At the age of 49, Goldberg returned to WWE and pulled off a stunning upset of Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series Sunday night, dominating Lesnar as no other man had ever done before.
Where does Goldberg now rank among the most dominant stars in WWE history? Here's our top 10 list of the most unstoppable characters in WWE.
The current WWE Women’s Champion has one of the top 25 all-time highest winning percentages in WWE history, has been a champion for all but 54 days since Night of Champions in 2015, and has gone undefeated in pay-per-view events, winning 17 in a row. In what is now a division brimming with talent, Charlotte just keeps winning.
The 15-time World Champion will almost certainly match or break Ric Flair’s record of 16 world titles sooner or later, and while Cena’s been humbled in big matches from time to time (most notably against Brock Lesnar), there’s a reason his nickname is Big Match John. In September, Cena suffered his first clean pinfall loss on Raw or SmackDown in seven years.
WWE officially recognized The Fabulous Moolah as the Women’s Champion for a period of 28 consecutive years from 1956 to 1984.
The one in 21-1. Lesnar would have been higher on this list had it been published before his stunning Survivor Series loss to Goldberg.
The Ultimate Warrior
Warrior has the highest WWE winning percentage of all-time at .893, and he once held the WWE Championship for 293 consecutive days in the only reign of his career.
Andre The Giant
The Immovable Object is a tough one to rank. In his prime, Andre The Giant was the most unstoppable wrestler in the world and would probably be No. 1 on this list. He went more than 15 years without being pinned in WWE until WrestleMania III, where he was slammed and defeated by Hulk Hogan. As Andre’s health deteriorated, he lost much of his mobility in the ring in the final years of his career and suffered a number of losses (albeit most by DQ) to Hogan, Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Big John Studd and the Ultimate Warrior.
Many legends have been excluded from this list (like Ric Flair) because their careers spanned so long that it was near-impossible to maintain their status as a dominant wrestler. Hulk Hogan, however, not only took over an entire wrestling company for years as the head of the NWO, he managed to then pivot back to his Hulkamania persona, which has always been like a force of nature. In the ‘80s, Hogan was untouchable, holding the WWE Championship for a full four-year span leading up to WrestleMania IV. He’s also the guy that slammed Andre The Giant.
With the caveat that Sammartino’s reigns came in the territory era where there were multiple World Champions across the United States, he held the then-WWWF World Heavyweight Championship for more than 11 full years between 1963 and 1977. His record for the longest consecutive championship reign (2,803 days) is the most untouchable record in sports.
The Undertaker did his fair share of losing during the Attitude Era, but he has the best overall winning percentage of any major star of that era (.679). More importantly, he won 21 WrestleMania matches in a row, a record that will never, ever be broken or even approached. He carries an aura that is completely unique.
You could have made a strong argument for Goldberg before Sunday night, but the way he destroyed Brock Lesnar almost redefines his legacy.
Goldberg's WCW undefeated streak was one of the best storylines in wrestling history, and he annihilated around 160 consecutive opponents (depending on which count you believe). Even in the handful of cases Goldberg lost, it was never a clean loss. Kevin Nash broke the streak only after Scott Hall tased Goldberg, and Triple H needed a sledgehammer to get the job done at SummerSlam in 2003.
It's Goldberg's shocking victory in 2016, though, that puts him atop this list. At the age of 49, Goldberg returned and crushed Brock Lesnar (in his prime!) in just 85 seconds.