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Goldberg is a name that is synonymous with power, intensity, and dominance in the world of professional wrestling.
From his debut in the late 90s, Goldberg’s rise to superstardom was meteoric, and he became one of the most iconic and beloved figures in the industry.
One of the highlights of Goldberg’s illustrious career was his participation in several main event matches at WrestleMania, the biggest event in professional wrestling.
With his recent release from the WWE, it looks like his time for main eventing WrestleMania has come to an abrupt end. However, he had many great years at the top of the company, with some brilliant matches on The Grandest Stage Of Them All to show for it.
In this article, we’ll analyse every one of Goldberg’s WrestleMania matches, ranking them starting from the worst to the best.
WrestleMania XX – vs Brock Lesnar
There were two pretty bad matches to decide between to go on this bottom spot of Goldberg’s WrestleMania matches. However, based on how huge this bout was and how disappointing it turned out to be, Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg from WrestleMania has to take it.
This was somewhat of a dream match in WWE. Two hulking behemoths from WWE and WCW, clashing in a match nobody had ever seen before. It had all the makings to be an all-time great match.
However, word soon got out that both men were leaving the company straight after the bout. Goldberg was intent on retiring, although with some matches in Japan to tide him over. Meanwhile, Lesnar wanted to try his hand at making it in the NFL.
The match at WrestleMania XX wasn’t great, but was made infinitely worse by the crowd. They could not have cared less about the match, knowing that both men were leaving and it was ultimately pointless. They booed, jeered and even serenaded the duo with “Na na na na, heyyy, goodbye”.
Even special guest referee “Stone Cold” Steve Austin could not help save it. The match was a complete nothing match, with no interesting spots to speak of. Goldberg won the bout, but in the end, it was the fans watching who were the real losers.
WrestleMania 36 – vs Braun Strowman
At WrestleMania 36, Braun Strowman had a surprise match against WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg for the Universal Championship.
Originally, Strowman was not scheduled to compete in the match, as he was not even on the card. However, due to Roman Reigns’ withdrawal from the event , Strowman was inserted into the match as a replacement, making it his first WrestleMania singles match.
The match was a quick and brutal affair, lasting only a few minutes. Both Strowman and Goldberg used their signature power moves to try and gain the upper hand, but it was Strowman who ultimately came out on top, hitting Goldberg with four consecutive powerslams to secure the victory and the Universal Championship.
While the match itself may not have been the most technically sound or thrilling, it was certainly a significant moment for Strowman, who had been on the cusp of a major championship push for quite some time.
Winning the Universal Championship at WrestleMania, against a legend like Goldberg no less, was a huge accomplishment for the Monster Among Men and solidified his status as a top contender in the WWE.
WrestleMania 33 – vs Brock Lesnar
Avenging their terrible match 13 years prior, the WrestleMania 33 match between Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar is one of the greatest short matches in WWE history.
The build had not been great. Despite their fantastic match at Survivor Series the year prior, fans were not excited about the WrestleMania clash. Goldberg has spoiled the Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho feud, beating Owens for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble that year.
This match did not need the world title on the line, but it certainly made it feel important with the fantastic match that would follow. It lasted less than five minutes, but was fast-paced, all out action that didn’t let up.
The match ended with Lesnar winning the title with an F5, but it came in one of Goldberg’s best matches ever and a memorable WrestleMania bout that will be remembered for years to come.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.