Drew McIntyre slayed Goldberg after a quick-fire and explosive WWE Title match at Royal Rumble.
The much-maligned veteran, 54, lost the Universal Title to Braun Strowman at WrestleMania 36 but appeared for the first time since to confront the Scotsman earlier this month.
He joined a host of icons in returning to WWE for the legends episode of Monday Night Raw – but the ex-WCW mega-star had more than just a cameo appearance on his mind.
McIntyre had defended his title against fellow powerhouse Keith Lee in the main event of the show.
The icon Goldberg marched to the ring afterwards to challenge McIntyre for the belt at the Rumble – a challenge quickly accepted by the Scotsman.
And despite McIntyre’s recent Covid-19 battles, he and the powerhouse wasted little time in getting down to business in a short and explosive war.
McIntyre headbutted Goldberg and hit him with a spear before the bell even rang and sent him outside the ring but the veteran managed to slam the champ into the steel steps before ramming him through a barricade.
The Scot was left writhing in agony on the outside as the challenger waited for him in the ring and for the match to start.
McIntyre had hurt his ribs but told the ref to ring the bell and instantly hit the legend with a kick and a Claymore.
But Goldberg kicked out, only the second man ever to do so after Brock Lesnar, and he soon missed another.
Goldberg landed another spear and then another but could only get a two-count after going for the pin.
The wounded champ was at the mercy of Goldberg, who picked him up and hit a jackhammer but once again the champ kicked out at two.
The challenger was stunned and began to show his frustration as he lined up another spear, but he missed and hit the turnbuckle as McIntyre quickly retaliated with a Claymore.
And this time it was enough to claim the win and retain his title – and Goldberg’s respect as he embraced and congratulated his rival afterwards.
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