The 2018 Hall Of Fame class is what's 'next' for former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg.
Goldberg is one of the most iconic and accomplished names in professional wrestling history, as he took the industry by storm upon his debut. The former University Of Georgia football player went on to play in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons as a fullback, before moving to the Carolina Panthers later on.
His football career came to an end after Goldberg suffered an unfortunate injury, and later transitioned into professional wrestling when he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1996.
Goldberg made a huge stamp on the professional wrestling world in 1997 when he started an amazing win streak that lasted well over a year.
After winning the WCW World Heavyweight Title, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, and the WCW World Tag Team Titles, he left the company in 2001 before the promotion went under.
In 2003 he signed with WWE but his run lasted only a year before he departed and pursued other ventures such as acting and working within the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Back in 2016 Goldberg reunited with WWE to be a part of the WWE 2K17 video game.
This led to a contract negotiation between the two sides that eventually landed Goldberg returning for a match with Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Goldberg completely destroyed Brock Lesnar and went on to win the Universal Title from Kevin Owens.
At WrestleMania 33 Goldberg lost the Universal Title to Brock Lesnar, ending his run with the company as an active competitor. Fans loved seeing the former WCW Champ back and can expect to see more of him on WWE TV over the years as well.
WWE has decided to pay homage to Goldberg's success in the business it seems, as ESPN reports that he will be inducted into the 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame class. Goldberg had this to say about the news (quotes via ESPN):
"At the end of the day, any business, any venture that you embark upon, you want some type of acknowledgement," Goldberg told ESPN.com, shortly after finding out about his entry into the Hall of Fame.
"You always try to make it to a top. There's no reason to do anything unless you want to be the best.
"In a fairly condensed period of time, my relationship with the WWE did a complete 180 degrees," said Goldberg.
"My comeback had everything to do with a change of heart on both sides. For that, I am greatly appreciative, because that was a dark side in my psyche.
"When I heard 'wrestling' or 'WWE' I'd kind of want to put it off to the side and not think about it. It didn't evoke the most positive of memories, but it's funny how that's changed completely in the past couple of years.
"The mindset that I have is that I'm as self-deprecating as the next 10 people combined," said Goldberg.
"It's nice to kind of sit back and stop the teardown of yourself, open up your arms and your heart and say, 'Hey man, maybe I do deserve something like this.'
"To get that type of accolade [from the WWE] is really, really cool, and I'm honored and privileged to again set an example for my son -- it makes me very happy.
"It's hard to conceptualize what it's going to be like, just like it was hard to conceptualize what last year was going to be like after being away for 12 years," said Goldberg.
"It's another opportunity for me to show how much I appreciate the support and the love I've gotten from the fans. At the end of the day, it's a validation that I've done something right.
"It's going to be tough, I can tell you that," said Goldberg. "It's kind of like bookmarking the end of your career, although it ain't the end of nothing for me.
"I'm always living and breathing and looking for my next venture -- and who's to say it couldn't happen there again?"
What are your thoughts on Goldberg being inducted into the 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame class later this year? Do you think that the former WCW Champion deserves the tremendous honor? And will there be a bigger name announced for this year's Hall Of Fame class before WrestleMania 34? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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