Very few WWE Superstars, if any, have enjoyed a stronger start to 2021 than Bobby Lashley.
He had reigned supreme until losing his United States Championship in a triple threat match at Elimination Chamber. Even after losing the title, despite never being pinned or submitting, Lashley made his presence known, beating down Drew McIntyre allowing The Miz to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase and win the WWE Title.
After defeating Braun Strowman on the 22nd February episode of Monday Night Raw, Lashley will now face the new WWE Champion for the title March 3rd.
Ahead of what could potentially be one of the bigger nights in his WWE career, Lashley spoke to Bleacher Report about his role in the Hurt Business, his best matches and new opportunity to win the WWE Title.
Prior to returning to the WWE in 2018 Lashley enjoyed an eye-catching run in IMPACT wrestling, winning numerous championships along the way. The former four-time IMPACT World Heavyweight Champion revealed that his time in IMPACT helped a lot when it came time to return to WWE.
“I think [that Impact run] helped out tremendously because once you come into WWE and they say you’re going to be a champion, there’s going to be some uncertainties and insecurities,” Lashley said about his time in Impact. “‘Am I able to carry that ball? Am I able to do it? Am I able to have those big matches with everyone?’ Because that’s what you need to do as a champion, and when I was in Impact, I had those opportunities.”
Lashley went on to explain how he now has a new confidence, something he also sees in Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre.
“There’s no question in my mind whether I should be on top or not,” Lashley said. “Some people already know it. You see Roman [Reigns] walk out there as the head of the table. He can’t even look down his chin is so high up. He has that confidence because he’s been in those matches with The Undertaker and Brock and all these different people. Same with Drew. Drew’s the same way. Drew can’t even see people that are under 6’5″ because he’s so high up right now, and he knows what he’s capable of doing. Not everybody has that.”
Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, The Dominator said that he sees his older, less successful WWE storylines as simply paying his dues.
Bobby Lashley is set to challenge The Miz for the WWE Title on Monday Night Raw, and you can read a preview of the upcoming show here.