(Sigh) What can I say about Goldberg's WWE debut? It was grand! The fans were salivating at the mouth for it and when he finally came out to confront The Rock the crowd erupted into a frenzy. And this lasted for all of one night.
March 31, 2003 should have been the beginning of something epic. The Rock, on his way out of the WWE, was ready and willing to past the torch to Goldberg. However, WWE did everything in there power to take away Goldberg's mystique.
By Week 2, Goldberg was in comedy segments with Goldust and of course, everyone remember's the wig incident. Not the greatest way to present a guy you are trying to peg as a bad ass. In WCW, Goldberg was booked to his strengths. Rarely talking, blowing smoke through his nose, spear, jack-hammer, bada bing! A star is born. Nothing else to it.
WWE writers, however, over-thought the hell out of Goldberg's character. They changed his tights, his music and made him work matches that went way longer and were far more complex than any of his WCW matches. And the Rock's charisma certainly did little to help Goldberg.
The thing about the Rock wrestling as a heel is that when he is paired with the right guy, i.e., Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, etc. everything works. Goldberg's wooden personality was not enough to overcome the Rock's personality, however.
In their match at Backlash, the fans began cheering for The Rock and cared less and less about Goldberg. Granted, this was probably inevitable anyway since The Rock, a WWE guy, was in there with Goldberg, a WCW guy.
Goldberg's initial debut was fantastic. The fans wanted him and chanted his name before he even came out.
Goldberg's wrestling legacy is in WCW. All of his career highs took place in WCW for much of the late 90's he was the face of that company.
On the flip side, his WWE career is an afterthought. It started out with promise but after a while, the WWE stopped caring and Goldberg himself stopped caring as evident in his final match with Brock Lesnar.