Bobby Lashley says that his match against Goldberg at Crown Jewel represents a “passing of the torch” as he sees himself filling the Hall of Famer’s role in the future.
Ever since Bobby Lashley attacked Goldberg’s son in the aftermath of their clash at SummerSlam, the former World Champion has been on the war path. In the heated build-up to the bout, the two traded insults with Goldberg’s son, Gage also being dragged into the action.
At SummerSlam, Goldberg was defeated via referees stoppage due to a knee injury but it was what happened after the bell which sparked chaos. Gage jumped the barrier to get in the ring, only to be greeted by Lashley and the Hurt Lock. Despite the now former WWE Champion’s protestations that the clash was accidental, Goldberg was having none of it.
This led to a segment on Raw where the former Universal Champion appeared via satellite. In the promo Goldberg promised to hurt Bobby Lashley “real bad” before threatening to kill him. The following week, Goldberg returned to Raw and made the same promise in person.
This all led to the announcement of a No Holds Barred Match between the two at Crown Jewel.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio ahead of the clash, Bobby Lashley says he sees the match as a changing of the guard. The former WWE Champion admitted that he’s aiming to takeover Goldberg’s role in the future, where he turns up and just destroys people.
“I think I have the advantage. Across the board, I don’t see where he has the advantage in any kind of match. Goldberg is Goldberg and will always be Goldberg. He comes out there and destroys people, but I almost see this match as the passing of the guard. Eventually, I’m going to be slowed down and tired to an extent. I think I’m that guy who comes back to disrupt peoples shine when they are doing big things. I’ll come back and challenge the champ because I’ve established myself.
Through this matchup with Goldberg, it’s to establish myself on another level as that guy. Across that board, of course he has the opportunity to pull something out and catch a win over me but I think ultimately, it’s my time and he’s passing that Goldberg torch over to me where it’s now the Lashley torch and it’s Lashley that comes back to take out the champion in years to come,”
On the most recent episode of Monday Night Raw, the war of words between the two men continued. During a joint interview segment, Lashley said that he was untouchable in the ring, and would leave Goldberg begging for forgiveness. For his part the former Universal Champion reiterated his desire to kill his adversary.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.