Goldberg Returns to WWE, Accepts Brock Lesnar’s Challenge: ‘You’re Next … You’re Last!’ (Video)

Pro wrestling legend Goldberg made his triumphant return to the WWE this evening, appearing on the promotion’s flagship series “Monday Night Raw” following a 12-year hiatus.

The 49-year-old entered the ring to respond to a challenge laid down last week by Brock Lesnar’s “advocate” Paul Heyman. After a little hemming and hawing, Goldberg’s answer was as emphatic as the Denver, Colorado, crowd’s chants of both his name and “Holy S–t! Holy S–t!” (Yes, “This Is Awesome!” also made the cut.)

“I thought to myself, maybe I have one last ass-kicking in me … maybe I have one last Spear in me … maybe I have one last devastating Jackhammer in me,” Goldberg said. “So, Brock Lesnar, not only does that mean that you’re next, but most importantly, it means, Brock Lesnar, you’re last!”

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Watch video of Goldberg’s highly-anticipated return:

@BrockLesnar, not only does that mean YOU’RE NEXT … more importantly, it means BROCK LESNAR, YOU’RE LAST!” – @Goldberg #RAW pic.twitter.com/9ooRIHSvLi

— WWE (@WWE) October 18, 2016

The WWE may want to reinforce the ring for this one.

Lesnar-Goldberg II could theoretically take place in two weeks at “Raw” exclusive pay-per-view “Hell in a Cell,” but it will more likely hold for the January “Royal Rumble” or potentially even April 2017’s “WrestleMania 33.”

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Last week, Heyman had laid down this gauntlet: “Goldberg: You sir, are hereby challenged to a fight. One-on-one. Beast versus The Myth. Icon versus icon. Anywhere, any place, any time. Brock Lesnar versus Goldberg!”

“In Suplex City, you’re not Goldberg,” the mic-maestro concluded, “You’re ‘Next!’”

On this “Monday Night Raw,” Goldberg referred to promo-master Heyman as a “fat little stooge.” Lesnar himself will be in-house next Monday to respond to the response, likely setting the date. Even the coming “Survivor Series” could be in play.

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Goldberg is 1-0 versus Lesnar in their suddenly renewed rivalry — a fact that Heyman previously said keeps him and his killing machine up at night. So, double or nothing?

While Goldberg has long-since retired from the squared circle and shunned the limelight, Lesnar still wrestles part-time, in between real fights in the UFC. Goldberg is only back in this whole thing through promotions for new video game WWE 2K17.

Bill Goldberg really made his mark in old WWF competitor WCW, where he started an unbelievable (which is the perfect adjective, because wrestling is fake) 173-0. The massive grappler was incredibly strong and surprisingly agile in his day — not at all unlike the decade-younger Lesnar, who is perhaps even more reclusive than his elder. Goldberg did compete in WWE, but left amid some drama he copped tonight to causing.

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‘BrainDead,’ ‘American Gothic’ Canceled By CBS After 1 Season Each

CBS has axed summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” after one season each, TheWrap has learned.

Both dramas debuted to disappointing ratings this summer before coming to an end in September. Of the network’s scripted summer series, only “Zoo” remains on the air. The TV adaptation of the James Patterson novel was renewed for Season 3 in August.

Created by “The Good Wife” duo Robert and Michelle King and ordered straight-to-series last July, “BrainDead” came as part of CBS’s push into scripted fare for the summer. However, the Mary Elizabeth Winstead-led drama only managed 4.5 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in its June premiere.

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Corinne Brinkerhoff’s “American Gothic” fared even worse, with just 3.5 million viewers for it’s premiere despite a strong “Big Brother” lead-in.

By contrast the two-hour Season 2 premiere of “Zoo” was watched by 5.1 million people, up in total viewers from last season’s finale.

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The cancellations come the same day CBS handed out full-season orders to three of it’s new fall shows. “Bull,” starring Michael Weatherly; “MacGyver,” starring Lucas Till; and “Kevin Can Wait,” starring comedian Kevin James were all picked up by the network on Monday.

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Bravo SVP Development Lara Spotts To Become Showrunner Of ‘Odd Mom Out’

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Newswire: Amazon has already ordered another season of Bosch

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Freeform Orders Multi-Cam Pilot ‘Brown Girls’

Freeform has given a pilot order for the comedy “Brown Girls” from producers Shilpi Roy and Nastaran Dibai.

The multi-camera comedy follows the odd-couple duo of Rimmi, an Indian-American aspiring beauty vlogger, and Devi, a young woman who has recently emigrated from India.

Brought together by family, Rimmi and Devi instantly clash over their different views on modern life and love while slowly realizing they both have something to learn from each other.

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Roy (“Hipsterhood”) and Dibai (“Malibu Country,” “According to Jim”) co-wrote the pilot, with Dibai serving as executive producer alongside Tracy Katsky, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. Roy serves as co-executive producer.

“We love this odd-couple comedy not just because it is a sophisticated, funny show but we are thrilled to tell a story about part of the American experience that isn’t really on TV today,” said Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president, Programming & Development.

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The network previously ordered pilots for the single-camera comedy “Alone Together,” magazine drama “Issues” and mermaid thriller “The Deep.” The network’s current multi-camera lineup includes “Baby Daddy,” which was picked up for Season 6 in June, and “Young & Hungry,” which aired its Season 4 finale in August.

Freeform also has the single-camera comedy “Nicki,” based on the life of rapper Nicki Minaj, in the works. The comedy received a straight-to-series order from the network last year.

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