Bobby Lashley Comments On Dealing With The Rusev & Lana Storyline, Kurt Angle’s Advice

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During a recent appearance on the “After the Bell” podcast, Bobby Lashley commented on getting through the Lana/Rusev storyline and the wedding, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On how he dealt with the Lana/Rusev storyline: “You saw me; a lot of times I’d walk into a locker room and I would just sit down, and just kind of look at you. You’d look at me and nod your head and just kind of chuckle … I mean, that’s how it was a lot of times. But for me, I had to figure out the why. A lot of times, people don’t want to know the why. And I think part of the why for me was, when I came back — here’s a couple things. One, they were like, ‘Well, we want people to hate you.’ That’s a good way. [laughs]

“But two also, I think it’s just getting me to loosen up a little bit. I’ve trained so long with wrestling. And with wrestling I’ve trained under anyone from Dan Gable, to my high school coach, and my college coach. And it was always, ‘Shut up and train.’ So I was always a shut up and train kind of person. I busted my ass and let what you do speak for you, and that’s how I was always growing up. I just like — I was a workhorse, and I was always a quiet person. I think when coming back, they’re like, ‘We need to embarrass him enough to break out of his shell’. And, I mean, singing, beating up my sisters… [laughs].”

On if he got advice from Kurt Angle on the storyline: “Kurt offered some kind of advice, but it wasn’t advice of what people would think, like, ‘Oh no, you need to go and tell them that you’re not going to do this.’ He was just like, ‘Just have fun with it.’ And I was like, ‘Bro, do you see what I’m doing today?’”

“And It was challenging at the time; I’m not gonna lie to you. When I first started, I started in the summer time. My kids weren’t at school, so my kids were going to the house shows almost every weekend. So it was an adjustment for me. When I started this storyline, my kids didn’t even watch the show. They couldn’t watch the show. It was just the time for me to kind of pay my dues. But at the same time, what I thought about, also, I said, ‘You know what?’ In my first run, I left early. And I know that I had a lot of possibilities and I know that they had a lot of plans for me on my first run, but I left early. So, I said, ‘Maybe this is a way of paying dues’. And it’s not like I haven’t paid dues before. It’s not just a thing to sell out and do whatever. It’s like, ‘I’m going to pay my dues and I’m going to show you that I’m here.’”


(h/t – 411 Wrestling)


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