Wrestling / Goldberg

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The destroyer of 173note  wrestlers in a row!
"WHO'S NEXT?!"

Bill Goldberg was one of the most popular professional wrestler in WCW during the Monday Night Wars.

Goldberg became famous for having the longest winning streak ("The Streak" as it was known) in WCW history, having won 173 consecutive matches, and in the process, winning the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, and later, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship before the streak came to an end at Starrcade 1998; he also became infamous for being the man responsible for retiring Bret Hart, 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 The Other Wiki.

"THESE TROPES ARE NEXT!":

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Played with. Goldberg hasn't wrestled since 2004 and seemed uninterested in returning to the ring until an interview in 2015 where he expressed interest in wrestling one final match so his son could watch. On June 7, 2015 at the Legends of Wrestling show in New York, while not scheduled to wrestle at the event, Goldberg would come to the aid of Rob Van Dam after his match with Scott Steiner, and hit both of his finishing moves on Steiner and Doc Gallows. He's also gone back and forth on this claim, and since he and WWE weren't on very good terms, it seemed a bit unlikely that he'll return. Until he was announced as the Pre-Order Bonus for WWE 2K17, the same deal that led to both Ultimate Warrior and Sting burying the hatchet with WWE.
  • Badass Beard: A multicolored beard of brown and grey.
  • Badass Israeli: Not Israeli, but proudly and openly Jewish. He even considered calling himself Mossad before going with his own name.
  • Finishing Move: The Spear followed by the Jackhammer (suplex powerslam).
  • I Know Karate: According to the commentators, he knew Sambo. He actually knew some Sambo through looking martial arts tapes, but had no formal training. For what is worth, Goldberg currently owns a Muay Thai training center.
  • Implacable Man: This is his shtick, really. Generally, the worst parts of Goldberg's career are when he's doing anything else but this.
  • Jobber Entrance: How he started on WCW, though in a subversion of expectations, he won and kept on winning.
  • Last Name Basis: Though referred to as Bill Goldberg on numerous occasions, he's mostly known by his last name alone.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Agile enough to do a backflip (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 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.
  • Made of Iron: Kicked out of a sledge hammer shot from Triple H, though the first time Triple H did this he did get a three count, probably because at that moment Goldberg was running towards him for a Spear.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Zig-zagged. He's nice to fans as long as you don't bother him while he's with his family. But was said to be an asshole backstage, particularly in WWE.
  • No Sell: Particularly memorable were his no sells to Glacier and, when The Rock brought him out to mock Goldberg, Gillberg.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Halloween Havoc 1998 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 recorded match was shown the following night on Nitro, but that was well after fans knew the outcome, so much of the emotional impact of the match (see Enforced Method Acting on the Trivia page) was lost.
  • Oh Crap!: Just hearing his music could have this effect on opponents.
  • Pet the Dog: He may have a mercenary attitude towards the wrestling business, but he's extremely devoted to charities, particularly the Make A Wish foundation. He's 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.
  • Rated M for Manly: Without any single shred of doubt. It's the one thing, according to some fans, that separates Goldberg from the likes of other wrestlers with a similar build or physique— Goldberg's aura of intensity and savagery makes his invincibility more believable.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Chris Jericho feuded, and lost, with Goldberg only weeks after fighting with him backstage. It should be noted that, by all accounts, 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.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Megadeth's "Crush 'Em" (as a tie-in with Goldberg's appearance in the 1999 movie Universal Soldier: The Return. After the movie ran its course, he went back to his usual production theme.)
  • The Rival: Meng, Diamond Dallas Page, Hulk Hogan, Sid Vicious, Sting, The Rock, Triple H.
  • Rule of Cool: His whole entrance, where they basically threw everything the set budget had. Includes a hefty dose of Ominous Fog and an Out of the Inferno walk through a fireworks shower, where he would then INHALE THE PYROTECHNICS SMOKE AND EXHALE IT LIKE A FRIGGIN' DRAGON!
  • Screaming Warrior: A great moment, from the 2004 Royal Rumble: [loud cobra hiss] "YOU SON OF A BITCH!"
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Part of Goldberg's appeal was watching his matches to see what moves he'd come up with to hurt the poor sap stuck in the ring with him this time. Despite having all the trappings of an Invincible Hero, the fans mostly couldn't get enough of him, for the first year, anyway. And after two years of Hulk Hogan and the 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 title reign. He did, and for a short while, it was good.
  • Signature Move: Canadian fans generally disliked him for a mule kick they claim ended Bret Hart's career. Also, a gorilla press transitioned into either an Oklahoma slam or spinebuster in WWE with no controversy surrounding it.
  • Sitcom: There's a clip of him in the opening credits sequence for Malcolm in the Middle.
  • Soft Glass: Apparently, Goldberg was supposed to smash several limousine windows with a pipe concealed in his hand, and he lost the pipe. He decided to punch through the window with his bare hands. He seriously injured himself, and Goldberg was out of action for nearly six months.
  • Squash Match: What the majority of his matches in WCW were during his first streak.
  • Take That:
    • At WCW Fall Brawl 1998, Chris Jericho brought out a midget version and easily "defeated" him.
    • On the January 11, 1999 Raw, WWF World Light Heavyweight Champion Duane Gill was reintroduced as "Gillberg," complete with similar mannerisms, guided entrance, his J.O.B. Squad stablemates The Blue Meanie, 2 Cold Scorpio and Bob Holly 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?" Luna Vachon answered and promptly squashed Gillberg in 1:04.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tended to induce this in his opponents. For example, Van Hammer once hit Goldberg with an Alabama Slam, and instead of following up, decided to climb up on the turnbuckle to celebrate, not only giving Goldberg time to recover but enough distance to hit the Spear.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Is a big, muscular tough dude with a high-pitched, nasal voice.
  • The Worf Effect: 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  which was enough to get Flynn promoted to midcarder for a little while.
  • Wrestling Monster: One of the more mundane examples but also one of the most famous. A very rare face example of one as well.

Alternative Title(s): Bill Goldberg

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