The gold stan­dard

Wrestler-de­stroy­ing Gold­berg is back for Sur­vivor Se­ries and he’s plan­ning to spear Brock Les­nar!

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He’s big. He’s bald. And he’s as bad as they come. Even at 49 years old, Gold­berg is still a one-man wreck­ing ma­chine and that’s some­thing Brock Les­nar and his big-mouth man­ager Paul Hey­man are go­ing to find out at Sur­vivor Se­ries. But can Gold­berg still cut it against some­one 10 years younger and a lot stronger?

RUSTY BUT READY

Only a fool would write off Wil­liam Scott Gold­berg even though it’s been 12 years since he re­tired. The for­mer NFL star foot­ball player and mixed mar­tial arts champ didn’t blink when he was chal­lenged by Brock and Paul to a match at Sur­vivor Se­ries in mid Oc­to­ber, and he used his sig­na­ture Jack­ham­mer fin­ish­ing move on Ru­sev on RAW at the end of Oc­to­ber. Ru­sev weighs 140kg and Gold­berg threw him around like a stuffed toy. “A lit­tle rusty, I know,” Gold­berg posted on his twit­ter ac­count @Gold­berg af­ter­wards.

SO WHY NOW?

Gold­berg and Brock have his­tory. They got into a scrap at Sur­vivor Se­ries in 2003 and were in each other’s faces at the 2004 Royal Rumble. And in what turned out to be both of their fi­nal matches in the WWE, Gold­berg used his Jack­ham­mer move to beat Brock at Wrestle­Ma­nia 20 in March 2004.

Fast­for­ward to 2016 and Brock is on the cover of the brand-new WWE videogame WWE 2K17… but so is Gold­berg... kind of. Fans who pre­ordered the game in early Oc­to­ber were lucky enough to get a ver­sion with Gold­berg as a bonus char­ac­ter and as a build up, the WWE had the two reignite their feud, trad­ing in­sults on their so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Why? Be­cause who doesn’t love a beloved for­mer Su­per­star com­ing back, dust­ing off the cob­webs and teach­ing the school-yard bully a les­son? And if this quote from Gold­berg is any­thing to go by, Brock could end up Jack­ham­mered into the WWE mat: “I hold my­self to a stan­dard that can never be reached. But I will go out and break my back try­ing – noth­ing will stand in my way. Noth­ing!”

SUR­VIVOR SE­RIES LINE-UP

Ru­mour has it The Un­der­taker will be re­turn­ing to the ring at the pay-per­view but it hadn’t been con­firmed when tv­plus went to print. But we do know that these matches will hap­pen at Sur­vivor Se­ries:

• Team RAW men vs Team Smack­Down men (5-on-5 elim­i­na­tion match) • Team RAW women vs Team Smack­Down women (5-on-5 elim­i­na­tion match) • RAW tag teams vs Smack­Down tag

teams (10-on-10 elim­i­na­tion match) • In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal champ Dolph Zig­gler is put­ting his ti­tle on the line but his op­po­nent is still to be an­nounced. ’Taker per­haps?

Gold­berg has re­turned! Brock and Paul Hey­man could be in trou­ble at Sur­vivor Se­ries…

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