Bobby Lashley has discussed The Undertaker’s recent controversial comments regarding wrestling in this era and says he agrees with the WWE legend.
Appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience commented that he felt today’s wrestling was “soft” in comparison to when he started out.Since then, several wrestlers have commented on this including WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and the 2021 men’s Royal Rumble winner, Edge.
Speaking to ESPN’s Cheap Heat podcast, current WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley was asked about the comments.
“Yeah, I don’t wanna say I agree with him completely — actually I can because it’s Taker. I can say I agree with him. So, I agree with him. You know what? That’s what The Hurt Business is about. I mean that’s why we came about because we were like, ‘What are we?’ And I was like, ‘We’re different from this generation.’”
“Our generation came up — when I was in OVW about to go up on the road, everybody was warning us. They were like, ‘Man, you know JBL, you got Chris Benoit, you have Bob Holly, you have Undertaker, you have Booker T.’ All these guys, not one of these guys are punks. Fit Finlay, [William] Regal, not one of these guys have an ounce of punk in them. So, we were all like that’s our generation so coming in now, we were like, ‘We can’t do this generation. We can’t do what this generation is doing, we don’t wanna do what this generation is doing. We need to put our style on this generation’ and our style is bring ‘em in the ring and beat ‘em up, and if they can’t make it, they can’t make it because we gotta protect this business.”
The All-Mighty continued:
“Before when I was coming up, all the guys used to say they were beating up the guys coming up because they said they had to protect the business. They had to make sure these guys had the heart to it, we [don’t] want guys in the locker room crying. We don’t want guys that are always b******g and bellyaching and everything like that. We beat ‘em up and we kick ‘em out, and some of the guys when we do that in the ring, you can do your little flippies and jumpies and all that stuff. I’m just gonna grab you, throw you down and beat you up.”
Bobby Lashley first made his WWE debut in 2005, 3 years after current Hurt Business stable mate Shelton Benjamin and a year before the group’s spokesperson, MVP.
Lashley returned to WWE in 2018 after a ten-year absence.Since his return, in addition to being the current US Champion, Lashley has also held the Intercontinental Championship twice.
Credit: ESPN Cheap Heat
h/t Post Wrestling for the transcription