WATCH: The Only Time Goldberg Wrestled The Rock Inside WWE Ring

Published 12/13/2020, 11:04 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: Bill Goldberg attends WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration Marking Premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at Staples Center on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)


The Rock left WWE at the prime of his career. In his last match in the company, he and Goldberg faced each other in a singles match in 2003.

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Goldberg and Rock’s rivalry started on Raw, 2003. The Rock was celebrating his win against Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIX with a segment called “The Rock Appreciation Night.” During the segment, The Rock gloated about the people he has beaten in his career, including Austin, wondering who would have the courage to challenge him next.

Then, after an illustrious career in WCW, Goldberg made his WWE debut. He came in and stepped up as The Rock’s newest opponent. After the confrontation, Goldberg speared The Rock, initiating the rivalry.

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After one month of stalling, The Rock finally accepted Goldberg’s challenge on Raw via satellite. On the next Raw episode, the feud intensified as The Rock held another segment entitled The Rock Concert. He introduced Gillberg, a wrestler whose gimmick was to parody Goldberg.

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, enters the ring to talk smack about his upcoming opponent John Cena during the WWE Raw event at Rose Garden arena in Portland, Ore., Monday, February 27th, 2012. (Photo by Chris Ryan/Corbis via Getty Images)

Goldberg made his way to the ring but The Rock hit “The Rock Bottom” on him.

Goldberg defeated The Rock in his debut match

Early into the match, The Rock delayed the match at ringside with mocking and insulting. Finally when The Rock entered the ring, Goldberg performed a Rock Bottom to gain the advantage and mock him in return.

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After some back and forth, both men were fighting to win. Towards the end, The Rock performed two spine busters, a Rock Bottom, and a People’s Elbow on him for a near-fall. However, Goldberg retorted and delivered two spears and a Jackhammer for the pinfall.

After this match, The Rock left WWE to focus on his acting career. Goldberg began a feud against Chris Jericho during Jericho’s first episode of the Highlight Reel. Jericho stated that no one wanted Goldberg, sparking a feud between the two wrestlers.

Watch the full match between The Rock and Goldberg below –

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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