YMMV: Goldberg

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Or rather Canadians are still sore about his botched mule kick that ended Bret Hart's career.
  • Base Breaker: Badass unstoppable machine who deserved a push? Or overhyped Creator's Pet who doesn't know a wristlock from a wrist watch?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Goldberg came out for a PPV match against Perry Saturn having apparently not shaved his head for several days. Whether it was testing out a new look or just Goldberg choosing not to shave for whatever reason, he was back on Nitro the next day bald as usual.
  • Broken Base: That one scene on Raw when Goldust puts a wig on Goldberg has been known to cause endless debates on certain wrestling forums.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Started his career this way. In his TV debut on the September 22, 1997 Nitro, he defeated "The Laughing Man" Hugh Morrus, becoming the first man to kick out of Morrus' No Laughing Matter moonsault.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome/Leitmotif: "Invasion", the piece of production music that served as Goldberg's WCW theme; when his theme switched over to a song by Megadeth, fans considered it a step down. (His WWE theme, while sounding remarkably like "Invasion", is considered inferior to the original.)
  • Designated Villain: In 2000 WCW tried turning him heel as part of Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo's New Blood crew in their feud against the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash. Except this was terrible short-lived because there was NO WAY people were gonna start booing Goldberg in favor of the very same guys who spearheaded the nWo.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Completely by accident. In his Halloween Havoc '98 match with Diamond Dallas Page, 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 - according to DDP himself, he didn't want to miss the spear to begin with - 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 successfully hit the Spear - but this both aggravated the previous injury and knocked Goldberg silly because he'd overestimated how much fight DDP would put up, causing his head to hit the mat first. The plan was for Goldberg to 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 Wrestling Psychology 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.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The first time Goldberg took a sledgehammer shot from Triple H, he went down for a 3; but he kicked out the next time it happened. Makes a lot of sense, when you remember the first one happened as he tried to spear Triple H.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: His Jackhammer on The Giant, as detailed in the Awesome section.
  • Memetic Badass: "Goldberg's security is actually not to protect him, but to protect everyone else from him" is just one of many jokes about his unreal power.
  • Never Live It Down: His backstage fight with Chris Jericho, to the point where it's become sort of an Old Shame to Jericho, as both men would like to put the ordeal behind them.
  • Older Than They Think: He may have been the one to name the Jackhammer, but he didn't invent it. The earliest example of it could be found in the Athol Foleynote  v. Wendi Richter match from Stampede Wrestling in June 1983. Jaguar Yokota used it on Lioness Asuka during their match on August 22, 1985. Dean Malenko used it on Gedo during their match at the Super J Cup 1994.