Bill Goldberg was one of the most fascinating stories in the history of WCW. A former NFL player, Goldberg debuted in 1997 and became the hottest entity in the promotion. While the company was full of stars from the 80s and early 90s in the upper card, Goldberg was the first new star to break the glass ceiling. The formula was simple. Goldberg would have an intense entrance of slowly walking to the ring through pyros, dominate short matches with powerful moves and, of course, always win with ease. Goldberg would remain undefeated for a year and a half with a win-loss record of 173-0, known simply as “The Streak.
The Streak became a monster in pro wrestling. Through the years, many promotions have tried introducing many wrestlers with long unbeaten records but very few get over and none got over to the extent of Goldberg. Fans believed he was truly unbeatable and a larger than life character, like a superhero or action movie star. Unfortunately, the ending of his streak was ultimately the ending of his magic as a top act in WCW. Kevin Nash defeated Goldberg at Starrcade 1998 to vanquish the undefeated record and become the new WCW Champion.
Nash was very popular at the time and a worthy main event act in his own right, but he was absolutely the wrong person to end the streak. Whoever first defeated Goldberg needed to become a bigger star because of it or set up a huge money making program in the aftermath. Neither happened and it was among the first series of events that started to cause the WCW ship to completely sink. The WCW roster was one of the greatest in professional wrestling history with many better options than Kevin Nash. These are the 10 best alternatives that should have ended Goldberg’s undefeated streak.
8 Chris Benoit
7 Bret Hart
6 Hulk Hogan
5 Scott Steiner
4 Chris Jericho
3 Diamond Dallas Page
2 Booker T
1 Rey Mysterio
Sometimes in wrestling, you have to throw logic out of the window. Some of the greatest moments featured undersized underdogs beating the giant forces of nature. The most terrible thing about WCW is that they were never progressive, they never looked to the future and they never took the risks with upside. Rey Mysterio was arguably the best in ring performer in WCW and was a wrestler for the future. WWE went on to make huge money from his talent and he inspired many stars making it today. Imagine if WCW decided to put their stereotypes and egos aside and went with what would have been the greatest underdog story in wrestling history. The risk you’re afraid of can be greater than the terrible familiarity you’re used to.
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