Former Tekno Team 2000 member, Chad Fortune, has spoken out about being the first man to technically defeat Bill Goldberg at the beginning of the legend’s streak.
Prior to his historic undefeated streak which was often inflated with live event matches that never occurred, Goldberg was seasoned in Dark Matches prior to episodes of WCW Nitro and WCW Saturday Night. In reality, it was where his streak really began with victories over the likes of Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Buddy Landel and John Betcha.
However, one of the rarest matches of the powerhouse’s career also turned out to be his first official loss prior to his television debut in a Dark Match on WCW Saturday Night On July 24, 1997. Stepping into the ring with Chad Fortune – better known as Travis from WWF team Tekno Team 2000 – the future WCW World Heavyweight Champion came up short.
Now, Fortune has sat down on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast to talk about the night he pinned Goldberg and how no one other than himself, Bill, Arn Anderson and the skeleton crew in attendance will ever know:
“Goldberg and I would work on a bunch of different things together in the (WCW) Power Plant. So we wrestled in a Dark Match and the booker was Arn Anderson. He said to me, “Chad you’re going over tonight.” Arn knew that we were pretty good friends at that time. We had a pretty decent match, he and I. I hit him with my finish, pinned him and we got the hell out of there. I didn’t think much of it until Bill said it in his book years later that I was his first loss.
No one would really know that Goldberg lost except Bill, Arn Anderson, and myself. One day about a year or so later, we were at Nitro, and they were trying to figure out his record for the Streak. So they are counting the guys, and I go up to them and say, “Well he didn’t beat me”, and we would have a good laugh about it. Bill is a great guy and he knows where he came from. He always remembered I beat him, even till this day, but its just something we laugh about. He keeps my friendship and while we haven’t spoken in a while, whenever we do speak we pick up right where we left off. He is a good friend.”
Though he would never reach the heady heights of Goldberg in professional wrestling, Fortune would serve as enhancement talent to the stars in the company including Jeff Jarrett, Bam Bam Bigelow, Psychosis and The Barbarian before stepping away from the industry in 1999.
Credit for the interview: Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Fightful