As many of you may know, I am a Peep and for those of you who don't know what that is, I am Christian's number 1 fan (open to dispute). However, there has always been one wrestler who, upon hearing his iconic entrance music, made me get up onto my feet and start chanting his name in unison with the crowd. Who is it you ask? The one and only Bill Goldberg.
When Goldberg made his WCW debut back in 22nd September 1997, none of us knew that he was going to become one of the biggest stars in WCW history. Me personally, saw a rookie with amazing strength who had just decimated a well-regarded worker (Hugh Morris).
The weeks went by and Goldberg kept on winning, introducing his devastating spear-jackhammer finisher combination.
He ploughed through the competition winning the United State Championship from Raven and then there was only one thing left for him to do: become the Heavyweight Champion of the World and he did just that, beating the iconic Hulk Hogan.
This match may not have been the best technical bout but in terms of atmosphere, intensity and just having that special aura, it is one of the best matches that I have ever witnessed. To see a sold-out Georgia Dome, with everyone chanting "GOLDBERG!! GOLDBERG!!" before, during and after the match was just a spectacle.
Disappointingly, this was the only time that Goldberg did indeed win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and when the WWE brought out WCW, they decided not to renew Goldberg's contract.
Back then, I thought I would never see Goldberg in a ring again until during Wrestle-mania 19 a promo came on stating that after a two-year hiatus, Goldberg was returning. The next night, he did return and faced off against The Rock beating him successfully at Backlash 2003.
Goldberg continued to beat the competition until there was one man remaining: HHH. This lead to the Elimination Chamber match-up at Summerslam 2003 and in my opinion, the WWE really missed out on an opportunity there as it was that night that the WCW Goldberg came back but HHH (no surprise there) won.
Goldberg did win the Worlds Heavyweight Championship at the next PPV but after two months, big-nose...I mean HHH was champion again.
In his final real feud, he would face off against Brock Lesner, a fight on paper that looked like a dream match up but was in fact a let down, not least because these two wrestlers were both leaving the E and this prompted the crowd to turn on them and to be shown the door via two Stone Cold Stunners.
So I come back to my original question: Will we ever hear "Who's Next" again? The simple answer is a no. The main reasons are that Goldberg hates Vince McMahon and truth be told, the only reason that Goldberg came back in the first place was for us, the fans.
I wont even mention TNA because unless they give their homegrown talent like Samoa Joe (the old one), AJ Styles and the fantastic Christopher Daniels a chance to be the face of TNA, they are a sinking ship.
Goldberg will always be remembered to me as the most enigmatic, intense wrestler I have ever seen. He had the ability to get an entire crowd behing him as soon as the famous music hit but it seems that Youtube is the only place that I will get to see him in action in the near future.
If only he could come back and spear John Cena in half, if only...
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