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Bobby Lashley on The Hurt Business: “The one thing we wanted to show is who we really are. None of us are thugs.”

Bobby Lashley stopped by the “Mack Mania” podcast this week to talk about how The Hurt Business wanted to be portrayed and the perception in which black athletes are viewed.

Bobby Lashley explaining how the Hurt Business wanted to be portrayed:

“The one thing we wanted to do because of how the black athlete is portrayed, especially in the wrestling business, is sometimes we have to go out there and dance,” Lashley said. “Sometimes we have to go out there and be a thug.”

“I have a son, and a lot of kids try to emulate and look up to wrestlers. The one thing we wanted to show is who we really are. None of us are thugs. I got a college degree. I graduated with honors. I got a good head on my shoulders.”

“When we come into work, we look professional,” Lashley said. “We don’t come in with sweats and everything like that. What we were trying to do was show the black athlete in a different light, and I think people really liked it because the synergy of all of us is real.”

“Basically with The Hurt Business, we were trying to show old school wrestling to this new school, you know, everything is PG, everything is cool moves and everything like that. We wanted to show hard hitting old school style wrestling. That’s where the Hurt came along. Where the Business came along was how we represent ourselves. We came out in suits. We came out clean. We make money. We make real good money as WWE performers, so we shouldn’t look like anything else but superstars. We wanted to show all that on TV and have a good look for us as black athletes.”

Lashley continued, “I think people really loved it. Even to this day, people are still asking me about The Hurt Business. It was something that was really cool and it was really cool for us.”

Lashley was asked if he thinks he changed the perception of how the black athletes are viewed:

“We just broke the surface,” he said. “There was so much that we could have done.”

“People were saying, ‘Well what about them or what about them?’ There’s all kinds of different scenarios that people were talking about. I think any of those scenarios would have been fun. It really would have been able to explain our group a little bit more. At the beginning, it was just a cool thing for people, like, man, these guys are pulling off their jackets and throwing some blows, but there was so much more we wanted to talk about.”

“With that being said, there are some other big things that happened after that. Big E won the title, so we opened up some doors. What I always say is we just want to make everything a norm. We don’t want to have to talk about, ‘Hey there’s a black champion.’ No, it’s just a champion. I don’t care if you’re black, white, Mexican, Asian, it doesn’t really matter. We just want to make it a norm,” Bobby continued. “We want to make everything a norm.”

“I think we did help that out and calm that down a little bit because there have been so many black champions that we don’t have to put that title before champion. I think there were a lot of positives with The Hurt Business, but at the end of the day, we’re on TV playing characters and it’s fun. It’s something that’s challenging, but something we enjoy doing.”

Bobby Lashley faces off against WWE Champion Brock Lesnar this Saturday at WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

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