Duane Gill, better known by his ring name Gillberg, is an American professional wrestler. He is a former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the belt for 15 months, making him the longest reigning Light Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.
Gillberg was also responsible for (kayfabe) ending Marc Mero's career when the latter challenged him to a match, announcing to the crowd that he would retire from wrestling if he could not beat him. Gill won the match with some help from the J.O.B. Squad, and Mero left the WWF, although he did not legitimately retire as promised.
On November 17 1998, he became the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Christian on RAW is WAR. Shortly thereafter, Gill was given his most well-known gimmick: Gillberg, a parody of rival promotion World Championship Wrestling's top star Goldberg. When he became "Gillberg", the reported original plan was to have him lose 173 consecutive matches (parodying Goldberg's winning streak of 173 matches). His entrance included stage hands holding up sparklers (parodying Goldberg's pyrotechnics) and spraying the entranceway with fire extinguishers. His entrance was also accompanied by the fake sound of a crowd chanting "Gillberg." This was likely put in as a reference to the controversy over Goldberg's WCW entrance, wherein there was always a "Goldberg" chant. This chant was often thought to be piped in, though some fans at shows said it was real. Gill also had a dotted line "tattoo" on his right arm (parodying Goldberg's tribal tattoo). In addition, Gill would use the catchphrase "Who's First?", a reference to not only Goldberg's "Who's Next?" but the fact that Gill continuously lost match after match. He was a participant in the 1999 Royal Rumble, but was instantaneously eliminated by Edge. His only victory as Gillberg came on a February 13th, 1999 taping of Raw is War from Toronto's SkyDome, defeating Goldust with help from former J.O.B. Squad member The Blue Meanie, then known as Bluedust. After leaving the WWF, Gill continued to portray the Gillberg gimmick in some independent promotions.
While he still came to the ring with the belt, the Light Heavyweight Championship was basically forgotten, as Gill did not defend the title a single time on WWF television as Gillberg. After disappearing for over a year, Gill returned to the WWF for one match, losing the championship to the debuting Essa Rios, accompanied by Lita on a February 2000 edition of Sunday Night HEAT. He held the belt for 15 months, making him the longest reigning WWF Light Heavyweight Champion in history.
On the 15th Anniversary of RAW Gillberg returned and participated in the 15 Man Battle Royal, but was eliminated almost immediately by every superstar in the match.
To fit in with his imitation Goldberg gimmick, Gill would often finish matches with Goldberg's signature moves, as well as dropping many of the generic light-heavyweight maneuvers. Prior to becoming Gillberg, Gill would often use sneaky roll-up pins to pick up a victory.