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– by Michael Connally

WWE is certainly trying to pull out all of the stops, aren’t they? With their ratings in decline, one of the Big Four PPVs on the horizon, and needing to spark renewed interest in their products they’ve gone back to their tried-and-true formula of dusting off retired and semi-retired Superstars.

Goldberg recently came back and last night, in the latest escalation of his feud with Brock Lesner, finally got physical. The 49 year-old former mountain of a man ripped off hisshirt on WWE Raw last night, revealing how diminished his physique has become since leaving the squared circle, and got into a physical altercation with a bunch of security guards after Paul Heyman said that his son was going to start calling Lesner “daddy.”

You can view the entire altercation from last night’s WWE Raw right here:

Don’t get me wrong. Goldberg could still totally kill me. But he’s no longer the imposing physical presence he once was, especially when you look across the ring at the great white shark on two legs that Lesner is.

But while that’s what’s anchoring Raw these days, the folks running SmackDown aren’t exactly lying down either…

Rumors abound that tonight, during the 900th episode of SmackDown, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will appear on the show that owes its title to his old catchphrase. To add a rumor on top of that rumor, there’s also plenty of chatter around the idea of The Rock having a match at WrestleMania in April.

If he does end up popping up on the show tonight, he won’t be the only old Superstar getting dusted off for the big show as we already know that The Undertaker and Edge are set to appear on the broadcast.

While Edge will undoubtedly just be there in a promo capacity, since he’s no longer medically-cleared to wrestle these days, there’s tons of talk that Undertaker is going to kick off a feud against Randy Orton- who is said to be WWE’s top choice for Taker’s opponent at WrestleMania 33. Might that program get started tonight, and be a slow burn that takes us to the grandest stage of them all on April 2? 

We shall have to wait and see.

SmackDown Live airs tonight at 8/7c on the USA Network.