It has become a rite of passage of sorts for pro wrestling fans, particularly those hoping to recapture the spirit of what first hooked them, to yearn for a throwback of nostalgia into the current product.And when it comes to the idea of fantasy booking a big-name celebrity return to WWE, the name Goldberg has continued to hover right near the top of many viewers lists for much of the 12 years since he walked away in 2004.Goldberg, 49, made his triumphant return Monday night, closing Raw with a 10-minute promo that answered Brock Lesnars challenge to a match -- presumably for the Survivor Series pay-per-view?on Nov. 20 -- with a resounding yes as the Denver crowd cheered his return.Brock Lesnar, not only does that mean that youre next, Goldberg said, but most importantly it means Brock Lesnar, youre last.When it comes to checking off all of the boxes with his performance, Goldberg was strong (as was WWEs steady build toward his performance in the final segment, interspersing his career highlights throughout). The former WCW champion, who ran off a fictional unbeaten streak of 173-0 upon his 1997 debut, reprised his famous ring entrance, from a long walk down a backstage hallway -- complete with current WWE superstars cheering him on -- to his emergence on the stage amid a storm of sparks and fireworks.Goldberg was just as strong on the microphone, protecting his tough image with equally tough talk while also putting over the real reason for his return: his wife and young son, who were seated ringside, had never seen him perform as a pro wrestler. His softer side was hammered home with a series of hugs and high fives to children in the front row, further establishing his role as a babyface in his upcoming feud.The distinction was an important one because of Goldbergs age and time away from the ring, which stands out as the greatest challenge WWE will face leading up to Survivor Series as it attempts to credibly build a believable case for his chances against Lesnar.Outside of the groan that came from Raw commentater Michael Cole announcing him as the greatest champion in WCW history, Goldbergs return drew positive reviews on social media and from the large pop he received inside the Pepsi Center on Monday. He acknowledged as much by interrupting the crowds chants of Goldberg! and holy s---! to say, It has been a long time, and you didnt forget.Lesnar was absent on Monday (his return was announced for next week in Minneapolis) and his advocate Paul Heyman provided a brief interview via satellite from WWE headquarters, just one week after initially challenging Goldberg on Lesnars behalf. This episode was all about Goldberg, who referred to Heyman as a fat little stooge and called out Lesnar for not having the balls to do it himself.The return offers Goldberg a chance to exit the company on a much brighter note than his WrestleMania XX victory over Lesnar, which was met with boos 12 years ago by a crowd knowing full well both superstars were set to leave the company.While Goldberg, who regularly trains in mixed martial arts, appeared to be in great shape, his true definition was strategically hid behind a heavy jacket -- which caused him to sweat uncontrollably. The true reveal of the rivalry will come the first time the two combatants lay hands on each other in the coming weeks, which can only help Raws attempt to regain must-see status after slipping behind in-house competitor SmackDown Live in the eyes of many fans.Goldbergs return didnt suspend time to the point where viewers felt transported back to 1998 all over again. But it didnt disappoint at any turn or badly expose the reality of a middle-aged mans return, which was important in terms of setting the stage.As things stand right now, Raw has our attention in a major way. But its how the WWEs creative team builds the feud over the next four weeks that will have just as big a hand in deciding the success of Goldbergs return as how he actually looks in his eventual return to the ring.Hits and missesFor as much as WWE attempted to build suspense as to whether Goldberg would accept Lesnars challenge, commercials that ran Monday in local markets promoting his future appearances (including the Oct. 31 episode of Raw in Hartford, Connecticut) didnt help matters.While Goldbergs return captured Raws headlines Monday, the most valuable performance within a single segment came from Rusev, who showcased his comedic chops to near perfection. Despite a questionable facial hair choice (full beard with no mustache or goatee), Rusev was red-hot for the second straight week on the microphone as he showed pictures of his family members to the crowd before insulting and attacking Roman Reigns. Rusevs comeback to Reigns of, Hey, hey ... you can disrespect my family all you want but you cant disrespect me, was the perfect summation of his characters genius.Seth Rollins attempt at making Sparkle Crotch a thing while insulting Chris Jericho was a noble one before it badly fell flat. But his diving neckbreaker off the middle rope against Jericho later on in their match was definitely worth a second look.The athleticism of @WWERollins on FULL DISPLAY in this clash with @IAmJericho! #RAW pic.twitter.com/1wFheNsutu- WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 18, 2016Speaking of Rollins, who faced off against Jericho for the second straight week, its becoming hard to avoid the feeling that his current feud with Universal champion Kevin Owens remains stuck in neutral. Unless next weeks triple-threat match including Jericho adds a significant wrinkle to the buildup ahead of Hell in the Cell, this has been very much an underwhelming feud between top superstars.Can we just pretend that that painfully awkward backstage segment (complete with a cringe-inducing high-five) between Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley never happened?Big E referring to Cesaro as Sheamus court-appointed tag-team partner was high comedy and an apt description. Dont look now, but The New Day appear to be completely back from a series of comedic missteps late in the summer. The shark has not been jumped.Cruiserweight Tony Nese isnt merely a bright spot in the WWEs newest division, hes arguably becoming its most must-watch in-ring performer. His 450 splash onto Rich Swann in their six-man tag-team match was no joke.An even darker heel turn from?Bo Dallas?on Monday was the best thing to happen to his character in years. Dallas not only put away Neville in a singles match with a series of stiff strikes (after surviving a breathtaking moonsault onto the floor), he turned on former Social Outcasts teammate Curtis Axel after the match and handed out a vicious beating. It has become much easier to Bo-lieve in a guy like Dallas who has gotten himself back into this good of shape. Its time for Bo to drop the rhyming, political signs and self-help gimmick in order to embrace his full potential on the dark side.Admittedly, three hours is a long time to watch wrestling in one setting. But did I hear correctly that the stipulation of an otherwise meaningless six-man tag team match between The Golden Truth?and Mark Henry against The Shining Stars and Titus ONeill was that R Truth would have to buy up all of Primo and Epicos fake watches if he lost? Look, Im a stickler for attention to detail as much as anyone, but how about we first give ONeills feud with former teammate Darren Young an actual ending before we start fighting over time shares and shady sidewalk sales.A pair of pre-taped sit-down interviews featuring Sasha Banks and Charlotte not only showcased a strong use of WWE Hall of Famer Lita, they brought to light just how far apart the two superstars are in their ability to cut a strong promo, as Charlotte won this portion of their rivalry by a landslide.Move of the nightJust when you thought it was becoming a bore to watch Braun Strowman absolutely steamroll a group of helpless jobbers, his destruction of the Mile High Trio reminded how fun it can be. 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- After getting a rude introduction to the NFL after losing their first 10 games as rookies in 2014, Derek Carr and Khalil Mack have put the Oakland Raiders at the top of the AFC just two years later.Carr came back from an injured pinkie to lead another fourth-quarter comeback and Mack had an interception return for a touchdown and a game-sealing strip sack that led Oakland to a 35-32 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.The Raiders (9-2) won their fifth straight game to remain tied atop the AFC with New England and are assured of a winning record for the first time since 2002.Weve come a long way, Mack said. Even then you cant really think about the past. All you can really focus on is stacking these wins up. Thats all we really care about as a team.Mack and Carr are the biggest reasons for the turnaround and for the latest win against the Panthers (4-7). But it didnt come easy despite the fact that Mack gave Oakland a 24-7 lead with an interception return for a score late in the first half.Carr got hurt while fumbling a snap on the second play from scrimmage in the second half and the Panthers scored 25 straight points to take a 32-24 lead.Carr answered with a touchdown pass to Clive Walford and 2-point conversion to Seth Roberts , and then drove the Raiders to Sebastian Janikowskis go-ahead field goal.Weve done it every single way. Its crazy, Carr said. Im just going to keep on believing. Im going to keep working hard. Hopefully, well have more ways for you. To be honest, I dont care how we do it.The Panthers had a chance to tie or win it but Greg Olsen dropped a third-down pass that would have put Carolina in field-goal range and Mack sacked Cam Newton and recovered the fumble to close out the victory for Oakland.Carolina dropped to 2-5 in games decided by eight points or fewer a year after going 8-1 in close games on the way to 15 regular-season wins and a Super Bowl appearance.Were just got to find ways, Newton said. For most of this year we have to come together and win these close games. Thats what it comes down to.Here are some other takeaways from the game:CLUTCH CARR: Carr led his fifth fourth-quarter comeback of the season and 10tth in his three-year career.dddddddddddd More than half of his 19 career wins have come in that fashion. This season, Carr has completed 80 of 118 passes (67.8 percent) for 1,109 yards (9.4 ypa), 10 TDs, one interception and a 122.5 passer rating when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter.I grew up a Kobe (Bryant) fan so that mamba mentality, Carr said.DISAPPOINTED FAN: There was one notable fan very disappointed in the result. Warriors star Stephen Curry watched the game from a suite, cheering for his hometown Panthers. After the game, Curry had to wear a Carr jersey after losing a bet.GOING FOR 2: After Denico Autry blocked the extra point following Carolinas first TD in the third quarter, coach Ron Rivera went for 2 unsuccessfully after the next two touchdowns. Those missed points kept Oakland down only eight after Benjamins touchdown and the Raiders managed to tie it when they got the 2-point conversion after Walfords score. Olsen lamented his dropped pass on the second conversion attempt.You have to catch the ball, he said. I have caught a lot of balls in this league and this team relies on me to make the plays and come to me when (the game) is on the line.ELITE COMPANY: Mack joined some elite company with his latest star performance. He had a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception and a touchdown. The last player to do all of that in the same game, according to ESPN, was Charles Woodson with Green Bay in 2009 against Detroit. Woodson was Macks teammate the past two years.Thats some great company right there, he said. C-Wood, thats big bro. We talk all the time. He tells me, `Its time for you to take over games. Fortunately I was in a position to do a little bit of that today.WHATS NEXT: The Panthers will stay in the Bay Area to practice at San Jose State before traveling to Seattle next weekend for a rematch of last years playoff game against the Seahawks. 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