Many years ago, Goldberg was a premier star in WCW. With his fast-track road to success playing out on TV screens around the world, WWE (known as WWF at this time) opted to capitalize on the gimmick that was being portrayed on their rival’s show. They created Gillberg- a complete and obvious rip-off of the Goldberg character in every conceivable way.
Gillberg was most certainly a humorous act- one that was nothing more than comedic relief with little to no substance in the ring. He was an enhancement talent through and through. Given that Goldberg was the complete opposite of this at the time, complete with an undefeated streak, many wondered how he took to learning of the Gillberg rip-off character.
For those still wondering today, WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg has recently discussed this in an interview with Gamespot– where the former WWE Universal Champion confirmed he was furious at the gimmick, noting that he wanted to take down Gillberg and those who came up with the gimmick.

“I wanted to cut his head off, and then I wanted to cut everyone’s head off that came up with the idea. You can take it a number of ways. I took it violently in the beginning.”

Given that incident happened so long ago, and that he is now on very good terms with WWE, Goldberg gave his current opinion on the Gillberg character. He also explains how he should’ve acted in the first place.

“I should have been honored that they would think enough of me to copy, in a negative way, and try to poke fun at me. Because if I didn’t evoke a feeling in them, then they wouldn’t have done that. So, there was a reason for it, and I hold nothing against the guy, and I’m greatly appreciative that one more person in the professional wrestling business got a job because I don’t know what he was doing prior to that. Hey man, good for him.”

The two have now also met, posed for pictures together, and it seems everything has been put behind them.
Can you understand Goldberg’s frustration? What would you have done? Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and reactions in those comments below.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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