I'm Next: The Strange Journey Of America's Most Unlikely Superhero

by Bill Goldberg, Steve Goldberg

November 7, 2000 | Hardcover

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Goldberg is a one-man ass-kicking machine. He''s as exciting a superstar as the wrestling world has ever seen and when he was finally beaten, it took three guys and a cattle prod to do it. I''m Next is the high-energy, exciting, and hilarious story of how he went from unemployed football player to undefeated World Champion in just eighteen short months.

Goldberg chronicles his rocketlike rise to wrestling stardom from his "upset" win against Hugh Morrus in his first-ever televised match, to winning the U.S. title against Raven, to jackhammering living legend Hulk Hogan for the pin and the world title.

Best of all, you''ll get to hear Goldberg''s real opinions about other wrestlers. You won''t believe what he has to say about guys like Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, the Rock, and Scott Hall.        

I''m Next also covers Goldberg''s life from the time when he had a first name. Growing up, Bill Goldberg never wanted to become a wrestler. All he wanted to do was play professional football. And he did . . . until a 330-pound offensive lineman nearly separated his private parts from his torso. He was forced to reinvent himself in a radical way -- especially for a guy whose parents were a Harvard-educated doctor and a classical musician. He became a professional wrestler.

But Bill didn''t just become Goldberg overnight. He trained at the legendary WCW Power Plant, where stars are made and dreams are shattered. In I''m Next he tells the whole story of his character''s creation -- the bald head, the gloves, the tattoo, and the genesis of his famous battle cry, "You''re next!"

He also talks about the hectic life of a wrestler on the road. You''ll see him at major sporting events hanging out with guys like Brett Hull, Shaquille O''Neal, and Bill Elliot. You''ll follow him as he takes batting practice with Mark McGwire and drinks from the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils.

What emerges is a picture of a complicated man on a strange and unlikely journey. One minute he''s delivering a spear that would stop a charging rhino, and the next he''s delivering a speech to the United States Congress on behalf of the Humane Society.

I''m Next is the inside story of what really goes on behind the curtain in professional wrestling. And you''d better believe that the soap opera story backstage is more bizarre than what you see in the ring. Bill Goldberg is a man of intensity who tells it like it is. And he shows it, too, through dozens of never-before-seen photographs from his personal collection.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages

Published: November 7, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609607804

ISBN - 13: 9780609607800

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I'm Next: The Strange Journey Of America's Most Unlikely Superhero

by Bill Goldberg, Steve Goldberg

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages

Published: November 7, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609607804

ISBN - 13: 9780609607800

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Flashback The world was a blur. All I could make out was the glare of the lights above the ring. As my senses were returning, Kevin Nash''s leathery crotch came into focus. Using a real cattle prod was my idea. If I was going to lose, it was going to look as realistic as possible, but when I ate the voltage I knew why those big beasts were so cooperative. As the crowd started to chant "Goldberg. Goldberg. Goldberg," I lay there wondering what the hell I was doing flopping around the ring like a fish in a Speedo. I wasn''t even really hearing the crowd for the first time in my professional wrestling career, their rallying chant was wasted breath. The mighty Goldberg''s 175-match streak was about to end. Something else was filtering into my brain, and I distinctly remember the words. "Whatever you do, do not become a professional wrestler." You''re Going to Be a What? "Don''t worry," I said to my girlfriend, Lisa, "becoming a wrestler is the last thing I''d ever do." As one of the original Diamond Dolls (the precursors to the Nitro Girls) of World Championship Wrestling, Lisa had escorted such luminaries as Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page, and Arn Anderson into the ring. She knew the ropes of professional wrestling, and she wanted to keep me out of the ring and away from the soap-opera-like atmosphere. Two years later, I was recovering from surgery and trying to figure out my life when I figured a trip hack to my college town of Athens, Ge
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Goldberg is a one-man ass-kicking machine. He''s as exciting a superstar as the wrestling world has ever seen and when he was finally beaten, it took three guys and a cattle prod to do it. I''m Next is the high-energy, exciting, and hilarious story of how he went from unemployed football player to undefeated World Champion in just eighteen short months.

Goldberg chronicles his rocketlike rise to wrestling stardom from his "upset" win against Hugh Morrus in his first-ever televised match, to winning the U.S. title against Raven, to jackhammering living legend Hulk Hogan for the pin and the world title.

Best of all, you''ll get to hear Goldberg''s real opinions about other wrestlers. You won''t believe what he has to say about guys like Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, the Rock, and Scott Hall.        

I''m Next also covers Goldberg''s life from the time when he had a first name. Growing up, Bill Goldberg never wanted to become a wrestler. All he wanted to do was play professional football. And he did . . . until a 330-pound offensive lineman nearly separated his private parts from his torso. He was forced to reinvent himself in a radical way -- especially for a guy whose parents were a Harvard-educated doctor and a classical musician. He became a professional wrestler.

But Bill didn''t just become Goldberg overnight. He trained at the legendary WCW Power Plant, where stars are made and dreams are shattered. In I''m Next he tells the whole story of his character''s creation -- the bald head, the gloves, the tattoo, and the genesis of his famous battle cry, "You''re next!"

He also talks about the hectic life of a wrestler on the road. You''ll see him at major sporting events hanging out with guys like Brett Hull, Shaquille O''Neal, and Bill Elliot. You''ll follow him as he takes batting practice with Mark McGwire and drinks from the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils.

What emerges is a picture of a complicated man on a strange and unlikely journey. One minute he''s delivering a spear that would stop a charging rhino, and the next he''s delivering a speech to the United States Congress on behalf of the Humane Society.

I''m Next is the inside story of what really goes on behind the curtain in professional wrestling. And you''d better believe that the soap opera story backstage is more bizarre than what you see in the ring. Bill Goldberg is a man of intensity who tells it like it is. And he shows it, too, through dozens of never-before-seen photographs from his personal collection.

From the Jacket

Goldberg is a one-man ass-kicking machine. He's as exciting a superstar as the wrestling world has ever seen and when he was finally beaten, it took three guys and a cattle prod to do it. I'm Next is the high-energy, exciting, and hilarious story of how he went from unemployed football player to undefeated World Champion in just eighteen short months.

Goldberg chronicles his rocketlike rise to wrestling stardom from his "upset" win against Hugh Morrus in his first-ever televised match, to winning the U.S. title against Raven, to jackhammering living legend Hulk Hogan for the pin and the world title.

Best of all, you'll get to hear Goldberg's real opinions about other wrestlers. You won't believe what he has to say about guys like Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, the Rock, and Scott Hall.        

I'm Next also covers Goldberg's life from the time when he had a first name. Growing up, Bill Goldberg never wanted to become a wrestler. All he wanted to do was play professional football. And he did . . . until a 330-pound offensive lineman nearly separated his private parts from his torso. He was forced to reinvent himself in a radical way -- especially for a guy whose parents were a Harvard-educated doctor and a classical musician. He became a professional wrestler.

But Bill didn't just become Goldberg overnight. He trained at the legendary WCW Power Plant, where stars are made and dreams are shattered. In I'm Next he tells the whole story of his character's creation -- the bald head, the gloves, the tattoo, and the genesis of his famous battle cry, "You're next!"

He also talks about the hectic life of a wrestler on the road. You'll see him at major sporting events hanging out with guys like Brett Hull, Shaquille O'Neal, and Bill Elliot. You'll follow him as he takes batting practice with Mark McGwire and drinks from the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils.

What emerges is a picture of a complicated man on a strange and unlikely journey. One minute he's delivering a spear that would stop a charging rhino, and the next he's delivering a speech to the United States Congress on behalf of the Humane Society.

I'm Next is the inside story of what really goes on behind the curtain in professional wrestling. And you'd better believe that the soap opera story backstage is more bizarre than what you see in the ring. Bill Goldberg is a man of intensity who tells it like it is. And he shows it, too, through dozens of never-before-seen photographs from his personal collection.

About the Author

Bill Goldberg prides himself on being the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of professional wrestling. Bill and his multiple personalities reside in northern Georgia and southern California. He is but a simple man who head-butts his refrigerator to open it in the morning. Yeah, right.

Steve Goldberg has written a slew of menus, but this is his first book. He resides by the sea, north of San Diego, with his wife and their cat and two dogs.

From Our Editors

He's been on the cover of TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly and every wrestling magazine. His compelling appearances on the WCW's Monday-night show "Nitro" reach more than 2.5 million viewers weekly. His loyal fans keep up-to-date on hundreds of unofficial Web sites. His merchandise outsells all WCW items. Now I'm Next tells Steve Goldberg's story, with plenty of fascinating behind-the-scenes details about pro wrestling. Goldberg never planned to be a wrestler. An NFL star with the Atlanta Falcons, he tore an abdominal muscle, ending his football career. He trained at the famous WCW Power Plant, won 174 matches and became a wrestling superstar.

Employee Review

The things that best describe wrestling superstar Goldberg are his resilient work ethic, and that he's a company man and an amazing athlete. I feel the book chronicles too much about his NFL career, instead of the wrestling and movie life that has made him a superstar. The book has lots of great pictures, and gives you an informative look behind the scenes of sports entertainment. It's interesting to read how a wrestler feels when he knows he is going to lose or become a bad guy. If you liked this book, then you'll enjoy Have A Nice Day and The Rock Says.
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