First, I will admit that Goldberg is the greatest of all time, in my personal opinion.
now, I know it's almost an universal fact that Goldberg was a great superstar and was a huge draw back then.
but, how great will he be remembered? will he be remembered forever as a legend? or as a great, but not an all-timer? discuss...
He wasn't great in the ring, but the Goldberg character was great for a limited amount of time. Think about it, people still see a guy like Ziggler as a future WWE star etc, he's been wrestling now longer than Goldberg. Goldberg got arguably the biggest push in the history of the business because of his unique look, and also the easiest considering he only had to squash people. Eventually booking killed him; Nash claims the fans had turned on Goldberg so he beat Goldberg, and later on Russo thought it would be a brilliant plan to turn him heel. Let's not forget his WCW Title run after beating Hogan sucked, he was never the main event because of Hogan still hogging the spotlight. His WWE run was okay but I understand why he couldn't go through the entire roster again, they wanted to protect certain characters, Goldberg was clearly there for a short run to make money and leave. Despite all the shitty booking he did remain very popular (mainly because he got pushed hard during the wrestling peak), so he'll go down as a great wrestling personality, but I wouldn't call him a legend. Realistically he hardly did anything.
I fucking LOVED Goldberg, it was hard not to. Here you had a guy standing at 6 ft 2, weighed 250+ pounds, fucking built like a machine, was powerful, freakishly strong and very agile. He was doing high kicks, back flips, throwing people around like rag dolls and the fans, including myself ate it up!
Thing I liked about Goldberg was he wasn't built like some superstars are nowadays where they no sell everything, he was taking his fair share, he was being pinned, he was being suplexed, taken out etc. and I think that is why he got the reactions he did, coming back from it, building up to that moment where he would hit you with the spear, the taunt before he laid that Jackhammer on you, just awesome.
The guy oozed charisma, drew and didn't even fucking speak, it's unheard of. The crowd were starting to get on him though round about the time Nash beat him, I mean you should see the reaction from the crowd when he lost in that shitty way he did, they were cheering that Nash had won the belt.
For me? The guy is a legend. He made an impact. He wasn't the best in the ring, no, but neither was Hogan, neither was The Rock. Goldberg had a silent charisma, awesome power moves, a deadly finishing combo, beat most of the biggest names in the sport and was all round fucking entertaining.
As a one trick pony, but a one trick pony who rode that one trick faster, harder and longer than most people could ever hope to do and became at his peak, as big as anyone in the business ever has, off of something so simple. He wasn't a great wrestler, he wasn't a great mic worker but he had "IT". He had the presentation, the music, the look, the presence, the intensity and the moveset that left an impression on everybody who ever watched him.
And if there's one good thing about Ryback, it's that he's enhanced Goldberg's legacy. Mr. "Yep yep yep, what it do" is failing SO horrendously at replicating Goldberg's act that he's made Goldberg look better than any of his opponent's ever did.