|Also Known As:||Bill Goldberg|
|Occupation:||Professional wrestler, actor|
|Medium:||Professional Wrestling, film, TV shows|
|Works:||300+ matches, films, TV series, autobiography (I'm Next: The Strange Journey of America's Most Unlikely Superhero)|
|On Fanlore:||Related pages|
Born William Scott Goldberg, Goldberg is a retired American professional wrestler, actor, football player and TV host. He is best known for his epic undefeated streak in World Championship Wrestling during 1997-1998. He is a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a former 2x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a former WCW World Tag Team Champion with Bret Hart, a former "World" Heavyweight Champion[note 1] and a former WWE Universal Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018.
Due to his bald head and outfit of basic black trunks and boots, he was originally viewed as a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin copy.[note 2] However, his wrestling style being so different from Austin's, and his destroying opponents with ease, got him over as his own entity. He grew to be so popular that it even carried over into promotions where he never wrestled.[note 3]
Minimal. There are only 9 stories on AO3, and he isn't a major character in any of them.
- He is a regular character in WCFL. He was picked #8 in the 1997 Rookie Draft.[note 4] He defeated Ken Shamrock for the WCFL WWF Heavyweight Title at WCFL WWF King of the Ring '98 on June 17, 1998 and lost it to Taz at WCFL WWF SummerSlam '98 on August 26th.
- He was inducted into The JWL Hall of Fame in 2012.
Judaism and Fandom
He is openly and proudly Jewish. He even considered calling himself "Mossad" before going with his own name. He was inducted into The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. An article about him in the October 7, 1998 The Tulsa Jewish Review included him saying that if he ever encountered anti-Semitism he'd "have them thrown out of the arena."
- In 2002, WWE recycled the former WCW World Heavyweight Title belt as a special title for Triple H after WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar committed himself to WWE SmackDown! as part of the roster split/brand extension.
- WCW boss Eric Bischoff had told Austin that a guy wearing black trunks and boots wasn't marketable.
- On an episode of TNA Impact building up to TNA Lockdown 2006 (April 23, 2006), Sting cut a promo in the ring announcing who were going to be his partners for the "Lethal Lockdown" match against Jarrett's Army (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and America's Most Wanted [Chris Harris and James Storm]). The crowd immediately began chanting "GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG!" (Sting's teammates turned out to be AJ Styles, Rhino and Ron "The Truth" Killings [WWE's R-Truth]).
- Test, best known for his time in WWE, was the #1 pick.