Former pro football player and WCW star Goldberg was named as the first inductee of the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class. He will be formally inducted on Apri. 6 – two days before WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.
When the news came out, some folks were probably wondering who could possibly be the one to induct him. Goldberg didn’t have a manager, spent his career as a singles competitor and didn’t seem to maintain any close friendships with his fellow superstars.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), manager Paul Heyman will be the one who inducts Goldberg into the Hall.
From his return in late 2016 to a final match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33, Goldberg confronted Heyman with some excellent promos. It is only fitting that Heyman – who had to bash Goldberg before matches against his client – will be the one to induct the former Universal Champion.
After a brief career in the NFL, Goldberg turned towards a career in wrestling. He joined WCW in 1997, and became one of the company’s first homegrown stars. Goldberg quickly got over with the crowd – despite limited in-ring ability and often quickly squashing his opponents in lackluster matches.
Goldberg posted a documented 173-0 undefeated streak that didn’t end until he lost to Kevin Nash at Starrcade 1998. The former WCW World Heavyweight Champion joined the WWE after Ted Turner’s company faltered and was bought out by Vince McMahon.
In his first run with the WWE, Goldberg feuded with top stars like Triple H and Brock Lesnar. But his original run with WWE ended at WrestleMania XX – in a forgettable match against Lesnar. Both men were booed and heckled by the fans, as both were set to leave WWE after the fight.
But Goldberg got redemption by rejoining WWE last year, squashing Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016 and winning the Universal Championship. Given all of his contributions to the wrestling world, his induction into the Hall of Fame is well-deserved – even if his run with the WWE wasn’t as great as the one in WCW.
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