|Published : 19 Oct 2016, 14:06:42|
Wrestling legend Goldberg finally returns to Raw 12 years after walking away
It has become a rite of passage of sorts for pro wrestling fans, particularly those hoping to recapture the spirit of what first hooked them, to yearn for a throwback of nostalgia into the current product.
And when it comes to the idea of fantasy booking a big-name celebrity return to WWE, the name Goldberg has continued to hover right near the top of many viewers' lists for much of the 12 years since he walked away in 2004.
Bill Goldberg, 49, made his triumphant return Monday night, closing Raw with a 10-minute promo that answered Brock Lesnar's challenge to a match -- presumably for the Survivor Series pay-per-view on Nov. 20 -- with a resounding "yes" as the Denver crowd cheered his return.
"Brock Lesnar, not only does that mean that you're next," Goldberg said, "but most importantly it means Brock Lesnar, you're last."
The former WCW champion, who ran off a fictional unbeaten streak of 173-0 upon his 1997 debut, reprised his famous ring entrance, from a long walk down a backstage hallway -- complete with current WWE superstars cheering him on -- to his emergence on the stage amid a storm of sparks and fireworks.
Goldberg was just as strong on the microphone, protecting his tough image with equally tough talk while also putting over the real reason for his return: his wife and young son, who were seated ringside, had never seen him perform as a pro wrestler; according to a media report.