William Scott Goldberg (born December 27, 1966) better known by his ring name Bill Goldberg (or simply Goldberg), is an American professional wrestler best known for his tenure in World Championship Wrestling from September 1997 to January 2001. He also wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment from March 2003 to March 2004, and was World Heavyweight Champion in both promotions. Before he was a professional wrestler, Goldberg was a college and professional football player. He was also a commentator for the now-defunct mixed martial arts promotion EliteXC. Championships and accomplishments Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1998) PWI Rookie of the Year (1998) PWI ranked him #2 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1998. World Championship Wrestling WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times) WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bret Hart World Wrestling Entertainment World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards Rookie of the Year (1998) vs Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: [bə'nwɑ]) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who, in 2007 received extensive media coverage as a result of being the perpetrator of a double-murder suicide in which he killed his wife and child, then himself, over the span of a weekend. In professional wrestling, he is best known for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and most notably, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Benoit is officially recognized as a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, five-time United States Champion, four-time Intercontinental Champion, three-time WCW Television Champion, seven-time World Tag Team Champion, as well as the winner of the 2004 Royal Rumble. Benoit was generally regarded as one of the most popular, respected and technically gifted performers in the history of professional wrestling. Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their Fayetteville, Georgia home on June 25, 2007. Authorities confirmed that Benoit killed his wife and son, and subsequently hanged himself. WWE officials had alerted police after Benoit missed several live appearances, including Vengeance: Night of Champions on June 24, 2007. In late 2007, WWE executive Stephanie McMahon confirmed that Benoit, who was a performer on WWE's ECW brand at the time of his death, had been booked to win the ECW Championship at the event. Championships and accomplishments Cauliflower Alley Club Future Legend Award (2002) Catch Wrestling Association CWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dave Taylor Extreme Championship Wrestling ECW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dean Malenko New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time) Super J Cup Winner (1994) Top of the Super Juniors (1993) Best of the Super Juniors (1995) Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI Feud of the Year (2004) vs. Triple H PWI Match of the Year (2004) vs. Shawn Michaels and Triple H PWI Wrestler of the Year (2004) PWI ranked him # 1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2004. Stampede Wrestling Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship (4 times) Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Ben Bassarab (1), Keith Hart (1), Lance Idol (1), and Biff Wellington (1) Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame Universal Wrestling Association WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)1 Benoit's five United States Heavyweight Championship reigns (two in WCW; three in WWE) are tied for the most in history. World Championship Wrestling WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times) WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) WCW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Dean Malenko (1) and Perry Saturn (1) WCW World Television Championship (3 times) World Wrestling Federation | World Wrestling Entertainment World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kurt Angle WWE United States Championship (3 times) WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (4 times) WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Chris Jericho (1) and Edge (2) Royal Rumble (2004) Twelfth Triple Crown Champion Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards 5 Star Match (1994) vs. Great Sasuke at Super J Cup Best Brawler (2004) Feud of the Year (2004) vs. Triple H and Shawn Michaels Best Technical Wrestler (1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004) Most Underrated (1998) Most Outstanding Wrestler (2000, 2004) Match of the Year (2002) with Kurt Angle vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2003)* Benoit underwent a special recall election in 2008 due to the double murder-suicide of his wife and son. The recall was supported by a majority of 53.6% of voters, but was below the 60% threshold necessary to remove him. 1. ^ Benoit's reign with the championship isn't officially recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment. No reign prior to December 1997 is recognized by the promotion.