Jim Ross has discussed the one star Vince McMahon had his eye on most of all when the WWE Chairman bought out World Championship Wrestling in 2001.
In March 2001, the wrestling world was changed forever when Vince McMahon announced he had bought his competition. All of a sudden, the famed ‘Monday Night Wars’ were over and a lot of WCW stars found themselves potentially out of work.
Speaking on the latest edition of Grilling JR [available at AdFreeShows.com], the Head of Talent Relations at the time, Jim Ross discussed who he thinks was at the very top of Vince McMahon’s recruitment list.
“He was very interested in Goldberg. I don’t think he was not interested in any of those stars like Flair, Hogan, Sting, Nash, Scott Hall, he was just more invested in some others than not.”
“If I had to say one guy, for me the one guy would’ve been Sting followed by Goldberg, for Vince it was Goldberg then Sting later on. I’m assuming this is somewhat accurate.”
Goldberg was WCW’s biggest homegrown star as the former Atlanta Falcon shot to prominence with an incredible undefeated streak. Goldberg captured WCW’s biggest prize when he defeated Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Championship in July 1998.
Like many of WCW’s biggest stars, Goldberg was contracted to WCW’s parent company rather than the wrestling entity itself. This meant once WCW was out of business Goldberg still received pay despite having nowhere to wrestle. After reportedly receiving a buy-out of his contract in 2002, Goldberg went on to debut for WWE the night after WrestleMania XIX.
During his one-year run in the company, Goldberg defeated The Rock as well as winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H. His initial WWE run came to an end at WrestleMania XX with his infamous match with Brock Lesnar.