TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley recently spoke with ESPN.com to promote the Bound for Glory pay-per-view event this Sunday.
On Billy Corgan “He brings a fresh outlook. He’s just another person to talk to. Billy is a cool guy. He is an open ear, that’s one thing. When different people come into your organization, especially what we’ve been going through, you get kind of worried that somebody is going to push their way in and change everything. He hasn’t really done that. He has been really open and has been a huge person to talk to. One thing he always says is, “My door is open and here is my personal number so just give me a call.” That’s one thing that has been really cool. Because at the end of the day, no one is going to tell us how to do our jobs better than we already know.”
CM Punk recently made his UFC debut but lost at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall by first round submission.
“I understand what he was trying to do, I just don’t know exactly if he was prepared for it. I take my hat off to him for going out there but CM Punk really didn’t come from an athletic and competitive background like myself. It was kind of a different situation.”
Lashley was asked how long he sees himself fighting as well as wrestling, if he stays in TNA then he could wrestle for ten more years.
“Fighting, I would say two, maybe three. And it’s not because my body is not holding up because my body is feeling great. I would say it’s more because my kids are young. I’m a full-time single father so I would like to spend a little bit more time with my kids. When I train for fights my kids understand and they have my back. They are there with me. I want to get to a time when I can focus on them a little bit more. As far as wrestling, it just depends on who I am wrestling for and when I’m wrestling. If I’m wrestling for TNA and we have kind of the same schedule, s—, I can do that for 10 more years.”
Recently former WWE star Ryback was in talks with Bellator MMA but has yet to sign a deal with the promotion. Lashley explained that fighting is all about money.
“Fighting is about money, as we see with Conor [McGregor] getting a [UFC] title shot at 155, bypassing everybody else. There is a fight business aspect of all of this also. I think right now, I don’t even know that a commission would allow a guy with 15 fights against somebody with no fights. I don’t know if it could happen. But, if it’s something that they wanted to do, it would be something that we could talk about. But I wouldn’t by any means try to call the guy out and I don’t know if he’s just doing it right now because he just left WWE and is trying to keep his name out. Something like that might be the case. I don’t know what his motivation is and I don’t know Ryback so close like that so I really don’t know. So if he wants to do it I would say by all means get in here and do it. But if he’s not serious about it, don’t go out there and do it half-assed.”
You can read the entire interview here.
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