Goldberg is still kicking ass at 50-years-old. In his first match back, he demolished “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar like a hand swatting a fly. If you’ve been following WWE lately, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Fans chant his name. They know him as Goldberg. He’s a legend who rivaled “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan’s star power in 1998. And in 2017, the chants for Goldberg are louder than ever.
Bill’s pro wrestling comeback was simply unprecedented. After over 12 years on the shelf, he returned and destroyed Brock Lesnar in a matter of minutes. In February, he captured the WWE Universal Championship, dispatching Kevin Owens in a mere 22 seconds. And at WrestleMania 33, he wrestled his best match in ages against longtime foe Lesnar.
Last night, Goldberg finally fell to The Beast Incarnate under the bright lights of WrestleMania in Orlando. Despite the loss, Bill put up one hell of a fight. He can still kick some serious ass at 50-years-old. Not many can go toe-to-toe with Lesnar and walk out on their own. Goldberg has a lot of guts, but he has an even bigger bank book.
Bill Goldberg Net Worth as of 2017: Almost $15 Million
Goldberg’s net worth clocks at just a little under $15 million. That’s a lot of dough for the big man. And I’m sure his bank book will only grow once his WrestleMania bonus is deposited.
How does someone earn so much money? Look below and you’ll find out Goldberg’s path to riches.
1990 – 1997
Goldberg began his pro sports career on the football field, as he was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1990 NFL draft. From ’92 to ’94, he jumped from the Sacramento Gold Miners to the Atlanta Falcons. In 1995, he was picked up by the Carolina Panthers, but was cut before he could play. Bill’s career in football came to a screeching halt, after severely injuring his lower abdomen.
While in the gym, rehabbing his injuries, he was spotted by WCW superstars Lex Luger and Sting. These two former world champions were very impressed with Goldberg’s physique and power-lifting ability. They convinced him to look for a career in professional wrestling, and that’s just what Goldberg did.
Goldberg made his professional wrestling debut on the September 22, 1997 episode of WCW Nitro. He quickly defeated Hugh Morris in convincing fashion, starting a winning streak that would last for over 2 years with an estimated 174 victories (allegedly).
1997 – 1999
Bill’s dominant rise in WCW is often imitated, but never truly duplicated. Week after week, more and more wrestlers fell to Goldberg’s spear and jackhammer. On an April 1998 episode of Nitro, big bad Bill secured his first championship, as ran through Raven. But the United States Championship wasn’t enough for Goldberg, he wanted more…he wanted the World Heavyweight Title.
In front of over 40,000 fans in the Georgia Dome, Goldberg defeated the legendary “Hollywood” Hogan for the top prize in WCW. After successful title defenses against Diamond Dallas Page and Curt Hennig, Goldberg dropped the title to Kevin Nash under controversial circumstances (via stun gun by Scott Hall).
Goldberg’s next noteworthy feud involved Bret “Hitman” Hart. At Starrcade 1999, these two legends clashed for the WCW World Championship. This match had a very unfortunate outcome. Goldberg super-kicked Bret right in the head, causing a concussion, which would lead to Hart’s retirement.
1999 – 2003
Once Goldberg’s streak was dead, it seemed as if he was losing traction in WCW. He was still booked as a legit main eventer, but he never won another title again. During this time, Goldberg switched from hero to villain to hero again. WCW seemed to be lacking direction, and soon enough, the company sunk.
After spending time wrestling in Japan, Goldberg finally made the transition to the WWE. On a March 2003 edition of WWE Raw, Goldberg made his much-anticipated WWE debut, as he ran right through The Rock.
Goldberg spent a whole year dominating much of the Monday Night Raw roster. He defeated the likes of The Rock, Triple H, and Chris Jericho. Goldberg also reigned supreme as World Heavyweight Champion for almost three months.
At WrestleMania XX, Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar. After this match, he waited over a decade until he stepped back inside a WWE ring.
2003 – Present
After WWE, Bill set his sights on Hollywood. In 2005, Goldberg received a prominent role in the film The Longest Yard. That year, Bill hosted The History Channel’s documentary series Auto-Maniac. He also starred in the films Half Past Dead 2 and Santa’s Slay (he met his future wife Wanda on the set of the Christmas-themed horror flick).
Goldberg was even a contestant on the 9th season of Donald Trump‘s show The Celebrity Appearance. That’s YUGE!
In 2016, WWE came callin’ once again. WWE needed Goldberg to help sell copies of WWE 2K17, as his character was announced as a pre-order bonus for the game. While promoting the game, Paul Heyman baited Goldberg into a match against his client Brock Lesnar at the upcoming Survivor Series.
Bill shocked the WWE Universe and the entire pro wrestling world, when he defeated Lesnar at Survivor Series in 1 minute and 26 seconds. After his decisive win against Lesnar, big bad Bill switched focus to Kevin Owens and his WWE Universal Championship. At WWE Fastlane 2017, Goldberg annihilated Owens in just 22 seconds.
At WrestleMania 33, Goldberg finally fell to “The Beast Incarnate.” Lesnar won the Universal Championship, as he was finally able to defeat the legend. Goldberg appeared the next night in front of the Monday Night Raw audience after the show went off the air. He made a speech in the ring, with his young son standing right beside him. Regarding another WWE run, Goldberg remarked, “Never say never.”