Bill Goldberg Biography

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Birth Name: Bill Goldberg

Following his NFL career, Goldberg began working as a personal trainer at an Atlanta gym. A few professional wrestlers worked out at the gym and convinced him to try out at the World Championship Wrestling's nearby training center. Establishing himself as one of wrestling's "good guys," he quickly moved up the ranks, thanks to his immediate popularity with fans, which resulted in a long winning streak and a United States Heavyweight Championship after he defeated arch-villain Raven on a 1998 edition of "WCW Monday Nitro" (TNT, 1995-2001). Later that year, he defeated Hollywood Hogan - Hulk Hogan-turned-villain - on an episode of the same show, which gave him his first World Heavyweight Championship. After 173 straight victories, Goldberg finally lost a match when he relinquished his title to bad guy, Kevin Nash. But he regained his title the following year, which he followed by filming his first movie, "Universal Soldier: The Return" (1999). Also that year, he appeared in "The Jesse Ventura Story" (NBC, 1999), which chronicled the wrestler's rise to become the governor of Minnesota, while he continued wrestling until the WCW was sold to the WWE in 2001.

The following year, when his original contract expired, Goldberg joined the All Japan Pro Wrestling circuit until 2003, when his success garnered interest from the WWE. He fought villain Triple H several times until winning the World Heavyweight Championship at the sixth-annual Unforgiven, a pay-per-view wrestling event not unlike Wrestlemania. But he gave up the title to Triple H later that year before eventually leaving the sport all together in 2005 following his victorious appearance at Wrestlemania XX. Meanwhile, he continued his acting career, appearing in the animated-live action combo, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" (2003), which he followed by portraying one of the inmate football players in the Adam Sandler remake of "The Longest Yard" (2005). Goldberg followed up with a season one appearance on the reality series, "Pros vs. Joes" (Spike TV, 2006- ) and an guest starring turn as an inmate on an episode of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ). Following an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), he hosted "Bullrun" (Spike TV, 2007- ), a reality series that followed 12 teams competing on a 4,000-mile, 18-day road rally. In 2010, he joined the likes of Sinbad, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Osbourne and disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich on "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ).