For the second time in his professional wrestling career, former Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Bill Goldberg has captured WWE’s Universal Championship.
Goldberg, who played defensive tackle for Georgia from 1986-89 and was named to the All-SEC team in his final two seasons, captured the title from “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt at Thursday’s WWE Super Showdown event in Saudi Arabia.
Goldberg enjoyed a standout career at Georgia in his time, as he’s still ninth all-time in tackles with 348, and a member of Georgia’s Junkyard Dog Club. Goldberg was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1990 NFL Draft and had a brief stint with the Rams and Atlanta Falcons before a career-ending abdomen injury switched Goldberg’s career path to professional wrestling, as he signed with Atlanta’s World Championship Wrestling and eventually became the top star in the promotion before it was bought out by Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation in 2001.
Goldberg joined WWE in 2003 and captured their World Heavyweight Championship before leaving the company in 2004, and trying his hand at acting and reality television before returning to WWE in 2016 and stunning then-champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, beating the seemingly unstoppable Lesnar in a record 86 seconds. Goldberg would go on to capture his first Universal Championship in February 2017, defeating Kevin Owens at Fastlane before losing the title back to Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 and taking another break from wrestling.
An interesting footnote to Goldberg’s victory is that he will presumably face another former college football star at April’s WrestleMania 36. Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle Joe Anoa’i, who wrestles for WWE as Roman Reigns, is widely speculated to be Goldberg’s opponent.
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