Bobby Lashley recently reunited with an old partner on WWE Raw, when he formed an alliance with MVP. That led to Lashley challenging Drew McIntyre for the WWE Title at Backlash. Lashley lost, but he looked impressive in defeat.
Lashley sat down with D-Von Dudley, who is a Producer in WWE, on D-Von’s Podcast Table Talk to discuss how he was reunited with his old Impact teammate.
“Well, we did our little stint back in Impact. And it was one of those things that we threw together. And I thought it went really well when we were in Impact. I was excited, I think like — the chemistry we had was kind of natural. Because he and I were friends, so what we do on camera is just the same thing we do off camera, but they gave us this opportunity to play with it a little bit. When he came here, I think MVP was really just coming to do maybe a MVP Lounge, I think it was a favor from Rey, or a favor from somebody for an opportunity so he could get in there. He had a son, and he wanted his son to see him under the lights one time.”
“And then when he came in, Paul came over to me, Paul Heyman came over to me. And he was like, ‘What do you think about MVP?’ I was like, ‘it’s a no-brainer.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I would like to work with MVP. At what capacity, what are we gonna do?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, I think it’ll be good.’ And then every week after that, people kept coming up to me kind of saying something, but I didn’t know what it was gonna be. So I was always for it. Like I said, me and MVP are really good friends, and whatever we do is more natural. Which is contradicting to anything I did before. So I was completely for it. And I think right now, it’s working really well, and I think it’s gonna be go much better.”
One wrestler that Lashley would love to get into the ring with is Brock Lesnar. Lashley explained how now is the perfect time for this match to finally happen.
“When I first started, people were saying, ‘oh, that’s the Black Lesnar.’ No, but I understand you have to have some kind of comparison because we kind of had similar careers. I think it’s something that needs to happen. I was told, at one point in time, ‘This is Brock. You’re not at his level yet.’ I haven’t really talked about it with Vince or anybody, but I think at one point in time, there was talk about teasing it and see where it would go.”
“At the time, he was in a feud with Roman [Reigns] and Seth [Rollins] was coming in behind him. They already had things lined up for him. I think if there’s any time, it’s now. I think now is a good time. I’ve gotten through with all the paying dues with all the stuff that I’ve done since I’ve been back, and I think my character is starting to develop a little bit more to being who I am. I get to fight, I get to beat people up and I don’t have to lay down for guys that are 100 lbs. less than me that shouldn’t even be in the ring with me. Let’s just put it that way.”
Although Lashley wants to face Lesnar badly, he admits that the match would be much better with fans.
“Definitely, I think we should wait, If we knew when we’re gonna be out of it, we wouldn’t have to wait so much. I think with me and Brock, just even teasing it and just showing the training of he and I preparing to get to that thing. If you’re really gonna let us go, whether it’s an MMA fight or whether it’s a pro wrestling match, there’s considerable amount of training that he and I would both go through. There’s lots of different ways he and I would be training in similar ways that a lot of people would be interested in seeing.”
One storyline that Lashley admits he wasn’t always excited about was his partnership with Lana, which he admits he was concerned with his kids seeing it.
“There’s certain things you have to do in the wrestling business where it’s like you have to do what’s best for the show. I don’t know if it was best for the show. When you come back, you pay your dues and you say you want to do whatever it takes to be on the roster, sometimes there’s things that might not be the most favorable thing for you. It wasn’t that uncomfortable.”
“The only thing that was uncomfortable for me was that there was brief time in my career when I came back that my kids would come with me to every one of my shows, sit in front row, watch it and follow along online. There was a time when none of that happened where I wasn’t bringing them to shows, they weren’t watching it for a while and it was a little uncomfortable. Certain things like I didn’t want my kids sitting in front of the TV on certain episodes, but I talk with them. It was a hard talk with them. My kids are cool. My kids are awesome and incredible, so I think with open dialogue, anything can be worked out.”
“At the end of the day, it’s TV. If you start blurring the lines between everything and confusing people between TV and reality, then it becomes a problem but not me.”
Thank you to WrestlingInc for transcribing the quotes.
Matt’s Musings: I am all for a Lashley and Lesnar feud, especially if it means I never have to see Lana and Lashley make out again.