Bobby Lashley was interviewed on the Table Talk podcast and he covered a ton of subjects including TNA, being paired with his good friend MVP, Brock Lesnar and much more.
Here are some highlights:
What was MVP’s role when he came back to WWE: “When he came here, I think MVP was coming to do a VIP lounge as a favor for somebody. He had a son and he wanted his son to see him under the lights one time. When he came in, Paul Heyman came over to me and said what do you think of MVP. I said it was a no brainer. I would like to work with MVP. What are we going to do? He said, I don’t know but I think it will be good. Me and MVP are good friends and whatever we do is more natural, which is contradictory to anything I did before. I think right now it is working well and it is going to be much better.”
Lashley explained how he won the TNA Title: “It was me, MVP, and Kenny King. The chemistry between the three of us was perfect. Kenny King used to always start the fight. MVP would be cutting a promo. Kenny King would say, I’m tired of talking and he would go over there and of course, Kenny King wasn’t beating anybody up. He would try, but I would come there as the cleaner. I think what was supposed to happen, when we first got together, it was supposed to be me, MVP and Kenny King. MVP was running the mic. He was running his mouth. He was going for the title. I think it was something where me and Kenny King were supposed to help him get the title. Then, MVP went to the U.K. to do an independent show and blew out his knee. We were already running, so they said we have to put the title on Bobby. It worked out well. When MVP came back, he and I had a little bit of a feud. At that time, it was great. I worked Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Drew, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, I mean, I was going through everybody. It was good.”
If you leave WWE, are you planning on going back to MMA: “It depends on how long this ride goes. I have a job right now. If I do leave, 100% I will fight again.
If you are done with wrestling. You’re finished. Would you go back to MMA or something different than fighting: “Every one of them have an expiration date. Fighting is going to get to a point where I won’t be able to fight anymore. What I tried to do, what I’ve done with myself up to this point, is I developed a business outside of wrestling. I don’t necessarily have to work when I quit. If I’m not fighting, I’ll just keep doing my houses. I flipped a lot of houses. I have a lot of rental properties right now. I would continue on that route. I have investments that I put my hands in. I have stocks set away. So, I have a lot of cushion set away. I don’t have to be one of those guys that go to every convention to get extra money here and there. I’m going to do the things I want to do. I’m still going to connect with the wrestling fans because, 15, 16, 17 years in the business, there is a lot of connection there. I’m still going to do the major shows. Hopefully, I’ll be able to build my character up good enough this time on this run with WWE that I could maybe hit the Saudi shows, or the special shows, or special guest shows. That guy that comes back like Goldberg would come back, Taker and Booker and some of these guys would come back to do matches here and there. I’d like to keep myself in good enough shape that I can come back for those.”
Will there be a match with you and Brock Lesner: “I haven’t talked with Vince, but I think at one point in time, there was some talk about maybe teasing it and seeing where it went. But, at the time, he was knee deep in a feud with Roman, and then Seth was coming behind him. They already had things lined up for him. I think if anytime, it is now. Now is a really good time. I think I’ve done all the paying dues stuff that I’ve done since I’ve been back. I think my character is starting to develop a little more into being who I am. I get to finally beat people up. I don’t have to lay down to people that are 100 pounds less than me that shouldn’t really even be in the room with me, let’s put it that way.”
Have you ever been uncomfortable in storylines: “Yes. Absolutely. There are certain things you have to do in the wrestling business where you do what’s best for the show. I don’t know if it was best for the show. When you come back and you pay your dues and you say you will do whatever it takes to be on the roster, sometimes there are things that might not be the most favorable things to do. It wasn’t so uncomfortable. The only thing that was uncomfortable for me was there was a brief time in my career as I came back that my kids would come with me to everyone of the shows, sit in the front row, I’m watching them following it online and there was a time when none of that happened. I wasn’t bringing them to shows. They weren’t watching the show for a while and it was a little uncomfortable. Certain things, I didn’t want my kids to sit in front of the TV for certain episodes. I talked with them. It was a hard talk with them about it and my kids are cool. My kids are awesome. My kids are incredible. I think with open dialogue, anything can be worked out. But, at the end of the day, it’s TV. If you start blurring the lines between everything and confusing people with TV and reality, then it becomes a problem. But not me. If I got a movie line today that I had to do something that was a little bit risque or a little different, I think I would be ok with it depending on what it was.”