UPDATE: 2023/12/06 16:30 EST BY BENJAMIN VIEIRA
Bill Goldberg had a legendary career while he was in WCW. Arguably the company’s biggest homegrown star, he amassed numerous accolades while he was an active in-ring competitor. He is a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, and WCW World Tag Team Champion. However, the most impressive aspect of his career was his incredible undefeated streak while in the company. It became the stuff of legend, with very few wrestlers being a part of that elite club in the business. However, there were ten occasions that he did lose while competing inside a WCW ring.
Goldberg has had a wrestling career that fans only see once or twice in their lifetime. Throughout his career in WCW, Goldberg was one of the most protected wrestlers in the sport’s history; he amassed a years-long undefeated streak and touted a record of 173-0 (though this record was highly dramatized).
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Toward the end of his WCW career, Goldberg began to sustain some losses. Not including dark matches, Goldberg lost a total of ten bouts during his tenure with WCW to names like Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Bret Hart. While some of these matches still had Goldberg walk away looking like a strong competitor, others were more akin to the clown-filled traveling circus WCW devolved into by the year 2000. With that being said, let’s get into the list.
Matches Where Goldberg Lost
Kevin Nash vs Goldberg (c) – WCW World Heavyweight Title Match
Bret Hart vs Goldberg (c) – WCW United States Heavyweight Title Match
Nitro-October 25, 1999
Bret Hart vs Goldberg
Bret Hart vs Goldberg
Nitro-December 20, 1999
Jeff Jarrett vs Goldberg vs Positively Kanyon vs Scott Steiner – Number One Contender’s Match to WCW World Heavyweight Title
Nitro-July 10, 2000
Booker T (c) vs Goldberg – WCW World Heavyweight Title Match
Nitro-July 24, 2000
Kevin Nash vs Goldberg vs Scott Steiner – Number One Contender’s Match to WCW World Heavyweight Title
New Blood Rising 2000
Kevin Nash (c), Vince Russo, Jeff Jarrett, & Scott Steiner vs Goldberg, Booker T, KroniK, & Sting-Triple Cage WarGames for WCW World Heavyweight Title
Nitro-September 4, 2000
Scott Steiner vs Goldberg
Fall Brawl 2000
Buff Bagwell & Lex Luger vs Goldberg & Dewayne Bruce
WCW Sin 2001
10 Kevin Nash Defeats Goldberg (Starrcade 1998)
Goldberg’s Undefeated Streak Comes To An End
This is one of the most infamous matches in WCW history. In the main event of Starrcade ‘98, Kevin Nash challenged Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The fight was a no-disqualification match that quickly went off the rails.
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Kevin Nash had lots of help from his teammates in the nWo. Disco Inferno, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Scott Hall all made appearances, making the fight a bit of an overbooked mess. To finish the match, Scott Hall shocked Goldberg with a cattle prod and Nash hit a Jackknife Powerbomb, earning him the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and bringing Goldberg’s streak to an end.
9 Bret Hart Defeats Goldberg (October 25, 1999 Nitro)
“The Hitman” Becomes WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
This match was simultaneously a first-round tournament match (WCW was holding this tournament to crown a new World Heavyweight Championship) and a match for Goldberg’s US Title. If you don’t think that makes any sense, you’re right.
Like many other matches on this list, it featured a lot of outside interference. This time, it was the Outsiders running in to sabotage Goldberg for seemingly the millionth time. Bret Hart capitalized on this to pin Goldberg and win the match, thereby becoming US Champion and advanced in the tournament.
8 Bret Hart Defeats Goldberg (Starrcade 1999)
The Match That Cost Bret Hart His Career
Bret Hart’s victory here made him the first wrestler to ever defeat Goldberg on more than one occasion. This time, the pair fought for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately, this match is also the one that effectively ended Bret Hart’s wrestling career.
A botched mule kick from Goldberg dealt a severe concussion to Bret Hart. However, the Hitman went on to win the match. It wasn’t until later that Bret would realize the severity of the injury he sustained.
7 Bret Hart Defeats Goldberg, (December 20, 1999 Nitro)
“The Hitman” Is Only Person To Hand Goldberg Three Losses
This is a terrible match that should never have happened. At this point, Bret Hart’s sustained the concussion that will force him to retire in just a few weeks. Watching the match back now, it’s hard to ignore how much Goldberg bounces Bret around in the ring.
This match also only lasts a few minutes before the Outsiders and Jeff Jarrett begin to cause trouble. They begin to attack Goldberg, and it’s revealed that Bret Hart has been in on their heelish tactics all along. All in all, this was a messily booked fight that added nothing to either man’s legacy.
6 Jeff Jarrett Defeats Goldberg, Positively Kanyon, and Scott Steiner (July 10, 2000 Nitro)
Goldberg Losses A Shot At The WCW World Heavyweight Title
This was a four corners match to crown a new number one contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. To continue the pattern with this list, the match was incredibly chaotic and hard to follow in terms of the story it told.
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Jeff Jarrett came out on top over three men who were much more athletic and arguably bigger draws than he was. But this was WCW in the year 2000, so all sense of reason has to be thrown out the window.
5 Booker T Defeats Goldberg, (July 24, 2000 Nitro)
Two Of WCW’s Biggest Homegrown Stars Go Head-To-Head
This match saw Goldberg compete as a heel for the first time in WCW. Unfortunately for him, a change in his alignment didn’t bring about any gold on this episode of Nitro.
WCW Heavyweight Champion Booker T defended his title against Goldberg in what unsurprisingly turned out to be a short, overbooked match. Jeff Jarrett and Ernest “The Cat” Miller attacked Goldberg, giving Booker T the chance to hit the Book End and defeat Goldberg after just two and a half minutes.
4 Kevin Nash Defeats Goldberg And Scott Steiner (WCW New Blood Rising)
One Of The Worst Matches Of Goldberg’s Career
This match was awful, as most WCW matches were by August 2000. The story of this match was that Goldberg was upset with WCW booking and walked out halfway through the match.
Commentary then explained to the audience that this meant Nash and Steiner would have to improvise a finish. Why Vince Russo thought this fourth-wall breaking, kayfabe killing storyline was a good idea remains a mystery. The end result was terrible.
3 Kevin Nash, Vince Russo, Jeff Jarrett, & Scott Steiner Defeat Goldberg, Booker T, KroniK, & Sting (Nitro September 4, 2000)*
Goldberg Fails To Win In One Of WCW’s Most Confusing Matches
On the September 4, 2000, edition of WCW Nitro, fans witnessed the return of the Triple Cage WarGames match. The match featured two teams battling, with one person becoming the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. This match is about as messy and confusing as it sounds.
It featured another loss for Goldberg as he was on the losing team with Booker T, KroniK, and Sting. Although he was not pinned directly, a loss is a loss. The final result of the match was Kevin Nash retaining his WCW World Heavyweight Title with a team consisting of Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and Vince Russo.
2 Scott Steiner Defeats Goldberg (Fall Brawl 2000)
Goldberg’s Final Singles Loss In WCW
This match is arguably the best match on this list; unlike most of the others on here, this fight wasn’t objectively terrible. Both men laid into each other and delivered a hard-hitting (if not sloppy) fight. Unfortunately, not even this fight was immune to Vince Russo’s booking.
To continue Russo’s feud with Goldberg, Midajah and Russo interfered in the match and attacked Goldberg with weapons. While this in theory would help protect Goldberg through taking a loss, it only made what could’ve been a solid match into yet another convoluted mess.
1 Buff Bagwell & Lex Luger Defeat Goldberg & Dewayne Bruce (WCW Sin 2001)
A Lackluster Ending To Goldberg’s Run In WCW
Goldberg’s last match in WCW was a pitiful, mediocre end to what was at one point a legendary run. This match happened during a storyline wherein if Goldberg got pinned and lost a match, he would be fired from WCW. Thanks to a planted fan attacking Goldberg with mace, Luger and Buff were able to pin Goldberg and defeat him.
WCW intended to have Goldberg take this loss in order to then take time off and get shoulder surgery. However, while Goldberg was away, WCW was sold to the WWE.