A former WWE Superstar has claimed that Vince McMahon fired Bobby Lashley over complaints about a payoff from a huge match.
Bobby Lashley’s initial run in WWE lasted between 2005 and 2008 – although he wrestled his last match for the company at that time in July 2007.
In the spring of 2007, Lashley was part of one of WWE’s biggest storylines at the time as he faced off with Umaga at WrestleMania 23 as part of the Battle of the Billionaires between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump.
Lashley was Trump’s representative in the match and his win over the Samoan Bulldozer meant that Trump was able to shave Vince McMahon’s head bald after the match.
During a virtual signing with Captain’s Corner, former WWE star The Sandman gave the reason that Bobby Lashley’s time in WWE came to an end soon after and it had to do with complaints over a half a million dollar payoff for the WrestleMania bout:
“Bobby Lashley was in that match [Battle of the Billionaires]. He got fired, you know why? Because he b*tched about getting half-a-million dollars for that match because Bobby Lashley could not wrestle a lick back then. Now he’s pretty good, but he couldn’t wrestle really good back then. He f*cking complained about getting half-a-million dude. Vince [McMahon] is like, you’re fired. Didn’t take him back for years… He’s over as sh*t now.”
Bobby Lashley returned to WWE in 2018 after a decade away and since his return, he has captured the Intercontinental, US, and WWE Championships.