Goldberg: The Ultimate Collection DVD Review

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Certificate: 15

Running Time: 8hrs 12mins (492mins)

Discs: 3

Disc 1

  • Exploding Onto The Scene
  • Bill Goldberg v Hugh Morrus – Nitro (September 22nd, 1997)
  • Bill Goldberg v The Barbarian – Nitro (September 29th, 1997)
  • Bill Goldberg v Steve “Mongo” McMichael – Starrcade (December 28th, 1997) –
  • United States Championship Match: Goldberg v Raven – Nitro (April 20th, 1998)
  • Setting His Sights on a Bigger Prize
  • Goldberg v Scott Hall – Nitro (July 6th, 1998)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Hollywood Hulk Hogan – Nitro (July 6th, 1998)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Curt Hennig – Bash at the Beach (July 12th, 1998)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Sting – Nitro (September 14th, 1998)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Diamond Dallas Page – Halloween Havoc (October 25th, 1998)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v The Giant – Nitro (November 23rd, 1998)
  • The Road to Starrcade
  • No Disqualification Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg v Kevin Nash – Starrcade (December 27th, 1998)

Disc 2

  • The Face of WCW
  • Goldberg v Ric Flair – Nitro (March 8th, 1999)
  • Fatal 4 Way Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg v Hulk Hogan v Ric Flair v Diamond Dallas Page – Nitro (April 5th, 1999)
  • Goldberg v Kevin Nash – Spring Stampede (April 11th, 1999)
  • Goldberg v Diamond Dallas Page – Fall Brawl (September 12th, 1999)
  • United States Championship Match: Goldberg v Sid – Halloween Havoc (October 24th, 1999)
  • Two Matches In One Night
  • Goldberg v Sting – Halloween Havoc (October 24th, 1999)
  • “I Quit” Match: Goldberg v Sid – Mayhem (November 21st, 1999)
  • No Disqualification Match: Goldberg v Scott Steiner – Fall Brawl (September 1th, 2000)
  • 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Goldberg v Kronik – Halloween Havoc (October 29th, 2000)
  • A New Streak
  • No Disqualification Match: Goldberg & Dewayne Bruce v Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell – SIN (January 14th, 2001)

Disc 3

  • Making His Way to WWE
  • Goldberg v The Rock – Backlash (April 27th, 2003)
  • Steel Cage Match: Goldberg v Christian – RAW (May 12th, 2003)
  • Goldberg v Chris Jericho – Badd Blood (June 15th, 2003)
  • Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg v Triple H v Randy Orton v Shawn Michaels v Kevin Nash v Chris Jericho – SummerSlam (August 24th, 2003)
  • Another Shot At The Title
  • World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Triple H – Unforgiven (September 21st, 2003)
  • Goldberg v Mark Henry – RAW (October 6th, 2003)
  • Goldberg v Batista – RAW (November 10th, 2003)
  • World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Triple H – Survivor Series (November 16th, 2003)
  • Goldberg v Brock Lesnar – WrestleMania XX (March 14th, 2004)
  • Who’s Next?

Bill Goldberg. Outside of The Giant (now The Big Show in WWE), the one true superstar that WCW created and possibly the one WCW wrestler that is as much of an enigma now as he was then.

In honour of the master of the Spear and the Jackhammer and the type of match he is most famous for, I’m going to write this review and make sure it’s a sub-3min read.

Basically what you have here is three discs filled with matches from the very first of Bill Goldberg’s onscreen career to the very last of his onscreen career. There is literally nothing else featured in this set apart from in-ring competition.

There are no sit-down interviews, (surprisingly) no talking-heads of any kind, no back-story to most of the matches and seemingly no new input from the man himself. It’s strange, but also weirdly apt for a wrestler who built his reputation on no-frills, get-in-beat-up-get-out matches to have a DVD that is only no-frills, get-in-beat-up-get-out matches.

Overview

This is a comprehesive a look at Goldberg’s in-ring career from his debut against Hugh Morrus (where he is very clumsy, but just has an aura about him that makes you want to see him again) to his exit from WWE at WrestleMania XX against Brock Lesnar in what should have been a brutal power-match only for external issues to derail it somewhat.

In between there are classics including the match against Raven, his bouts against DDP, Sting, Sid (especially the brutally violent “I Quit” Match), the ultra-heated double-bill against Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan, his WWE debut against The Rock and the heated affairs against Triple H.

Unfortunately, as there is literally nothing else to the set, tedium sets in (as it does in any compilation where the same guy is in match after match) and you may have to watch this in numerous sittings. Also in the negative column are some of the match choices. Dross like the bouts against Barbarian and Mongo McMichael could have been left out, while we didn’t really need two Nash matches and two Triple H bouts (three if you include the Elimination Chamber).

In their place, you could have had any of his relatively competitive bouts against Perry Saturn, Bam Bam Bigelow, Bret Hart and / or Shawn Michaels, so a bit of a missed opportunity there. I know the latter three are on the Blu-Ray extras, but not everyone will shell out for that edition.

All in all, this is not a set I can recommend unless you can find it in the £10-15 range as there is no meat to the story, you learn nothing about Bill Goldberg, you learn nothing about what others within the business think of him and with nothing to give you any context, newer fans may wonder what all the fuss was about.

That said, some of the matches are good and a select few are excellent, so there are good points too, just not enough to push it into must-buy territory.

If you buy the Blu-Ray version, you get the following additional content -:

Blu-ray Exclusive

  • World Title Battle Royal – Road Wild (August 8th, 1998)
  • Goldberg v Bam Bam Bigelow – SuperBrawl IX (February 21st, 1999)
  • Goldberg v Sting – Nitro (November 8th, 1999)
  • No Disqualification Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg v Bret Hart – Starrcade (December 19th, 1999)
  • World Heavyweight Championship Match: Goldberg v Shawn Michaels – RAW (October 20th, 2003)

Points: 5/10

Buy It:

UK: DVD / Blu-ray

USA: DVD / Blu-ray

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