As WrestleMania 34 gets closer, so does the WWE Hall of Fame. It is one of the most special nights in wrestling as those who helped shape the business are honored. Headlining the 2018 class is none other Bill Goldberg.
So, for the next several weeks, we will take a look at the greatest moments of the men and women entering the hallowed halls. First up, Goldberg.
Goldberg arrived on the scene and nobody thought much at first. He looked similar to Steve Austin, with the bald head, goatee and black tights. There was no video hyping his debut and he simply wrestled Hugh Morris in his debut to score his first win within several minutes. It could have been a fluke, so there was a rematch with the same outcome. Goldberg did this many times over, with WCW claiming his undefeated steak was around 170 something wins. Many have disputed this number, but Goldberg did have one of longest undefeated streaks in recent memory and probably the longest in WCW history.
Pining Hulk Hogan
There was no doubt WCW wanted to make Goldberg one of their top stars. He already held the United States Championship and with WCW worried about ratings, they booked him against WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. On a free episode of Nitro, Goldberg defeated Scott Hall and then turned his sights on Hogan. Once Goldberg hit the spear on Hogan, the crowd went ballistic as they knew what was next. The jackhammer kept Hogan’s shoulder’s down for the three count and Goldberg was in possession of both titles. When Goldberg lifted Hogan for the jackhammer, it had to be one of the loudest pops in WCW history. The only negative here is that WCW just wanted to win the ratings war for the week, when they should have been worried about booking this match a few months later on their top pay per view. They gave away their biggest match for free; when fans would have willingly paid the pay per view price.
WCW was out of options and Vince McMahon swooped in to purchase the dying promotion. Some names would join WWE right away while others waited for their original contracts to expire. Goldberg was injured at the time of the sale and he would join WWE about a year later. We learned that Goldberg was coming and he debuted the night after WrestleMania 19, interrupting The Rock; who was preparing to leave as he defeated Steve Austin at WrestleMania and felt there was nothing left to accomplish. Out came Goldberg, who hit the spear and left. He would pin The Rock weeks later and spent the next year challenging for the Heavyweight Championship. He wold win the title towards the end of his run and leave WWE after WrestleMania XX. It was not the run many envisioned for Goldberg.
Ever since Goldberg left WWE, there had been talk of him returning for about 13 years. Considering how he left WWE on bad terms, not many thought a return was in the works. Rumors began circulating of Goldberg returning to take on Brock Lesnar and they were true. Goldberg returned and the fans embraced him back with welcome arms. We all figured he was going to be fed to Lesnar, but we were all fooled. Goldberg squashed Lesnar at Survivor Series in about 90 seconds and would stick around for a few more months. He again took care of Lesnar during the Royal Rumble match and captured the Universal Championship about a month before WrestleMania from Kevin Owens. It was then time for Goldberg to do the job, as Lesnar became the first person to cleanly pin him. Unlike Goldberg’s first run with WWE, the second one went much smoother. It was the proper ending to a somewhat strange tale and now we top it off with a hall of fame induction.