Lillian Garcia welcomes Bobby Lashley to the show.
Garcia asks Lashley about working with Umaga, Vince McMahon and Donald Trump at WrestleMania 23. He points out that be involved in that angle and match was a very cool experience. He’s unsure if he was WWE’s first choice for that role, but once he was chosen he did everything he could to make it the best it could be. He points out that it was impossible to know at the time that he was working with the future President of the United States, but that certainly puts an exclamation point on the event now in hindsight.
Lashley informs that he was a shy kid growing up. He was also very nervous about making his WWE debut many years ago. He informs that his WWE debut sort of came out of nowhere, and Paul Heyman was actually the person who came to get Lashley backstage prior to his debut. He told Heyman that he was nervous, but Heyman told him to put that aside and own the moment.
Lashley points out that as a performer you can be nervous for weeks prior to a big match and the anxiety could kill you, but in a split second that moment will be over and then it’ll all be forgotten. He had to change his mindset to realize that he was living his dream, and when you get into that state of mind it’s impossible to be nervous.
Lashley admits that he was never really comfortable with public speaking. He thinks that derives from his time in the military when he was basically told to shut up and train. His athleticism and strength seems to come naturally, but talking in front of crowds and cutting promos is always work for him. He’s able to combat that struggle by simply taking the scripts he’s given, and going to the ring and making it happen.
Lashley mentions that he’d love to be a heel at some point again in the future. He thinks there are a number of great babyfaces on the roster that he’d be able to have a great program with as a heel. He points out that Roman Reigns is the top guy in WWE, and it was great working a program with him recently. Lashley thinks that if he was a heel, he’d be able to get Reigns all the way over as a babyface.
He notes that some people were critical of them working together prior to their two matches. He points out that some fans really look forward to the potential “match of the night”, but sometimes it’s great to just see two big guys beating each other up. He knew that some fans thought the live audience would boo their matches, but he was sure that when he and Reigns got to the ring they’d be able to captivate the audience and hold their attention.
Lashley admits that he’d love to be in the Universal Title match at SummerSlam with Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Fans have been asking for a match between him and Lesnar for a long time, and Lashley hopes that can happen at some time in the future. He points out that he’s never really had a dialogue with Lesnar, even though they’ve been compared to each other for years.
Garcia asks Lashley about his plans for SummerSlam. Lashley points out that he’s not sure what he’ll be doing at SummerSlam at the moment. He jokes that he’ll be in catering at some point, and we’ll see what happens from there. He adds that he’s been working with Elias a bit as of late, so perhaps WWE has something in mind for both of them at SummerSlam.
Garcia asks Lashley what made him want to try mixed martial arts. Lashley points out that you only live once, and after leaving WWE the first time he really wanted to challenge himself. He wanted to put himself in uncomfortable positions and MMA certainly did that.
Garcia asks Lashley about his future goals in the wrestling business. Lashley says he wants to continue to pay his dues, win Championships, become a household name as well as a future Hall of Famer at some point down the line. Garcia points out that Lashley has a great attitude and a tremendous work ethic, and she thinks he’s well on his way to accomplishing those goals.
That sums up this week’s episode of Chasing Glory. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!