WWE Champion Bobby Lashley Reveals Vince McMahon Always Pushed Him to Come Back to Pro Wrestling

Published 06/18/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


WWE Champion Bobby Lashley left WWE in 2008. He then went on to wrestle in Impact wrestling and dappled briefly in MMA. He worked with Bellator MMA for six years and was released in 2020.

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Lashley returned to WWE in 2018, after a 10-year absence. He won the United States Championship upon his return and eventually won the WWE Championship for the first time in his WWE career.

Despite his absence, Lashley never completely lost touch with WWE. As revealed to Fightful, Vince McMahon kept contact with him. But the duo did not necessarily have a close relationship and didn’t talk business.

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“I was heavily [into MMA] but there were times when Vince would reach out to me and send a text here and there,”The Almighty,” said. “We’ve always had that common bond and mentality of working out.”

30 JAN 2010: Bobby Lashley has his hands on his hips and is wide-eyed after defeating Wes Sims during Showtime Sport’s Strikeforce Miami Fight Card at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

“He would come down to Denver and be like, ‘I’ll be in Denver, we have to get a workout in.’ We never really did, but it was a running joke and a possibility that we’ve talked about a few times. It wasn’t one of those things where we talked consistently, just a few text messages over the ten or eleven years I was gone,” Lashley revealed.

Vince is known for “testing” his performers by attacking them out of the blue. McMahon once famously attacked Kurt Angle with a double leg takedown. However, he never tried the same with Lashley.

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Bobby Lashley outside of WWE

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Right after his release, Lashley appeared on Lucha Libre’s AAA promotion. He debuted on Impact under Kurt Angle’s wing but quickly turned on him and turned face.

He was a part of Impact for four years before getting released to focus on his MMA career. Lashley came back in 2014 and was with the company for four years. He won the Impact World Heavyweight Championship four times.

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Apart from pro wrestling, Lashley holds an impressive 15-2 record in MMA. Lashley would face old foe Drew McIntyre at Hell in a Cell this Sunday.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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