Bobby Lashley recently made an appearance on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia to talk about various topics Here are the highlights.
Debuting on Smackdown and getting mentored by Paul Heyman:
“The first time when I debuted on Smackdown, I was not supposed to debut. There was nothing going on, I was just one of the OVW guys that were on the road. So they let me go on the road, do a couple house shows and that was it, I was not supposed to be brought up. And then it goes to TV and I was in catering because there was no way I was doing anything and then someone says, ‘Hey, you have a match tonight’. Immediately my heart starts racing, I was like, ‘Huh? What? What are you talking about?! Me? I’m not supposed to do it!’ But then when I went over there I kind of stepped back in the back and you know what? The person that got me was Paul, Paul Heyman. As crazy as this is, he came and talked to me because he mentored me back in OVW when I was in OVW, he was a writer there and he was the one that talked to me and got to know me. He just walked over to me with that smug little grin that he always has on his face and looked at me and goes, ‘You nervous?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah I’m nervous, what are you talking about? There’s 17,000 people here! I just started wrestling!’ And he goes, ‘The only thing you’re really nervous about is and the only thing that messes you up is this whole anticipation act. When they call your name, you’re going to have to go out and I know you’re going to do great and you’re going to be excited and you’re going to come back and be like, man why did I kill myself before?’ he said, ‘If you can handle this stuff now, the rest is easy.’”
Transitioning to MMA:
“MMA for me, it was something that I needed to challenge myself. I need to challenge myself at all points in time and when I came out of the WWE, that was such a high that to challenge myself at something so low wouldn’t work for me. I needed something that was really going to challenge me in an uncomfortable situation and fighting definitely puts you in an uncomfortable situation. You go through and you’ve never boxed before and you have to go to a boxing coach and he’s sitting there teaching you how to move your feet. It kind of humbles you and makes you hungry to learn and after you learn, you can actually test your learning on a mainstage. It was a lot of different things for me.”
His future goals:
“I want to be a household name. I want to be a future hall of famer in wrestling. I want to pay my dues, I want to travel around the world, I want to impact people, I want to have titles, I want to set records that haven’t been broken before, with the universal title and myself. There’s a lot of different things, but at the end of the day, I want to have the respect from some of the people that I wrestled with and say, ‘You know what, I really enjoyed wrestling with Bobby.’ I want to have the fans come and say, ‘You know what, that was awesome what he did. He left, came back 10 years later and still was on the top, still set records, and was able to get back afterwards.’”