Goldberg vs. Lesnar Set, Georges St-Pierre Still Under UFC Contract, Another WWE Return Likely

Bill Goldberg

- The big news from last night’s WWE Raw was that Bill Goldberg returned an accepted Brock Lesnar’s challenge for a match. As CJ reported, WWE didn’t specify when or where the match would take place but it’s widely believed that it will main event next month’s Survivor Series pay-per-view. The original plan was to do the match at Wrestlemania 33 with talks going back as far as mid-June that we uncovered exclusively here on Premium. The match Goldberg wanted was one against Lesnar but if that wasn’t going to be the case, he’d also expressed interest in matches against John Cena or Roman Reigns. The match with Lesnar is a go and has been fast-tracked to Survivor Series. A clip of Goldberg’s return is embedded in the video above.

- MEMBERS CONTENT: If you missed it yesterday, we’re running an exclusive story on a new proposed tournament coming to the WWE Network. We detail why Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are “gung ho” on it despite major changes to the format of the company, altering initial plans. You can read the story at this link. If you’re not yet a WNW Premium member, you’re missing out! We were the first publication to report plans for Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar, reporting the details in mid-June 2016. You can signup now AT THIS LINK.

- Additionally, Raw accepted Smackdown’s challenge for three Survivor Series matches at the pay-per-view next month.

- Next week, Kevin Owens will face Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho in a triple threat match and The New Day will face Cesaro & Sheamus in non-title bouts on next week’s Monday Night Raw in Minneapolis. Brock Lesnar will also appear live to react to Bill Goldberg.

- After this week’s WWE Raw, WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns beat Rusev and Seth Rollins beat WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens via disqualification when Chris Jericho interfered in two post-show dark match main events.

- Bubba Ray Dudley has continued to tease on social media that he will be back to WWE television soon. As we reported exclusive on WNW Premium on September 4, 2016, there was no heat on Bubba Ray when he wasn’t re-signed and he was expected to be brought back for a singles run at some point. The interest wasn’t there in Devon but he’s since transitioned to a producer role in the company.

- While Georges St-Pierre told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday that he had terminated his contract with UFC and is now a free agent, the UFC has denied that claim. In a statement sent out on Monday night, the UFC stated GSP remains under a contract with Zuffa, LLC and they plan to honor their agreement with him. They reserve their rights under the law to have GSP do the same. UFC president Dana White has continually said that he doesn’t believe GSP wants to fight again despite his desire to be placed back in the USADA testing pool.

- After nearly two years away from mixed martial arts, Nick Diaz could be returning to the octagon. UFC president Dana White told The Buzzer on FOX Sports that Nick is ready to go and wants to fight again. He stated he has to figure it out. Diaz (26-10) has not fought since UFC 183 in January 2015 when he originally lost to Anderson Silva by unanimous decision but was overturned to no contest when Silva tested positive for PEDs. Also, Diaz was flagged for marijuana metabolites, which ultimately resulted in an 18-month suspension and $100,000 fine. Nick Diaz still owes the Nevada Athletic Commission $75,000 and he must pay it by December 1, 2016 or prior to his first fight.

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