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

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Crown Publishers, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 247 pages
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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 sportingevents 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.

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Bill Goldberg was one of the toughest wrestlers to ever complete in World Championship Wrestling, this guy debuted in September 1997 with a total of 173 victories that led him to win the United States ... Read full review

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This book talked about a professional wrestler and his journey to get where he was. This book is good book to just read when you have nothing else to do. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

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.

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