Bill Goldberg was WCW’s biggest homegrown star and one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1990s.
The former NFL player took WCW by storm with his 173 match winning streak that keep crowds on their feet and encouraged them to bring their own signs to arenas, counting his wins.
This culminated in his defeating Hulk Hogan for the WCW Championship, although his streak would not last forever. He eventually lost to Kevin Nash in a controversial match in which Scott Hall attacked Goldberg with a cattle prod.
Goldberg’s last match in WCW was a tag team match at WCW Sin in 2001. He teamed with DeWayne Bruce (Sgt Buddy Lee Parker), in a losing effort against “Totally Buff” (Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger). WCW would close down soon after, and despite a short run in WWE in the mid 2000s, he would soon leave wrestling with his last match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 20.
He would return to WWE in 2016, older but just as exciting and explosive. He would have a second spell in WWE where he would win the Universal Champion twice and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
His second run in WWE had some incredible matches against Brock Lesnar, but also some terrible ones like his match against the Undertaker. However, Goldberg’s last match in WWE, and of his career, was a horrible end to his career and confirmation that he should have retired when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018.
Goldberg’s last WWE match
Goldberg’s last match in WWE was against Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber 2022, for the Universal Championship on February 19 2022. The match took place in Saudi Arabia, and was the final match on Goldberg’s WWE contract that he signed in 2016.
The match was originally meant to take place at Wrestlemania 36. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Roman Reigns pulled out of the match because of his history suffering with leukaemia. Reigns was replaced by Braun Strowman in the match against Goldberg, which the Monster Among Men was victorious in.
Goldberg travelled to Saudi Arabia to try to win his third Universal Championship title from Roman Reigns.
He had previously defeated The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) for the championship in Saudi Arabia two years prior, and was aiming to make up for his disastrous match against The Undertaker by defeating Roman Reigns for his championship. He also defeated Kevin Owens at the 2017 Royal Rumble to win his first Universal Championship.
Unfortunately though, Goldberg’s last match ended in defeat for the former WCW Champion.
He lost to Roman Reigns in a decent match that last a little over six minutes. The 55 year old Goldberg did mount some offence on Roman Reigns, but was felled by two spears and eventually forced to pass out by Reigns Guillotine Choke hold.
Roman Reigns would take his defended Universal Championship all the way to Wrestlemania 38 to face The Beast Brock Lesnar. Lesnar was the last opponent Goldberg faced in his original WWE run, and the first in his second.
He defeated Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016 in an explosive match, but was defeated in the rematch at Wrestlemania 33.
Goldberg has since retired from wrestling after his last match against Roman Reigns and his current future plans are currently unknown.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
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