On December 27, 1998, Kevin Nash challenged Goldberg to a No Disqualification match for the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Heavyweight Title at the promotion's Starrcade pay-per-view (PPV).
Nash would defeat Goldberg (thanks to Scott Hall and a cattle prod) and end his kayfabe winning streak at 173 matches. Fortunately it was a big enough deal to overshadow a wretched card that got slammed in the media.
Hopes that WCW would finally present a competently booked pay-per-view to close out the disastrous year on a positive note were hastily crushed as the Luger - Steiner and Bigelow - Hall matches were scratched from the card though all four men were in attendance. In their place, Billy Kidman put up the Cruiserweight belt in an thrilling impromptu bout against Eddie Guerrero, Norman Smiley fought Prince Iaukea and the team of Scott Norton and Brian Adams took on the absurd pairing of Jerry Flynn and Fit Finley. Repetitious interview segments, video packages, abandoned angles and ring legend "Nature Boy" Ric Flair jobbing to WCW Vice-President Eric Bischoff in a grudge match rounded out another pay-per-view version of WCW's weekly Monday Night Nitro television broadcast.
Video of Goldberg's streak meeting its long-overdue demise, after the jump.
How about it Cagesiders, which side of the streak were you on?