Bill Goldberg’s undefeated streak in the WCW was one of the most prolific and memorable moments in wrestling history.
During the second half of the 1990’s, the baddest wrestler on the planet was Bill Goldberg. Sure, that name might not sound intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the guy; it might sound like your accountant. However, Bill Goldberg was undeniably the most intimidating powerhouse in all of professional wrestling for a couple of years.
Goldberg made his official WCW debut in September of 1997, defeating Hugh Morris during a taping of Monday Night Nitro. From there on out, he would go on to win a multitude of championships and earn a win-loss record of 173-0 (a number that many believe to be falsified and inflated, but the fact remains that he was undefeated for over a year).
Today’s episode of The High Risk Maneuver focuses on Goldberg’s impressive win streak, and more important, how it came to an end. You may notice the ash tray in the bottom right corner of the frame. The show isn’t called “HIGH Risk Maneuver” for nothing; sometimes I like to enhance my though process a bit more, and really expound upon thoughts and ideas. I can speak from experience, cannabis and wrestling is an incredible pair.
Of course, like all good things, Goldberg’s steak came to an end. It happened at Starrcade 1998, when he faced off against Kevin Nash of the New World Order. The NWO were a group of villains, led by Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who would cheat, lie, and do anything they could to win. On this particular evening, it took a planned interference by Scott Hall, another NWO member, and a cattle prod to take down the mighty Goldberg. Once Hall hit him with the electrical weapon, it was an easy victory for Nash.
Goldberg’s streak was arguably the high point for the WCW, who had long been second-fiddle to the WWF. With Goldberg, and the NWO as well, they had suddenly taken over control of the Monday night ratings war. However, once the streak ended, the product began to suffer. Within three years, the entire company had folded and been bought by their competition. It’s a tricky situation, because the streak had to come to an end at some point; it would have lost momentum had they not concluded it. On the other hand, it was the hottest attraction, debatably in wrestling history, and tough to follow up.
Regardless of the after-effects, the streak was awesome and Goldberg was awesome. End of story.
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