Goldberg has used the spear on hundreds of opponents throughout his career, but one spear in particular stands out as the most memorable.
At Halloween Havoc 1998, the two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion defeated Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) in the main event. The 10-minute contest was among the longest of his career up to this point. It also featured a chilling moment when the former soccer player knocked himself out throwing a spear.
Speaking on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho’ podcast, the 55-year-old picked the game against DDP as his favourite. He also reflected on the unfortunate injury he suffered in the grueling encounter.
“I’m pretty proud of that one, man,” Goldberg said. “I speared him and knocked myself out, then I was able to get him up in the jackhammer and finish the game. I think for that reason alone…that and I pretty much dispelled the rumor that I couldn’t be in the ring for more than two minutes. This [match duration] completely depended on who was driving me.
The WCW icon began his career with a string of quick wins against lesser opponents. While many fans enjoyed those matches, some wondered if he was physically capable of competing for more than a few minutes.
DDP wanted Goldberg to hit him with a record number of spears
It’s not uncommon for Goldberg to land more than one spear in a game or segment. However, he never hit anyone up to 14 times in the same game.
DDP originally wanted his friend and fellow WWE Hall of Famer to reach that number at Halloween Havoc 1998. He also gave his opponent a list of ratings before their main event.
“Unbeknownst to the public, I didn’t have to give the 14 spears Dallas wanted me to give him in the 40-page one-game essay he gave me!” Goldberg added.
The two-time Universal Champion also spoke in the interview about the struggles he faced as a former WCW wrestler when he joined WWE in 2003.
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