Bobby Lashley has talked about the decision to break up The Hurt Business and kick former Raw Tag Team champions Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander out of the group.
The Hurt Business began when Lashley teamed up with MVP in May 2020. They soon added Shelton Benjamin to their ranks as they feuded with various stars on Raw. One of those stars was Cedric Alexander who eventually joined the group. They went on to have some success with Benjamin and Alexander becoming Tag Team Champions at the TLC event in December. Lashley had also held the WWE United States Championship since Payback in August.
The All Mighty would bring the ultimate prize to the group when on March 1st, Lashley won the WWE Championship from The Miz on Raw. Four weeks later, after Benjamin and Alexander lost a handicap match to Lashley’s WrestleMania opponent Drew McIntyre, the WWE Champion kicked them out of the group and proclaimed The Hurt Business to be over.
Off-screen MVP and Bobby Lashley were said to be so upset over the decision to split the group that they met with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon over the decision.
Speaking to Ryan Satin on the Out Of Character podcast, Bobby Lashley discussed the split and his feelings about it.
“It hurt my heart, to tell you the truth. It was something very special. In the wrestling business, it’s very seldom that really special things come together and you see so many people get behind it. Ultimately, business is business. Originally, the Hurt Business was started by MVP and myself. We brought people on that deserved a chance. They took it and ran with it, but the Hurt Business is not over. We’re just making some adjustments. In the next few weeks, we’ll see how those adjustments pan out.”
On the Raw after WrestleMania, two new members of The Hurt Business might have been revealed. Drew McIntyre defeated Randy Orton and Braun Strowman to earn a rematch with Lashley at WrestleMania Backlash in May. After that match, McIntyre was distracted by MVP before being attacked by T-BAR and Mace, formerly of RETRIBUTION.