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Bill Goldberg

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Bill Goldberg

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Intro:


William Scott Goldberg was born on December 27, 1966, in Tulsa, OK. He went to school at the University of Georgia where he was an All-SEC and All-American Nose Guard. He was drafted by the Rams and went to the WLAF where his team the Sacramento Surge won the World Bowl. He was then signed by the Falcons where he played for 3 years before he suffered a torn abdominal muscle. He was drafted by the Panthers in the 95 expansion draft but couldn't play.

Wrestling Calls:


Living in Atlanta, he crossed paths with many of the superstars of WCW. While working out in a gym co-owned by Sting and Lex Luger, Sting convinced him to go to the WCW Power Plant training facility. His TV debut was on September 22, 1997, where he beat Hugh Morris. On the July 6, 1998, edition of Nitro, he beat Hulk Hogan for the WCW title in a match at the Georgia Dome which was the highest attended WCW event ever.

The Streak Comes to an End:


He would lose the title in December at Starrcade 98 in a match that was also his first loss as a professional wrestler. He spent the next year feuding with the New World Order. He then started a feud with Bret Hart and during their Starrcade 99 match kicked Bret in the head so hard that Bret suffered a career ending injury.

Injuries and the End of WCW:


Shortly after this match, Goldberg performed a stunt involving punching out the windows of a limo. He dropped the metal he had in his hand to break the first few windows and broke the last window bare handed. He suffered a cut that required 190 stitches to close. He was out for six months. When he came back, WCW was near its end and finally folded in the beginning of 2001.

WWE:


Goldberg made his WWE debut 2 years later. During his off, time he was still being paid by AOL Time Warner and used that time to further his own celebrity. He went on to become WWE champion by beating Triple H. His final match for WWE was at WrestleMania XX in a match the fans booed mercilessly because the fans knew it was the final match for both him and his opponent Brock Lesnar.

Hollywood Star:


Goldberg has become a star in Hollywood. He has starred in several movies and hosted shows on the History Channel, Spike TV, and Speed TV.

Title History:


WCW
World Title
7/6/98 Nitro - Hulk Hogan
Tag Team Title
12/7/99 - with Bret Hart beat Creative Control
U.S. Title
4/20/98 - Raven
10/24/99 Halloween Havoc - Sid

WWE
World Heavyweight Championship
9/21/03 Unforgiven - Triple H

(Sources: Pro Wrestling Illustrated Almanac & Bill Goldberg.com)

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