WWE has sensationally announced that former World Heavyweight Champion George ‘The Russian Lion’ Hackenschmidt has been cleared to compete at this weekend’s Wrestlemania pay-per-view – in his first in-ring appearance since 1911.
The news comes as the latest unexpected competitive clearance of a long-retired superstar, following similar returns for Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan.
Fans had long assumed that Hackenschmidt – who died in 1968 – was done for good, but WWE’s top doctor Barbara Bush verified that the Russian strongman passed a recent physical examination.
George will now go on to team with NXT general manager William Regal, to face Theodore Long and The Rock on the Wrestlemania kick-off show.
WWE has denied accusations that its wellness examinations have become less exhaustive.