Bobby Lashley Talks Somoa Joe, Brock Lesnar, Impact Wrestling

Impact Wrestling’s top guy and MMA vet Bobby Lashley spoke with Real Sports and discussed a number of things and people. Here are the highlights:

On working with Samoa Joe:

Joe’s great. Everybody knew there was no doubt about it when Joe started and when Joe got his chance to be on a bigger stage, he was really gonna let loose and make it happen, and that’s exactly what happened. Joe is an incredible athlete, incredible talent, and he gets it. He’s always got it. I think the cool thing about Joe also is that everybody else has a lot of respect for Joe. Joe’s gone out there and had great matches with everyone, and everyone knows that they can get in the ring with him and have a good match. When I had the opportunity to wrestle with him at that time, it was the same thing. It was awesome. It was a good opportunity.”

On wanting to face Brock Lesnar:
“Whichever one pays more. I really don’t care. At the end of the day, we’ve gotta feed our kids, and right now I think either one will do it. It’s one of those things where UFC, with the Floyd Mayweather thing, I know it’s not gonna be as big as that, but Mayweather and Conor McGregor came up there and they actually crossed. It was like, Dana White shook hands with Floyd Mayweather in a different promotion and made something magical. I think at the end of the day, these people are gonna understand the same thing.”

On Impact Wrestling expanding:
“Not to say that I don’t love the Orlando crowd because I love [them]. They know us. We know them. But if we wanna be global, which that’s what we’re doing, we have to get out of there. We have to get out of our comfort zone, and we have to do something bigger. We have to go and basically show our product to other people, and that’s what we’re doing. I think that’s the only way to be successful in this business, because the flagship program being WWE, they’re all over the place. We can’t stay in one place be in Orlando and expect to be a true competitor unless we go and do the same thing. We’re starting to do it, and we have the talent to do it. I mean, after [Bound for Glory], this is gonna really show what we have. And I think that whether I’m here or not, we have some great people on the roster. Whether it be Johnny Impact, Eli Drake, EC3, Moose, there’s a lot of really awesome talent that we have. [We’ll] travel around, show everybody our product, and we’re gonna have a huge fanbase because of it.”

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