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[[caption-width-right:339: The destroyer of 173[[note]]The exact number is up to debate, as Goldberg beat some guys more than once, and WCW seemed to lose count along the way[[/note]] wrestlers in a row!]]

'''Bill Goldberg''' was one of the most popular [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestlers]] in Wrestling/{{WCW}} during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars.

Goldberg became famous for having the longest winning streak ("The Streak" as it was known) in WCW history, having won 177 consecutive matches, and in the process, winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Title]], and later, the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Title]] before [[BrokenStreak the streak came to an end]] at ''Starrcade 1998''; he also became infamous for being the man responsible for retiring Wrestling/BretHart, giving him a concussion with a kick to the head that - coupled with other concussions suffered around the same timeframe - forced The Hitman out of the ring for good. (At least until 2010.) Nowadays, Goldberg has retired, and spends time doing television shows centered around motorcycles and automobiles, as well as serving as an MMA commentator.

You can learn more about his career at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Goldberg The Other Wiki]].
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!!"THESE TROPES ARE NEXT!":
* [[{{Biography}} Autobiography]]: ''I'm Next: The Strange Journey of America's Most Unlikely [=Superhero=]''
* {{Badass}}
** {{Badass Beard}}
** BadassIsraeli: Proudly and openly Jewish. Even considered ''calling'' himself {{Mossad}} before going with his own name.
* BaldOfAwesome
* TheBerserker
* TheBigGuy
* CatchPhrase: The page-topping quote.
* CarnivalOfKillers: Wrestling/TripleH put a bounty on Goldberg that [[Wrestling/StevieRichards Steven Richards]], [[PowerStable Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises]], [[ForeignWrestlingHeel La Résistance]], Wrestling/TommyDreamer and Wrestling/{{Batista}} all tried to collect.
* CrowdSong: ''Goldberg! Goldberg! Goldberg!''
** There were rumors that to help Goldberg's popularity rise, the Goldberg chants were piped in through the sound system. Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage denied it, saying something to the effect of [[TakeThat WCW didn't have the ability or know-how]] [[BitingTheHandHumor to pipe things in over the sound system.]]
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Goldberg beating Wrestling/HulkHogan, then Wrestling/KevinNash beating Goldberg thanks to Wrestling/ScottHall and a taser. WCW was not really prepared to figure out what to do with him afterwards, either.
* DemotedToExtra: He defeated Wrestling/HulkHogan for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Title]] on the July 6, 1998 ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'', but did not main event on a PPV until his match with Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage at ''WCW Halloween Havoc'' on ''October 25''.
** At the July PPV, ''Bash at the Beach'', the "main event" was Hogan and [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation pro basketball player]] Dennis Rodman defeating Diamond Dallas Page and [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation pro basketball player]] Karl Malone. Goldberg was second from the top, defeating Wrestling/CurtHennig.
** The August PPV, ''Road Wild'', had Page and ''Series/TheTonightShow'' host ''Jay Leno'' defeating Hogan and WCW boss Wrestling/EricBischoff, who had been mocking Leno on Nitro, as the "main event," with Goldberg second from the top again winning a meaningless battle royal against a bunch of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] guys. (For contrast, consider that Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'' PPV the same month had [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin defeating Wrestling/TheUndertaker in Taker's [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable first 100% clean PPV loss ever]] as its main event.)
** Goldberg did not even appear at ''WCW Fall Brawl 98'', which had as its "main event" the all-time worst [[GimmickMatches War Games]] match in the match's 11-year history. It was Team WCW (Page/[[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]][=/=][[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The]] [[WritingAroundTrademarks (Ultimate)]] [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Warrior]]) vs. Team NWO Hollywood ([[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan]][=/=]Wrestling/BretHart/Stevie Ray [Wrestling/BookerT's less-talented brother] vs. NWO Wolfpac (Wrestling/KevinNash[=/=]Wrestling/LexLuger[=/=]Wrestling/{{Sting}}) in a match that featured [[Expy/ProfessionalWrestling Rick "Renegade" Wilson]] making a surprise appearance imitating the Warrior and [[Website/{{WrestleCrap}} everyone in the match having to "play dead" for Warrior's "magic smoke." Page won the match by pinning Stevie Ray, after Hogan and UW had broken out of the cage.]] This monstrous idiocy DID lead to the great Goldberg-DDP match at Havoc, where they had to save the show after the disastrous Hogan-Warrior rematch (Hulk wanted UW to job for him in return for him jobbing for UW way back at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VI'').
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Goldberg didn't start using the spear until after his first two dozen or so matches, and some of his early matches were back and forth rather than the squashes he'd become famous for.
* EnforcedMethodActing: ''Completely'' by accident. In his Halloween Havoc '98 match with Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, at about the midpoint of the match, there was a spot where [=DDP=] was in the corner and Goldberg tried to spear him, only for Page to duck out the way and have Goldberg hit the steel post behind the turnbuckle. The problem was Goldberg ran all out and hit the post with his shoulder like a goddamn ''missile''! The result was a legitimately injured shoulder, leading to some memorable offence by [=DDP=] and the first genuine signs of vulnerability in Goldberg's career. The highlight of the match was a spot where Goldberg hit the Spear (aggravating the injury), and was meant to then lift up Page in the Jackhammer, which Page would counter with the Diamond Cutter and a near fall. But with a hurt shoulder, Goldberg ''couldn't lift him up!'' The crowd went ''insane'' at the idea that Goldberg couldn't apply his finisher and the thought that this might be the match he loses. He tried again and this time the counter spot went through, which combined was an accidental piece of WrestlingPsychology that couldn't have turned out any better if they planned it that way. The only problem was that Goldberg was so loopy from the hit by that point that he kicked out at the instant of "2" rather than a planned "2 9/10ths", but the overall result was by far the best critically received match in Goldberg's career.
** However many fans at home [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome did not see this match]] until later, because WCW went over the Pay Per View time limit and the broadcast was cut off mere seconds into it. By the time most fans saw this match they already knew Goldberg had won, and much of the emotional impact was lost.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Kicking out of Hugh Morrus' finishing move (the "No Laughing Matter" moonsault) in his first match.
* {{Expy}}: While most often denounced at the time as a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin copy due to his bald head and similar outfit, his squash-heavy style was much closer to that of 1980s ForeignWrestlingHeel Wrestling/NikitaKoloff.
* FaceHeelTurn: Had a very ill-advised one late in his WCW career thanks to the [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor typical]] booking of Wrestling/VinceRusso. Goldberg was the one last wrestler fans could count on to cheer for. When he shortly turned heel, WCW fans just gave up altogether and it was, in some respects, the final nail in the company's coffin.
** Quite literally eating Wrestling/ScottHall's contract certainly didn't help, either.
* FingerlessGloves
* FingerpokeOfDoom: The destruction of his drawing power was a side-effect of this incident.
* FinishingMove: The Spear followed by The Jackhammer.
* [[IKnowKarate I Know Sambo]]: According to the commentators. He actually knew some Sambo through looking martial arts tapes, but had no formal training.
** Goldberg currently owns a Muay Thai training center.
* ImplacableMan: This is his shtick, really. Generally, the worst parts of Goldberg's career are when he's doing anything else but this.
* InvincibleHero: Averted. Despite having all the trappings of an Invincible Hero, the fans mostly couldn't get enough of him.
** For the first year, anyway, when WCW still had a roster and tasers weren't yet conceived as wrestling moves...
** Not to mention that, after two years of Hulk Hogan and the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] making chumps of the entire WCW roster, Goldberg was a fresh face with an aura of invincibility. By this point, wrestling fans were dying for a person who could finally end Hogan's long-past-its-expiration-date title reign. He did, and for a short while, it was good.
* TheJuggernaut
* LargeHam
* LastNameBasis: Though referred to as Bill Goldberg on numerous occasions, he's mostly known by his last name alone.
* LightningBruiser: Agile enough to do a backflip ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1CQ5u2b12Q which he did against Hugh Morrus]], and in his title match against DDP), was also a pro football player, so he had explosive speed and power. Could lift [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] and Jackhammer him with one arm, and was able to tear a limo's glass with his bare hands, although it cut his flesh.
* MadeOfIron: Kicked out of a sledge hammer shot from Wrestling/TripleH, though the first time Triple H did this he did get a three count.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor
* MoneyDearBoy: He has made no secret of the fact that his involvement in wrestling is entirely dependent on how much money he makes from it.
** It's ironic since Goldberg is better known as a wrestler than as a football player.
* NoSell: Particularly memorable were his no sells to Wrestling/{{Glacier}} and Gillberg.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Halloween Havoc '98 match with DDP, largely thought to be the best of his career, wasn't seen by many fans because WCW's management was so inept at the time that the show ran over its time limit badly and the broadcast cut off. The match was shown recorded the following night on Nitro; well after fans knew the outcome and much of the emotional impact of the match (see EnforcedMethodActing above) was lost.
* OhCrap: Just hearing [[http://youtu.be/UNdjG2BX0go his music]] could have this effect on opponents.
* PetTheDog:
** He may have a mercenary attitude towards the wrestling business, but he's extremely devoted to charities, particularly the Make A Wish foundation.
** Also very nice to fans as long as they don't approach him when he's with his family.
** He's also a spokesman for the ASPCA, making this a literal case.
* RatedMForManly
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Wrestling/ChrisJericho feuded, and lost, with Goldberg only weeks after fighting with him backstage. It should be noted Jericho ''won'' that backstage fight by getting Goldberg in a front facelock (a fight-ender in real life) twice. Accounts vary on whether Goldberg had gotten out of it himself, Jericho had let him go, or whether other wrestlers broke it up, but at the bell, Jericho was definitely ahead on points.
* RealSongThemeTune: Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Crush 'Em" (as a tie-in with [=Goldberg=]'s appearance in the 1999 movie ''[[Film/UniversalSoldier Universal Soldier: The Return]]''. After the movie ran its course, he went back to his usual production theme.)
* RedBaron: '''DA MAN'''
* TheRival: Wrestling/{{Meng}}, DiamondDallasPage, HulkHogan, Sid Vicious, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, TripleH, [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
* RuleOfCool: His whole entrance, where they basically threw everything the set budget had. Includes a hefty dose of OminousFog and an OutOfTheInferno walk through a fireworks shower, where he would then [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments INHALE THE PYROTECHNICS SMOKE AND EXHALE IT LIKE A FRIGGIN' DRAGON!]]
* ScreamingWarrior: A Great moment, from the 2004 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'': ''[loud cobra hiss]'' "YOU SON OF A BITCH!"
* ShowyInvincibleHero
* SignatureMove: Canadian fans generally disliked him for a mule kick they claim ended Wrestling/BretHart's career. Also, a gorilla press slam in WWE with no controversy surrounding it.
* {{Sitcom}}: There's a clip of him in the opening credits sequence for ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle.''
* SoftGlass: Apparently, Goldberg was supposed to smash several limousine windows with a pipe concealed in his hand, and he lost the pipe. He decided to [[TooDumbToLive punch through the window with his bare hands]]. He [[RealityEnsues seriously injured himself]], and Goldberg was out of action for nearly six months.
* SquashMatch: What the majority of his matches in WCW were during his first streak.
* TakeThat: At ''WCW Fall Brawl 98'', Wrestling/ChrisJericho brought out a midget version and easily "defeated" him.
** On the January 11, 1999 [[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/uwa/wwf-lh.html WWF World Light Heavyweight Champion]] Duane Gill was reintroduced as "Gillberg," complete with similar mannerisms, guided entrance, his J.O.B. Squad stablemates Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie, [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]] and Wrestling/BobHolly holding little sparklers around his head as he choked on the smoke. Gillberg entered the ring and said, "Gillberg doesn't wanna know who's next - Gillberg wants to know WHO'S FIRST?" Wrestling/LunaVachon answered and promptly [[SquashMatch squashed]] Gillberg in 1:04.
* ThrowItIn: Almost his entire gimmick and storyline, according to EricBischoff. According to him, a meeting to decide his name ended with "Let's just call him Goldberg" and everyone rolling with it. His famous "Who's next?" came from a waitress who asked "Who's next" to pay their bill.
** His trademark spear came from an on-the-spot improvisation by Goldberg [[http://youtu.be/FUL6KfPP-Ks?t=4m8s in one of his early matches against Stevie Ray]]. The fans went absolutely nuts the second he hit it, and it was promptly made a signature move.
* UnderwearOfPower
* UnstoppableRage
* TheWorfEffect: Goldberg served as the Worf for Meng and Batista. None of them were actually able to beat him, but simply being able to beat up Goldberg a little was enough to get them over. Goldberg also sold for jobber-to-the-stars Jerry Flynn[[note]]Goldberg didn't like to sell for people he didn't think could hurt him in real life - despite being a jtts, Flynn was a 6'7" 275 lb karate blackbelt and definitely capable of making Goldberg 'sell'[[/note]], which was enough to get Flynn promoted to midcarder for a little while.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Goldberg on ''The Rise and Fall of WCW'', he originally wanted to be called "The Hybrid", but WCW refused because they realized that if they sold merchandise for him, there would be potential [[YouWannaGetSued copyright issues]] with ''certain automobiles who share the same name.'' Goldberg still insisted on that name, stating "I'll never make it that far." but was finally called Goldberg.
* WrestlingMonster: One of the more mundane examples but also one of the most famous. A very rare {{face}} example of one as well.
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