During his time in WCW Goldberg was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in all of professional wrestling.
His undefeated streak is the stuff of legend, while his fierce intensity and no-nonsense style in the ring won him admirers all over the world.
However, once Goldberg was finally defeated by Kevin Nash via a shot from a taster from an interfering Scott Hall, it was unclear where the now former World Heavyweight Champion would go next.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Vince Russo who was working as a writer alongside Ed Ferrara in WCW at the time, has recalled trying to plan for that next step. A step he believed that would involve Goldberg turning heel for the first time in his career. The only problem being that Goldberg had no intention of going to the dark side.
“I was working with Goldberg in WCW, before I got there he had a streak of 800 and 0. Bro, when a guy gets that kind of a push from a babyface standpoint, where are you going to go from there? The logical thing was Goldberg has got to be heel. Bro he never wanted to be a heel, he fought me tooth and nail. I remember saying to him ‘Bill, you need to explain this to me because you play a heel in the movies.’ He was playing a killer Santa in the movies, why is this any different? Bill looked at me and said ‘Because in those movies, I’m not Goldberg.’ And he was right, he said ‘using my Goldberg name I’ve got a persona with kids when I go to hospitals.’ When he said that to me, I understood it and I got it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Russo who famously worked for WWE through much of the Attitude Era, revealed his one regret in wrestling, that he “didn’t push the envelope enough” during his time as a writer.
Goldberg would remain with WCW until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. While he would miss out on the ‘Invasion’ that followed, he eventually joined WWE in 2003. However, the former WCW Champion was out of the door just a year later, before returning to the company in 2016.