ON THIS DATE: Bill Goldberg's streak ends at WCW Starrcade 1998

Originally published at ON THIS DATE: Bill Goldberg's streak ends at WCW Starrcade 1998

WCW ended 1998 by ending the undefeated streak of Bill Goldberg.

It was on this date that Goldberg was pinned by Kevin Nash in the main event of Starrcade at the MCI Center in Washington, ending Goldberg’s streak and reign as company champion.

The decision was heavily criticized, both the decision to end it and the tactic of having Goldberg hit with a cattle prod by Scott Hall to set up the jackknife powerbomb by Nash for the victory.

Goldberg caught fire earlier in the year, running through opponents in dominant fashion and capturing the United States title in April before beating Hulk Hogan at the Georgia Dome in July in front of 41,112.

Starrcade occurred between some of the largest events ever run by the company, which did incredible attendance figures over a one-month period.

They drew 32,067 to the AstroDome in Houston for the December 7th edition of Monday Nitro followed by 29,000 at the TWA Dome on December 21st and climaxing with a return to the Georgia Dome for the first episode of 1999 with 38,809 that featured the “Finger Poke of Doom”.

The company would fall dramatically in 1999 before an utter plunge the following year.

WCW Starrcade
Sunday, December 27, 1998
Washington, D.C at the MCI Center
*WCW Championship: Kevin Nash over Bill Goldberg (champion)
*Diamond Dallas Page over The Giant
*Eric Bischoff over Ric Flair
*WCW Television Championship: Konnan (champion) over Chris Jericho
*Scott Norton & Brian Adams over Fit Finlay & Jerry Flynn
*Perry Saturn over Ernest Miller
*Norman Smiley over Prince Iaukea
*WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Billy Kidman (champion) over Eddy Guerrero
*WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Billy Kidman (champion) over Juventud Guerrera and Rey Mysterio

This was my first live viewing of a WCW PPV, what a disappointment this finish was.

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I feel like it could have worked out had the fingerpoke of doom not happened a week later. Nash and the Wolfpac were as over as ever, they were on fire with red and black Sting, so i don’t think it was necessarily a bad decision for Nash to end the streak…but they should have gone all in on face Wolfpac instead of the NWO Elite nonsense.

I grew up watching wrestling (mostly wCw) with my Grandpa, this was very soon after his passing and the first show I watched without him, so it has a special place for me