Bill Goldberg will make his WWE return at Monday Night Raw on 17 October after 12 years of absence from the ring. The former WCW and WWE world heavyweight champion retired following his fight with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMaina 20, which the 49-year-old wrestler won.

At Raw's latest episode when the Beast Incarnate's advocate Paul Heyman challenged Goldberg on behalf of the 39-year-old wrestler for a rematch, he took to Twitter and said that he would answer Lesnar's challenge next week in Denver.

"Booking my flight to answer that big mouth [Paul Heyman]'s challenge next week in person on #MondayNightRaw #WhosNext?" Goldberg wrote.

The latest development comes after it was reported that Goldberg and Lesnar are "in heavy negotiations" with WWE for their big fight. Sources had told Wrestling Observer that "such a match was either finalised or at least in heavy negotiations".

Meanwhile, former WWE commentator Jim Ross said that the fight between the two superstars could take place at SurvivorSeries pay-per-view (PPV), which is to take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 20 November.

"Another source says that @Goldberg vs @BrockLesnar is a done deal and that it will likely go down at #SurvivorSeries. If true, bravo @wwe," the Hall of Famer wrote on Twitter.

Previously, in an interview with Fanatics View Originals, Goldberg had said that he might make his WWE return with a fight against Lesnar.

"I don't know, can I still do this? Man, I still can do it at 49. Brock, you're next," Goldberg said as he ripped a shirt with Lesnar's name on it.

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Bill Goldberg's last fight was against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania in 2004 JP Yim/Getty Images