Flair threw a sledgehammer inside the Chamber. Triple H proceeded to attack Goldberg with the sledgehammer and as a result, Triple H retained the title.[191] Goldberg continued his feud with Triple H and finally defeated him for the World Heavyweight Championship at Unforgiven, after agreeing to put his career on the line.[192][193] The next night on Raw, Goldberg successfully retained the championship against Chris Jericho. A week later, Triple H issued a $100,000 bounty to anybody who could take Goldberg out of the game. Steven Richards, Mark Henry, La Résistance and Tommy Dreamer all attempted to collect the bounty but were unsuccessful. On October 20, Batista collected the bounty after he interfered in Goldberg's title defense against Shawn Michaels on Raw and attacked Goldberg, placing a folding chair around Goldberg's ankle and jumping off the middle rope onto the chair, shattering his ankle. Furious, Goldberg demanded a match against Batista. Triple H, however, got involved in the match between Goldberg and Batista trying to cripple Goldberg, but Goldberg fought back and speared Triple H before attacking Batista with a sledgehammer. At Survivor Series, Goldberg retained his championship against Triple H despite interference from Evolution.[194]

On November 17, Goldberg faced Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista in a Handicap match on Raw but was pinned following an RKO, a Batista Bomb and finally a Pedigree. After the match, Kane unexpectedly came out to seemingly assist Goldberg after Evolution continued their assault on him following the match. After scaring off Evolution however, he turned on Goldberg and chokeslammed him. The following week, Kane attacked Goldberg again while he was defending his championship against Triple H in a rematch from Survivor Series and later that night, expressed his desire to face Goldberg for the title. Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff announced that Goldberg would be defending his championship against both Kane and Triple H in a triple threat match at Armageddon. Goldberg teamed with Shawn Michaels and Rob Van Dam to face and defeat Kane, Batista, and Orton in a six-man tag team match. On December 8 on Raw, Goldberg faced Kane in a Lumberjack match which ended in a disqualification when Evolution and Mark Henry entered the ring and assaulted Goldberg. At Armageddon, Goldberg ultimately lost the title when Triple H pinned him after interference from Evolution and a chokeslam from Kane.[195]

Feud with Brock Lesnar and departure[edit]

During the Royal Rumble in 2004, Goldberg crossed paths with then-WWE Champion Brock Lesnar when the latter interrupted Goldberg during a backstage interview. While Goldberg was in the midst of dominating the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar interfered in the match and hit Goldberg with the F5. With his attention turned toward Lesnar, Kurt Angle eliminated a distracted Goldberg from behind.[1] Goldberg vowed revenge on Lesnar and after defeating Mark Henry and Jonathan Coachman in a No DQ match, he declared Brock Lesnar his next victim. On February 2, Goldberg was given a front row ticket to No Way Out by Steve Austin. Smackdown! General Manager Paul Heyman appeared on Raw and, along with Vince McMahon attempted to get Goldberg to back off in his vendetta against Brock Lesnar which resulted in Goldberg spearing Heyman and accidentally spearing Austin when he was aiming for McMahon. Goldberg attended No Way Out as a fan, confronting Lesnar at the event and, after several insults by Brock Lesnar, entered the ring and executed a Jackhammer on him. Goldberg was then detained and escorted out of the arena by security guards. During the main event between Brock Lesnar and Eddie Guerrero, Goldberg reemerged from the crowd and cost Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship.[196] This led to a match between the two being scheduled for WrestleMania XX with Austin serving as special guest referee. Fans knew this would be the final WWE match for both Goldberg and Brock Lesnar and thus gave largely negative reactions through the performance. Goldberg won the match, causing Lesnar to show Steve a middle finger. In return, he received a Stone Cold Stunner. Goldberg then celebrated his victory with Austin, only to also receive a stunner.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

On July 22, 2006, Goldberg served as color commentator in mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion World Fighting Alliance (WFA) King of the Streets pay-per-view in Los Angeles, California. When asked whether he was interested in becoming a mixed martial artist, Goldberg stated, "I'd love to, especially if I was 21 or even 29, but these guys are so far ahead of me in terms of experience. I never say never, though. But I don’t see myself stopping my movies, my shows, my commentating, or being a dad to do that". On June 2, 2007 Bill Goldberg also commentated on K-1 Dynamite USA.

Goldberg became a color commentator for the EliteXC organization during their inaugural event. The event, EliteXC Destiny, was broadcast live on Showtime, on February 10, 2007. He has continued in this role through all of EliteXC's showcase and combined cards, including Dynamite!! USA, Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni, EliteXC: Renegade, and EliteXC: Street Certified.

Other media[edit]

Goldberg began acting while working for WCW in 1999. His appearance in Universal Soldier: The Return corresponded with him being featured in the music video.[197][198] He was a special guest star on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling. On the show he showed the contestants his various power moves and also how to hit an opponent with a steel chair. He also spent three seasons as host of the Speed Channel show Bullrun.

In 2005, Goldberg also starred in the Happy Madison produced Adam Sandler movie The Longest Yard, as an inmate, along with fellow wrestlers Kevin Nash, The Great Khali, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, as well as actors Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds among others. In the same year he was also the host of The History Channel documentary series "'Auto-Maniac" and later starred in the movie Santa's Slay where he plays a homicidal Santa Claus who goes on a killing spree on Christmas.

In March 2010, Goldberg appeared on the ninth season of Donald Trump's reality series The Celebrity Apprentice and was eliminated in the sixth episode.[citation needed]

In September 2010, Goldberg joined forces with Louis Gregory, CEO of Uncle Louie Music Group and Uncle Louie Management when Bill placed "Uncle Louie" on Team Goldberg.[199]

Goldberg makes frequent guest appearances on 4th & Pain, a pro-wrestling show co-hosted by Adam Carriker.[200]

Goldberg is featured in video games such as WCW/nWo Revenge,[201] WCW/nWo Thunder,[202] WCW Mayhem,[203] WCW Backstage Assault,[204] WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Raw 2,[205] WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain[206] and WWE 2K14.[207]

In 2014, Goldberg started his own Podcast entitled "Who's Next?! With Bill Goldberg". The show can be found for free on iTunes and Podcast One. Notable guests include Deion Sanders and Terry Crews. He has weekly guests from all facets of his professional life, from football, to MMA, to sports in general, to movies and television.

Personal life[edit]

Goldberg's mother, Ethel, is a classical violinist, while his father, Jed, a graduate of Harvard University, was an obstetrician and gynecologist.[citation needed] They divorced, and Jed died in late 2006.[citation needed] In addition to playing the violin, Ethel breeds flowers, and once succeeded in creating an award-winning hybrid orchid which she named after Goldberg.[citation needed] Bill's brother, Michael, is the owner of the premier music club in Aspen, Colorado named Belly Up.[208] Bill is proud of his Jewish heritage and refused to hide it in the wrestling world.[209][210] Goldberg's Jewish ancestors came from Russia and Romania. His Romanian grandfather, Marcel, emigrated from Bucharest and came to America through Ellis Island.[211] His other great-grandfather, Willie, was an immigrant from Russia.

Goldberg was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had a bar mitzvah at Temple Israel[212] and graduated from Tulsa Edison High School.[213] He acquired a love for football early in life and was a bouncer at age 16.[21]

On April 10, 2005, Goldberg married Wanda Ferraton, a stunt double whom he met while filming Santa's Slay, as stated in that movie's audio commentary. The couple have one son together named Gage Goldberg.[214]

Goldberg during his tour of USS Ronald Reagan.

Goldberg is an animal welfare advocate and an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) spokesman, and has addressed the United States Congress in order to raise awareness of illegal animal fighting.[215] Every year, Goldberg also plays golf in the Jimmy V Golf Classic and visits with children in local hospitals who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Goldberg co-owns and operates the "Extreme Power Gym" Muay Thai and Amateur boxing training facility in Oceanside, California. He also owns over 25 vintage cars,[209] including a Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible, Shelby Cobra 427, and a Mustang Boss 429 "Lawman" (one of the two cars used in the Vietnam War to entertain the U.S. Army).

Goldberg has a long scar on the right side of his torso from a tear suffered during a college football game that required surgery to repair. He also acquired a scar on his right forearm from an altercation in WCW which kept him out of action for quite some time due to the surgery needed to fix.[216] He has a large tribal tattoo on his left upper shoulder (which became his professional wrestling logo) and a skull on the inside of his right biceps.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 The Jesse Ventura Story Luger
Universal Soldier: The Return Romeo
2000 Ready to Rumble Himself
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Mr. Smith
2005 The Longest Yard Battle
The Kid & I Himself
Santa's Slay Santa Claus
2007 Half Past Dead 2 William Burke
2010 Kill Speed Big Bad John
Minkow Sax
Holly, Jingles and Clyde 3D Gus

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Lou "The Pariah" Maguire Episode: "Captain Courageous"
1999 Dennis Miller Live Himself
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends Episode: "Wrestling"
E! True Hollywood Story Episode: "Hulk Hogan"
2000 The Daily Show
The Man Show Episode: "Holiday Show 2"
2002 Yes, Dear Big Guy Episode: "Walk Like a Man"
Family Guy Angry bus passenger Episode: "Family Guy Viewer Mail 1"
Arliss Episode: "In with the New"
Kim Possible Pain King Episode: "Pain King vs. Cleopatra"
2003 HBO First Look Episode: "Looney Tunes: Back In Action"
Punk'd Himself
2004 Monster Garage Episode: "Box-Truck Wrestling Ring"
2005 Modern Marvels Episode: "Private Collections"
Desperate Housewives Inmate Episode: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Biker Build-Off Host
Automaniac
The Contender Episode: "Who's Playing The Game?"
2006 Pros vs. Joes Episodes: "Can You PVJ Champ?" and "Can You Cover Jerry Rice?"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cupid Episode: "Loophole"
2007–2010 Bullrun Host
2008 Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling Himself Episode: "In-Ring Psychology"
2009 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
The Rise and Fall of WCW
2010 The Celebrity Apprentice
Garage Mahal

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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1 ^ Goldberg became the fifth man to win the Triple Crown along with Bret Hart as they both won on the same day.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Bill Goldberg's OWOW Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on March 20, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah "Bill Goldberg's Accelerator profile". Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
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  4. ^ a b c d e "WWE alumni profile". WWE. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Biography". Billgoldberg.com. Archived from the original on 2010-05-05. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Road Wild report on August 8, 1998". 
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  8. ^ "WCW 1997 results". , Saturday Night taping, against Buddy Landel
  9. ^ Conner, Floyd (2000). "Gridiron Grapplers". Football's Most Wanted (1st ed.). Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books. ISBN 978-1-57488-309-1. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Bill; Goldberg, Steve (2000). I'm Next: The Strange Journey of America's Most Unlikely Superhero (1st ed. ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. p. 56. ISBN 0-609-60780-4. From my first appearance on TV, I won 173 straight matches before suffering my first loss a year and three months later. 
  11. ^ Jericho, Chris; Peter Thomas Fornatale (2008). A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex. London: Orion Books. p. 369. ISBN 978-0-7528-8446-2. One week he'd be 42–0 and seven days later he'd be 58–0. 
  12. ^ Bryan Alvarez & R.D. Reynolds. The Death Of WCW. Toronto: ECW Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-55022-661-4. One week, announcer [Tony] Schiavone's number didn't jive with the number the hardcores [fans] had. Then, the next week, it was even farther off. As it turned out, in a lame effort to make his streak appear more meaningful, the company had started to add imaginary numbers to the total. 
  13. ^ "Who's Next?". The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW. Season 1. Episode 10. October 21, 2014. 24 minutes in. WWE Network. WWE. 
    The Miz: "One day he would have, like, five wins, then the next week he'd have, like, fifteen wins - the number would just go on and on and on, to where it was like, 'Wait a second. How did he get this many wins in such a short time?' "
    Jimmy Hart: " 'He is 4–0! He's 25–0!' I always thought it was kind of funny: after three weeks he had won 40 matches. 'How many times has he wrestled today? Fifteen?' "
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  16. ^ "Top 50 good guys in wrestling history: #21 Goldberg". WWE. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
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  18. ^ a b "Goldberg's second WCW United States Heavyweight Championship reign". 
  19. ^ a b c "=WCW World Tag Team Championship history". Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2008. 
  20. ^ The Rise & Fall of WCW. 2009. WWE Home Video. 78 minutes in. "Bill Goldberg was as hot as anybody has ever been in the history of this business. He was as hot as [Hulk] Hogan, he was as hot as The Rock, he was as hot as [Steve] Austin. Name it - doesn't matter."
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  26. ^ "Goldberg's first United States Championship reign". WWE. Archived from the original on March 19, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
  27. ^ "WCW Thunder – Wednesday, 04/22/98". DDT Digest. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
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References[edit]

  • Goldberg, Bill and Goldberg, Steve (2000) I'm Next: The Strange Journey of America's Most Unlikely Superhero, ISBN 0-609-60780-4

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