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William Scott (Bill) Goldberg (born December 27, 1966 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former football star turned wrestler, often promoted simply as Goldberg. Until recently, he was in the WWE on Monday Night Raw.
He played college football at the University of Georgia, and then played pro football with the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams, and then was signed by the Carolina Panthers, until his football career was ended by an abdominal injury, when he tore all his abdominal muscles from his pelvis, and had them surgically reattached.
World Championship Wrestling
Goldberg became a wrestler, training in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Power Plant wrestling school and entered the ring professionally on September 22, 1997. He then started on the path of what made him a wrestling superstar, his undefeated winning streak. WCW kayfabe said that he had one hundred and seventy-four wins before wrestler Kevin Nash handed him his first loss. The count of 174 wins came from a record of televised matches and pay-per-views.
He became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion on July 6, 1998 when he defeated the at the time nWo leader, Hollywood Hogan. He would hold the title until wrestler Kevin Nash handed him his first loss in the WCW on December 27, 1998. Goldberg's streak was booked so that it took wrestler Scott Hall getting involved with a tazer gun for Kevin Nash to win.
He would become a second time holder of the WCW US Championship on October 24, 1999 but would be defeated by Bret Hart the next day, losing the title. Amazingly enough, he would later team with Bret Hart to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship on December 7, 1999. They would hold the title for only a week, losing the titles to The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall).
Goldberg suffered only six official losses in his WCW career in singles matches. Three of those losses were against Bret "Hitman" Hart. Including an un-official loss when Bret made his own three count, which makes 4 losses.
Due to the fact that Goldberg was signed through Time Warner instead of directly with World Championship Wrestling, when the WWF had purchased WCW, the WWF did not get Goldberg's contract with the purchase. At the time, the WWF chose not to buy out Goldberg's contract.
Goldberg would travel the independent wrestling circuit after his run in the WCW. He would make his biggest splash in Japan, becoming one of the biggest pulls in the country. This would finally prompt the WWE to sign Goldberg.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Goldberg would make his WWE debut on RAW, immediately following the 2003 WrestleMania (WrestleMania XIX), on March 31, 2003. He immediately started a feud with The Rock, which culminated at the 2003 Backlash PPV event. He won the match, which became his first win in WWE. Bill Goldberg was booed during his match against The Rock at Backlash despite the fact that most of the fans did not open their mouth. Actually, the WWE use loudspeakers and put a few people in the crowd to boo Goldberg. But, at the end of the match it became obvious that Bill was the favourite by the ovation he received when he pinned The Rock for the 3 count. His first win on RAW would be defeating Christian inside a 15-foot high steel cage.
During the 2004 Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar came out and eliminated Goldberg from the actual Rumble. Of course, this made Goldberg mad, as at the time he was once again shooting for the World Heavyweight Title. However, thanks to Lesnar, this chance was now gone. This led to Goldberg appearing at the No Way Out PPV the following month (February 15, 2004), as an "official audience member."
He would be taunted by Brock Lesnar and approached the ring. He would proceed to give Lesner a Jackhammer and via orders from Paul Heyman, at the time SmackDown!'s General Manager, Goldberg was promptly arrested by security and escorted from the building. He would come back during the WWE Championship Title Match later in the night and caused Lesnar to lose the match to Eddie Guerrero. This led into a match to play out at Wrestlemania XX.
The match at WrestleMania XX featured Goldberg taking on Brock Lesnar with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the match's special guest referee. The match would end with Goldberg winning, but he and Brock Lesnar would both receive a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin. This was Goldberg's last match in WWE, as his contract ran out immediately following Wrestlemania.
Reportedly, Goldberg will continue his wrestling career in Japan, where he remains a major draw.
With aspirations to do work in film, Goldberg has two movies that are both due out in 2005. The first film of the two, Santa's Slay, is due to be released soon. The second is an Adam Sandler movie by the name of The Longest Yard, in which he co-stars with other wrestlers Kevin Nash and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Neither of these two movies are his first movies, as he has starred in others. See below for more information about the movies Goldberg has starred in.
World Championship Wrestling
- April 20, 1998 – WCW United States Title (1)
- Defeated Raven - Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Vacated on July 6, 1998 after winning World title
- July 6, 1998 – WCW World Heavyweight Title
- Defeated Hulk Hogan - Atlanta, Georgia
- Lost to Kevin Nash on December 27, 1998
- October 24, 1999 – WCW United States Title (2)
- Defeated Sid Vicious - Las Vegas, Nevada
- Lost to Bret Hart on October 25, 1999
- December 7, 1999 – WCW Tag Team Title
- Teamed with Bret Hart
- Defeated Creative Control - Madison, Wisconsin
- Lost to the Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) on December 13, 1999
World Wrestling Entertainment
- September 21, 2003 – WWE RAW World Heavyweight Title
- Defeated Triple H - Hershey, Pennsylvania
- Lost to Triple H on December 14, 2003
Movies and television
Goldberg has starred in several movies:
- His first role was in The Jesse Ventura Story and it was followed by an appearance in Universal Soldier: The Return. Both movies were released in 1999.
- His next movie was in 2000 in the WCW movie, Ready to Rumble , in which he would play himself.
- During his time in the WWE, he would star in the 2003 Warner Brothers movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
- He has a brand new movie coming, that is due to be released in (2005). The name of the movie is Santa's Slay.
- He also has a role in the upcoming Adam Sandler movie by the name of The Longest Yard, in which he co-stars with other wrestlers Kevin Nash and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
- In his first television role, he has a show on the History Channel called AutoManiac (but Goldberg calls it "Inside the Ride" in an interview). To quote Goldberg from an interview he did: "It’s a 30-minute show with 13-episodes, talking about the history of automobiles and motorcycles, and what’s their historical perspective. The first (episode) that we shot was, mob cars. We’ve also shot police cars and extreme bikes." It is unknown when this show will debut.
Trademark moves and sayings
His favorite catch phrase is “Who’s Next?” or “You’re Next!” He also recently used “Believe the Hype” coming into the 2003 Unforgiven PPV Event.
He leads with the Spear. He waits on the opposite side of the ring, waiting for his opponent to get up and turn around. When they do, he charges at them like a linebacker in football, tackling them to the ground. Then, in a move called the Jackhammer, after doing the Spear, he picks his opponent up over his head, legs up in the air, then slamming them to the ground, covering immediately for the pin. Very rarely has anyone kicked out of a pin following this combo of moves.
- He used to be a bouncer. It is unknown where this was however.
- He was the first man to simultaneously hold the WCW United States and World Heavyweight Championships. However, the United States Championship was vacated immedately afterwards.
- Goldberg steadfastly kept his real last name as his wrestling moniker against the advice of many. Goldberg has stated that he does so as a show of pride in his Jewish ancestry. Ironically enough, he would later star in a movie, Santa's Slay where he plays a murderous Santa Claus.
- His character was criticized by some (including Vince McMahon) as being a copy of that of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Despite character history and storylines being different to the extreme, the aforementioned similarities include both men wearing short black tights, sporting bald heads and goatees, using similar wrestling styles, and uttering similar catchphrases. However, Eric Bischoff has stated that his character was created to mock Ken Shamrock when he was in the WWF.
- Many Internet wrestling fans consider Goldberg to be the one responsible for the ending of Bret Hart's career, although Goldberg and Bret Hart are not feuding in real life and have become friends in recent years. Goldberg had delivered a mule kick to Bret Hart while in WCW, and the injuries Bret suffered due to this kick essentially put an end to his career although Hart had a concussion going into the match.
- Regards WCW wrestler Meng as the real-life toughest guy he's met.
- http://www.billgoldberg.com – The Official Bill Goldberg website
- http://www.billgoldberg.net – A popular fansite/message board dedicated to Bill Goldberg
- http://www.billgoldberg.com/new/latestnews10.29.04.htm – An interview with Goldberg done by former WCW MAGAZINE editor Ross Forman
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