YMMV / Goldberg

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Or rather Canadians are still sore about his botched mule kick that ended Bret Hart's career. Bret himself doesn't actually blame Bill for what happened — Goldberg, to him, was a nice enough guy. Who he really blames is the WCW Power Plant for not teaching him how to pull his punches.
  • Awesome Music: "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.)
  • Base-Breaking Character: Badass unstoppable machine and biggest homegrown talent in WCW history? Or overhyped, painfully naive Creator's Pet who let his meteoric rise go to his head almost immediately?
    • This got turned Up to Eleven the moment he squashed big time IWC favorite Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship at Fastlane 2017. With his victory receiving a very mixed reception from what had been, up until that point, a very pro-Goldberg fanbase. Much of this stems from the perceived mindset that Goldberg didn't need the Universal Championship to begin with. And having a younger talent like Owens drop it to a part timer (and one who is well past his prime to be brutally honest) like Goldberg made no sense in the long run.
  • 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: His squashing of Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016 where he pinned Lensar in less than a minute and a half. For some it was a legitimately shocking moment that finally made Lesnar look vulnerable after months of booking where he was made to look invincible to the point fans were getting sick of it, while making Goldberg look like an absolute beast upon his return (not to mention that with how badly their first encounter went, few people wanted to see another long match from the two and this was the best way to do it). Others though are less than pleased with getting treated to a squash match after the massive amount of hype it garnered leading up to the PPV, and believe that the entire stunt echoes dangerously Antonio Inoki's infamous booking style and has unnecesarily damaged Lesnar's aura, specially considering a near 50-year-old man with 12 years worth of ring rust has been the one to end Lesnar's dominant reign instead of a younger up-and-comer.
  • Catharsis Factor: For those who are sick of Lesnar being booked as nigh-invincible, rarely losing and never losing cleanly Goldberg pinned him in about a minute after two spears and a Jackhammer.
  • Critical Backlash: Despite the Hype Backlash entry below, Goldberg wasn't as one-dimensional as his detractors would claim. While it's true that Goldberg was never one for matwork or high-spots, he at least tried to bust out new moves in his matches and while they weren't textbook perfect, they were effective nonetheless. And it's not like he injured Bret Hart on purpose.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Funny Moments: Headbutted a door on the January 23, 2017 episode of Raw on his way out of the locker room in an attempt to look more badass, but ended up busting his head open and dazing himself. Even funnier if you knew that CM Punk quit WWE in that exact same office. Maybe it's cursed?
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • His Jackhammer on The Giant, as detailed in the Awesome section.
    • Squashing Brock Lesnar.
  • Hype Backlash: Many newer fans, as well as those who were around but never cared for him to begin with are baffled at the thought that a guy with little desire for wrestling, little actual wrestling ability, no mic skills, a basic look that was barely short of ripping off another wrestler and no defined character could get so popular just by squashing everyone put in front of him. Case in point, WWE tried the same thing with Ryback, and fans were largely indifferent to him.
  • Internet Backdraft: He became the subject of a massive one following his curb stomp victory over IWC darling Kevin Owens, for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane 2017.
  • 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.
  • Mis-blamed: Critics have been hard on him in hindsight; pointing to his lack of ring skill and short matches. However, this was largely because he was rushed through the WCW power plant and hot-shotted to a main event level very quickly (He won the world title only ten months after his TV debut). Even Goldberg has admitted that he probably should have been in training longer, but once Bischoff set the plan in motion there was no turning back. Most of the people in the business usually say he was a great guy, but he got pushed beyond his ability and let it go to his head. But most of them blame Bischoff and the WCW brass for his shortcomings, especially since the WCW Power Plant has a reputation for having been a shitty training center.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Oh, that wacky Goldberg! Trying to murder people and stuff.
    • 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.
    • That one scene on Raw when Goldust puts a wig on Goldberg. Goldberg took it out immediately, but an image of it has been known to be used in endless debates on certain wrestling forums about everything that went wrong with his 200304 WWE run.
  • Old Shame:
    • Early in his career he was put into a match with William Regal that was supposed to go six minutes, then the longest match of his career, and arguably the absolute worst match of his career. The match exposed Goldberg's shortcomings, and he believes Regal set out to embarrass him out of jealousy and "took liberties" (hit him with real punches and kicks to hurt him). Regal insists that Goldberg froze up at the prospect of having to have a six-minute competitive match, and he had to try and carry Goldberg. When they got to the back Eric Bischoff was furious and Regal told him, "I can't hit myself."
    • Even Goldberg admits that it was pretty stupid to punch a limo window with his bare hands and that the subsequent injury is probably what derailed his career and killed his momentum, and any chance WCW had of building back up around him.
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Even though it only lasted a minute and Lesnar got almost no offense in, the Brock vs. Goldberg match at Survivor Series 2016 was still way better than their match at WrestleMania XX.
    • Their match at WrestleMania 33 was even better. It went for about five minutes this time, and the match was filled with nonstop action.
  • Xpac Heat:
    • He was originally beloved during his triumphant return to WWE in 2016, with his subsequent thrashings against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016, and Royal Rumble 2017 endearing him to the crowd more than ever before. Than came Fastlane 2017, where he delivered the same treatment to major Ensemble Darkhorse Kevin Owens. From that moment onwards whatever fan support he'd garnered all but vanished. As his victory over Owens drew a very noticeable mixed reaction from the live crowd. It got so bad that fans actually cheered for Brock Lesnar (the same man they wanted to see Goldberg demolish just a few months ago) over him at Wrestlemania 33.
    • The fans dissension towards him was all but cemented the following Raw after Wrestlemania. Where Brock Lesnar received a hero's ovation for vanquishing him the previous night. And when Paul Heyman announced in a heel promo that they shouldn't expect to see Goldberg anytime soon, this was received with cheers instead of the expected boos.
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