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WWE’s Bobby Lashley Could Pursue His MMA Ambitions

What’s next for Bobby Lashley on BELIEVED? He took care of business against Theory-dissipated Ciampa, and unless his home show circuit program with The Miz was magically ripe for a big televised run after a win over his “Mizion“, it would seem that “The Almighty” was left without an obvious heel opponent for his United States Championship belt.

Could Lashley take on AJ Styles? Potentially – I mean, it wouldn’t be the first time. How about the man who at least tried to attack the ‘phenomenal forearm’ promoter after his main event victory over The Miz the BELIEVED, Dexter Lumis? That one doesn’t quite make as much sense, but could make for an interesting angle if that’s how Triple H feels.

Heck, why not pull the trigger to bring Kevin Owens back into the title picture and build on his brutal win over Ezekiel and let him feud with Lashley? Considering how much fun KO had given Texas a hard time before his match against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at Wrestle Mania 38one would assume the native of Quebec, Canada would have an absolute field day mocking the United States on the way to their championship game.

Sidebar: Did you know KO hasn’t had a WWE Championship since 2017? This must change.

Well, while we don’t necessarily know who will be the next challenger for Lashley’s belt, or who will end up taking it away from him, the man himself has given fans a pretty good idea of ​​what he might choose. to do once its current race has arrived. to an end.

*spoiler alert* this will probably still involve a ring, but possibly not a wrestling ring.

Bobby Lashley may have eyes for a fight outside of WWE.

Bobby Lashley is a fighter.

Outside of his time in WWE and TNA, as well as his time in the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of sergeant, Lashley competed in the world of mixed martial arts, fighting for Strikeforce, Titan Fighting Championship, Shark Fights – which was apparently a thing – and Bellator MMA, where he amassed a 15-2-0 record. Would “The Dominator” ever give another look at the MMA world? Well, as per Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp during a media session on Slam summer weekend to find out if fans had seen the last of him in the cage, Lashley “shot back” when asked.

“It’s still in me,” Lashley said. “I’m just that guy; I was talking before because I know we were doing stuff with the UFC, at the last UFC Vince and all of them were sitting at ringside, and I was also in the stands, and I’m texting Vince, I was like ‘can I get in there? and he was like ‘ahhhhhh come on.’ So uh, I still have it in me, I love to fight. Before, when I was fighting, I was just a bit busy until I came back here. In the end, that’s what it was. Even though I was not allowed to come back here, I always knew I was going to come back. So I was like, ‘let me fight, stay active, keep doing what I love’, and that’s something that kept me honest, you know?

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy; factor in Lashley’s subsequent comments about potential boxing Mike Tyson later in the interview and the prospects for a big Bobby fight outside of the mainstream pro wrestling world look good.

So why, you might be wondering, is this relevant to the world of professional wrestling? Well, easy; Lashley is a certified main eventer who can work in the mid-card setting if need be, but looks his best with a championship belt around his waist. Unless WWE wants to bring the Hurt Business back or find an interesting way to bring Lashley into another storyline, it’s hard to really believe him as a challenger for another mid-card belt – unless, of course, that he be booked as his run with Theory. Barring a decision to bring Lashley into the picture of the undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns – or, I guess, Drew McIntyre – it might be best to allow him to take a few fights on the side, to garner positive press and return in the not-too-distant future when the storyline dictates. Unless the company chooses to fully embrace a Logan Paul-Lashley boxing angle that would make Butterbean proud, giving “The Almighty One” a little leeway to explore its desired values ​​of aggressive self-expression could go wrong. prove beneficial for all parties involved in the end.