One of the biggest stars in WCW during the Monday Night Wars was undoubtedly the monster known as Goldberg. He debuted with an incredible undefeated streak and became one of the few people to cleanly beat Hulk Hogan in WCW history, and if not for the poor decision-making of those in charge, was well-prepared to carry the company into the new millenium. When WCW inevitably fell apart, Goldberg remained one of the most notable mainstream stars of pro wrestling. This eventually led to a WWE contract, one filled with missed opportunities and disappointment, which ended in one of the more bizarre matches ever seen. Twelve years later, Goldberg made a shocking return, declaring that he still had one more match left in him. So, for those who might not have been around the last time Goldberg prowled the squared circle, here’s a detailed look at the incredible career of The Man.
A Start In Football
Quite frankly, Bill Goldberg is exactly the type of athlete who ends up as a professional wrestler. He was a decent college football player who got drafted by the NFL in the later rounds, then struggled to earn a starting position. He bounced around between the NFL and the CFL for a few years, suffered a massive injury that made him a risky prospect for any team, and finally, after failing to catch on with the expansion Carolina Panthers, retired from the sport. While his injury may have kept him off the gridiron, however, it didn’t prevent him from wrestling, and after a chance meeting with Lex Luger and Sting while working out, he signed with WCW and began training at their developmental program, also known as the “Power Plant”.