6 Superstars who beat Goldberg
Goldberg will always be remembered as one of the most dominant Superstars to ever set foot inside the squared circle. His unprecedented 173-0 undefeated streak in WCW is unmatched and may never be surpassed. But even he took a few losses now and then.
In the interest of full disclosure, only one man ever beat Goldberg without the aid of outside interference in some form. And although the former Universal Champion has been on the losing side in tag team contests, WWE.com was more interested in discovering the grapplers who defeated him in singles competition. Assisted victories or not, a win is a win, and only six Superstars hold the distinction of pinning Goldberg.
Goldberg’s unprecedented undefeated streak stood firm at 173-0 as he entered Starrcade 1998 with the WCW Championship. He had defeated nearly everyone in the locker room, and WCW’s biggest event of the year pitted him against nWo Wolfpac leader Kevin Nash. Big Sexy earned the opportunity by winning the 3-ring, 60-man battle royal known as World War 3. Certainly, the odds were in Goldberg’s favor. The Wolfpac weren’t like the nWo Hollywood and thus, wouldn’t interfere. However, WCW fans were utterly shocked when Nash’s former tag team partner – and nemesis at the time – Scott Hall, dressed as a security guard, used a taser to knock the champion out. As a result, Nash was able to powerbomb Goldberg and become the Superstar that ended Goldberg’s streak.
One of Goldberg’s most intense rivalries during his WCW tenure was with Bret “Hit Man” Hart. In 1999, the pair squared off numerous times and even formed an uneasy alliance, capturing the WCW Tag Team Championship. However, when they battled in singles competition, Hart was victorious on three occasions. In their first battle for the U.S. Title on Oct. 25, 1999, the WWE Hall of Famer was successful, thanks to an assist from Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sid Vicious. At Starrcade 1999, Hart defeated Goldberg to retain the WCW World Title with help from Roddy Piper, who called for the bell while Goldberg was locked in The Sharpshooter. Though Hart vacated the title, a rematch the next night on Nitro once again saw Hart victorious because of interference from Nash, Hall and Jeff Jarrett, who then announced the reformation of the nWo.
At the start of the July 24, 2000 episode of Monday Nitro, Goldberg challenged WCW Champion Booker T to a match. He ended up getting two. Frankly, the circumstances surrounding their mini-saga were kind of confusing — the entire affair involved Goldberg stealing a title opportunity from Sting, Ernest “The Cat” Miller looking to take down Goldberg, Jeff Jarrett wanting the WCW Title back and Goldberg tossing Booker T’s brother, Stevie Ray, through a window. Hence, the match. The first encounter ended abruptly after Stevie Ray threw in the towel when his brother was locked in a submission. But, because Booker didn’t quit, he kept the title, leading to the second match. There, both Jarrett and The Cat attacked Goldberg, ultimately allowing Booker T to execute his patented Book End for the victory. WCW, man. What a time.
During Goldberg’s unprecedented 173-0 undefeated streak, one of his victories came against Scott Steiner. A few years later, at Fall Brawl 2000, the two physically imposing competitors would battle once again. Their No Disqualification Match quickly degraded into a physical, all-out brawl. On two occasions during the match, Goldberg broke free of the Steiner Recliner — a near-impossible feat for anyone. As the battle raged and Goldberg was on the verge of victory, WCW President Vince Russo made his way to the ring and attacked the once-undefeated competitor. Initially fighting through the assault, Goldberg remained in the battle, but the presence of Russo — and a baseball bat — eventually allowed Big Poppa Pump to knock out Goldberg and put him back in the Steiner Recliner, winning by TKO.
Triple H never defeated Goldberg in one-on-one competition. However, The Game belongs in this category primarily for his victory inside the Elimination Chamber at SummerSlam 2003. Goldberg and then-World Heavyweight Champion Triple H were the final two entrants and were mostly unscathed by the time they were alone inside the steel structure. The former WCW Champion dominated The Cerebral Assassin until Ric Flair managed to get a sledgehammer to Triple H. As Goldberg prepared to deliver a crushing Spear, The Game nailed him with the sledgehammer to secure the victory and retain the World Heavyweight Title.
The first time these two met, it was a match at WrestleMania XX that Goldberg ended up winning, though you wouldn’t know it from the “Stone Cold” Stunners both Goldberg and Brock ended up taking. Fast-forward 13 years later, with both Superstars were in the midst of triumphant returns, and it was only a matter of time before they met again. Following a second trouncing by Goldberg at Survivor Series 2016, Brock Lesnar finally got his man at WrestleMania 33.
The match is physically brutal. The Beast summoned up enough otherworldly toughness to kick out of three Goldberg Spears (one through the barricade) and a Jackhammer to administer 10 German Suplexes to his opponent and finish him off with an F-5. And, to top it off, Lesnar won the Universal Championship as a result. For one night, The Conqueror was a comeback kid.