To warm up ahead of his fantasy warfare just got real match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, Goldberg had a few physical encounters in the ring. He beat up some developmental wrestlers dressed as security guards…where he tweaked his shoulder. He speared Paul Heyman. And, for his first interaction, he gave Rusev a Jackhammer…once he recovered from falling over.
The logic is undeniable. Put one of your up and coming stars with a bona fide legend to give the younger guy a rub. And then put him in a feud with comedy act Enzo and Cass over a penis. That’s how you get stars over!
And WWE seem committed to Rusev’s push, as on Saturday night at a live event in Mexico, he was squashed by a returning Brock Lesnar in The Beast’s first appearance since his shock Survivor Series loss.
Actually, I’ve gotten ‘giving younger guys the rub’ and ‘how to book a jobber’ mixed up…
Lesnar vs Rusev at the WWE house show in Mexico has been booked for months, way before Goldberg decided to wrestle more than one match and the Survivor Series squash finish was agreed upon. Before that happened, there were rumours that the Mexico match was WWE testing the waters for a babyface run for Rusev up against the super-heel Lesnar, who, back then, would’ve just beaten Goldberg two weeks prior. Plans changed, and this just ended up being Lesnar annihilating Rusev inside five minutes.
At the moment, the next time we know for sure that we’ll see Lesnar is somewhere in January’s Royal Rumble match. Goldberg’s next appearance, however, has now been announced for the first Raw of 2017 – with the venue now advertising him as scheduled to appear.
And they’re not the only WWE stars returning…
After being out since May with a knee injury, PWInsider are now reporting Tamina Snuka has been cleared to return as of this week’s TV tapings and is slated for the Raw brand. Which might mean Monday Nights will focus on more than just two women. But don’t count on it.
After getting down to his lowest weight since 1995, Big Show is also rumoured to be returning within the next month. He’s been working body slam matches with Braun Strowman on the house shows, so get ready for some tests of strength!
ScreenGeek are reporting that Sting – who announced his retirement during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech earlier this year – has said “[at this point], I don’t know”, about whether he’d return to WWE for another match.
And following his run in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, and making a surprise appearance at the NXT show in Osaka, Japan over the weekend, it looks like Tajiri is coming back too, according to his Twitter account via Google Translate:
“I gave you OK because I got OK from Regal GM yesterday ‘s NXT Osaka performance “You can publish it from tomorrow”. I will return to WWE early next year. 12/27 Kanemura Retirement box office will be the last game in Japan, and acupuncture activity will end in Japan this month. Thank you very much, everyone for 10 years! It is!”
It’s not a perfect translation, but there was some useable stuff in there. I hope the acupuncture activity is OK.
And while nothing has been revealed, Paige’s 60 day suspension for her second Wellness Policy violation is up this Friday. She won’t be able to wrestle anytime soon, though, as she underwent neck surgery during her time out.
What do you think of the returning WWE wrestler reports? Tell me how you clicked this article not expecting Tamina Snuka in the comments below.