The Undertaker recently stated on Joe Rogan’s podcast that the modern pro wrestlers aren’t as tough as those from his era. He also criticized the current WWE product for being too ‘soft.’
Many have agreed and disagreed with The Phenom’s views. Now it seems a current WWE Superstar shares his sentiments.
While speaking on ESPN’s Cheap Heat podcast, Bobby Lashley said that he agrees with the Undertaker saying current pro wrestlers aren’t as tough.
Lashley explained how in older generations, there were Superstars such as Booker T, JBL and others who were not punks. Lashley added that no one wants wrestlers who cry in the locker room and b*tch about everything.
Yeah, I don’t wanna say I agree with him completely — actually I can because it’s Taker. I can say I agree with him. So, I agree with him. You know what? That’s what The Hurt Business is about. I mean that’s why we came about because we were like, ‘What are we?’ And I was like, ‘We’re different from this generation,’” said Lashley. “Our generation came up — when I was in OVW about to go up on the road, everybody was warning us. They were like, ‘Man, you know JBL, you got Chris Benoit, you have Bob Holly, you have Undertaker, you have Booker T.’ All these guys, not one of these guys are punks. Fit Finlay, [William] Regal, not one of these guys have an ounce of punk in them. So, we were all like that’s our generation so coming in now, we were like, ‘We can’t do this generation. We can’t do what this generation is doing. We don’t wanna do what this generation is doing. We need to put our style on this generation’ and our style is bring ‘em in the ring and beat ‘em up, and if that can’t make it, they can’t make it because we gotta protect this business
Before when I was coming up, all the guys used to say they were beating up the guys coming up because they said they had to protect the business. They had to make sure these guys had the heart to it. We [don’t] want guys in the locker room crying. We don’t want guys that are always b*tching and bellyaching and everything like that. We beat ‘em up and we kick ‘em out.
Lashley remains a dominant force in WWE as he is part of the Hurt Business faction.
h/t Post Wrestling for the quotes.