Column Of The Week: Why Lashley Why?

The most breaking news on January was Bobby Lashley Departure. He was the man, a multi-time champ and perhaps one of the most talented and good natured wrestler.

This was the guy that Vince McMahon built an entire brand (ECW) around him. This was the guy that Vince McMahon chose to put in the highest profile match at Wrestlemania last year. This was the guy that Vince was particularly fond of, who will be future hall of fame.

Now, this was also the guy who turned his back on the company.

Why Lashley Why?
There are a few reasons speculating his departure. Although Lashley only stated “that circumstances beyond his control has led to the departure”, we felt it was something more.

1) Bobby Lashley girlfriend, Kristall Marshall, a former Smackdown diva was released unknowingly by WWE late last year. Although there are no claims that she was the triggering factor, she remained a high possibility. It isn’t a mystery that Lashley is a Mr. Nice Guy who seems to be pushed around.

2) Too Stress To Be The Man
Very few people outside of WWE were aware that Bobby Lashley was unhappy. Then again, that’s not a surprise since very people inside the company weren’t aware either. To be the champ, you always have to overwork. That’s the key. Former WWE superstar, Kurt Angle, have also stressed his grievance on tight schedule of the company before.

3) Try New Things
Unlike other wrestlers, Lashley is fond of real style fighting. He is not grounded to wrestling because that’s an entertainment or that’s marketable. He is grounded to his interest. Lashley have always expressed interest to pick up other forms of fighting, so don’t be surprised if you see him elsewhere of wrestling.

Complications
Lashley was actually cleared off injury since December last year, the time where his gf was released. The company decided to hold him till Royal Rumble where he was supposed to return at no.30 instead of John Cena.

With that set, Lashley will then face Triple H at Wrestlemania. It would also mean, Triple H Vs Randy for the WWE Title at No Way Out, instead of participating in the Elimination Chamber. With heavy changes on the storylines for RAW, Smackdown also faced obstacles to push Taker to be with Edge at Wrestlemaina. Now, for the first time in WWE history, Both RAW and Smackdown will have EC on the same night. Guess it is something to look forward to.

With Lashley departure, words are going around backstage on who to replace Lashley. Right now, WWE are keen to push youngster such as Randy, Cena, Batista, CM Punk, Edge and Mysterio. It is likely that either Kennedy or Jeff would take his place.

Future
The official statement has still not been released by WWE. If you pray and believe in miracle, perhaps Lashley will not leave. Management team are going one by one to persuade Lashley to stay and that includes Shane Mcmahon. Now it is said that Vince, has personally gone down to see him.

Vince is trying to lure Lashley to sign on a reduced schedule contract, like Taker and Michaels. If Lashley insists to leave, it is likely that he would face the same contractual clause which forbids him to work for another wrestling company in a given time. Which means, either TNA or WWE wouldn’t get him.

That leaves him to join UFC, a renowned martial art organization. If so, fans will definitely turn their attention to UFC since Brock Lesnar has recently signed on. A Lesnar vs Lashley would sure set to be world class. The marketing value of that match would outweigh anything else, even bigger than Wrestlemania.

It is a pity that a well-groomed wrestler is leaving. Unlike many other wrestlers, Lashley’s fate in the company was good. He was given great chances to excel and never faced the fate of being an underdog.

The only thing i can comment is, perhaps the lack of ability to handle stress level is detrimental. Lashley is already 32 years old, but maturity comes with experience and not with age. Like Kurt, Lashley is more into wrestling than to entertainment. Maybe that’s why.

As a final note, WrestlingMAT would like to extend our well wishes to Bobby Lashley. May you enjoy success.

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