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Bill Goldberg's matches tell the story of a dominant force in sports entertainment



By Scott Fishman

In pro wrestling it's very hard to find a legit overnight success quite like Bill Goldberg was with WCW.

He proved to be a dominant force early on right from his first match on Nitro against Hugh Morris.

From there, Goldberg gained victory after victory. He hit triple digits of wins in a row and achieved one of the most prolific win streaks in the history of the business. That is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.

In less than a year the breakout star became United States and WCW heavyweight champions. His success and sudden impact on the industry is chronicled through WWE’s newest DVD release
"Goldberg: The Ultimate Collection".

It's hard to pinpoint one part of the Goldberg character fans latched on too. Maybe it was the intensity he came out with that viewers of WCW each week enjoyed. Or it could have been his music or entrance in general. How about his Spear and Jackhammer finisher? I say it's all of those things.

It became a matter of who would "The Man" go through this time. The rivalry he had with Steve "Mongo" McMichael was focused on their football backgrounds. The encounters with the member of the Four Horsemen showed the level of physicality Goldberg could reach.

I think Goldberg's growing popularity could really be felt during his U.S. title match with Raven, where "fans" threw Raven back into the ring went he tried to escape. The challenger ran through members of flock leading up to their leader and won the match in the end. This was only the beginning.

The weeks that followed brought even more success and probably the biggest collision in Nitro history from a sold out Georgia Dome during one summer night in 1998. He defeated Scott Hall and then dethroned NWO leader "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.

Goldberg had made history in so many ways. The electricity was off the charts. WCW didn't just create a superstar, but a phenomenon. This is why I was so frustrated when his streak came to an end by Kevin Nash and a Scott Hall cattle prod.

Looking back at the matches on the release, I would say I enjoyed his fights with Diamond Dallas Page from Halloween Havoc and Sting on Nitro the most. These were matches he had to work to win.

Sadly, his bout with William Regal, which was pretty physical and Glacier, where Goldberg does a back flip doesn't make the cut. What does is a great portrayal of the Goldberg era in WCW and later WWE through the matches he had.

His legend was felt in parodies like Gillberg and continues to live on WWE today. Every time Ryback comes out for Raw, SmackDown or pay-per-views fans chant the name of Goldberg.

He received one of the biggest reactions from the crowd in Los Angeles when WWE2K14 unveiled its roster for the "30 years of WrestleMania" mode during SummerSlam weekend. There is no telling if we’ve seen the last of the performer in a WWE ring.

He has accomplished more in a few years what few do their whole careers. There is nothing left to prove. Never say never in WWE. That said, if he doesn't, the new DVD is a nice way for fans to remember or find out about a fun moment in sports entertainment and pro wrestling history.




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