Goldberg to be inducted into WWE HOF

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Who’s next? Goldberg! The former world champion is the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Goldberg, 51, was one of the most popular stars of the 90s, and propelled WCW to success thanks in part to his 173-match win streak.

A former Atlanta Falcons player in the NFL, Goldberg made his WCW debut in 1997. He would go on to capture the United States and World Heavyweight Championships—defeating “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan for the latter in front of a 40,000-strong hometown crowd at the Georgia Dome.

Goldberg claimed WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship in 2003 before leaving the company in 2004. He returned in 2016 to crush Brock Lesnar in one-minute-and-26-seconds at Survivor Series, and dethroned Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship in similar time in February 2017.

“Goldberg’s unique athleticism, persona and intensity captured the imagination of sports entertainment fans around the world throughout his illustrious career,” WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Event & Creative Paul Levesque said. “We are honored to have Goldberg take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.”

Goldberg is the presumed headliner for the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The induction ceremony, held at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as part of the WrestleMania 34 festivities, airs live on WWE Network on Saturday, April 7 (New Zealand time).