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William Scott "Bill" Goldberg (born December 27, 1966) is a former professional wrestler best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He is currently the host of the television show Garage Mahal on the DIY Network. Goldberg is famed for his unbeatable winning streak in WCW, where he regularly squashed his wrestling opponents and popularized his catch phrase, "Who's next?" To date, he holds the distinct record of having the longest undefeated streak in sports-entertainment history—173 consecutive victories.

Goldberg is recognized by WWE as a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, being the first man to hold both the WCW and WWE incarnations of the Big Gold Belt. He is also recognized by WWE as a two-time United States Champion as well as a former World Tag Team Champion with Bret Hart during his time in WCW.] Before he was a professional wrestler, Goldberg was a college and NFL football player. After leaving wrestling, he began working as a commentator for the mixed martial arts promotion EliteXC until its closure.

Personal life

Goldberg's mother, Ethel, is a classical violinist, while his father, Jed, a graduate of Harvard University, was an obstetrician and gynecologist. They divorced, and Jed died in late 2006. In addition to playing the violin, Ethel breeds flowers, and once succeeded in creating an award-winning hybrid orchid which she named after Goldberg. Bill is also proud of his Jewish religion and became well-known for his Jewish ethnicity during his wrestling career. He was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was bar mitzvah at Temple Israel and graduated from Tulsa Edison High School. Goldberg played football at the University of Georgia, which later led to him playing with the Los Angeles Rams (1990–91), Atlanta Falcons (1992–94), and Carolina Panthers (1995).

On April 10, 2005, Goldberg married Wanda Ferraton, a stunt double whom he met while filming Santa's Slay, as stated in this movie's audio commentary. They have a son together, Gage A.J. Goldberg, who was born on May 10, 2006.

Goldberg is an animal welfare advocate and an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) spokesman, and has addressed the United States Congress in order to raise awareness of illegal animal fighting.[37] Every year, Goldberg also plays golf in the Jimmy V Golf Classic and visits with children in local hospitals who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Goldberg co-owns and operates the "Extreme Power Gym" Muay Thai and Amateur boxing training facility in Oceanside, California. He also owns over 25 vintage cars,[38] including a Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible, Shelby Cobra 427, and a Mustang Boss 429 "Lawman" (one of the two cars used in the Vietnam War to entertain the U.S. Army).

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