WWE Champion Bobby Lashley has discussed the scenes at the ill-fated December To Dismember pay-per-view where he captured the ECW Championship.
Lashley debuted for WWE in September 2005 and just 15 months later he was the face of an entire brand when he captured the resurrected ECW Championship inside the Elimination Chamber. While this should have been a crowning moment in Lashley’s career, the pay-per-view it occurred on – December To Dismember – is remembered as a dismal affair.
Rumours of in-fighting at the very top of the company marred the event with Paul Heyman leaving his job in WWE just two weeks after the event. Heyman was reportedly vocal about CM Punk leaving the match as champion but WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had other ideas.
Now the man caught in the cross-fire Bobby Lashley has opened up on the experience from his point of view to Stone Cold Steve Austin on the Broken Skull Sessions. According to Bobby Lashley, at the time ignorance was bliss for him:
“I was so clueless to wrestling. I never looked at the dirt sheets, anything. I didn’t know anything. I’m out there just living in the moment. So when I got put into this, later on I realized how much hate, how much stuff was going on. I never knew. This is like years afterward I started reading this stuff and it was like Heyman made a comment on it somebody else did, and I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know all of this stuff was going on in the background.’ I thought it was just, me going out there and having fun. A lot of things in the wrestling business, I was just clueless to it.”
Lashley confirmed the rumour that Punk had been in line to win before saying the scene on the day of the pay-per-view was akin to mayhem:
“I think that I read that I was not supposed to win it. They wanted Punk to get the push at this time. I don’t know what it was. It was chaos that day. There was a lot going on.”
There is less controversy over Bobby Lashley’s current role at the top of WWE as WWE Champion. The All Mighty will defend that title against the evergreen Goldberg at SummerSlam.