In an interview with Submission Radio, Bobby Lashley spoke about the rumors that TNA could get cancelled on Destination America. Here are highlights:
On WWE NXT and why WWE should use more past superstars: “I think it’s great. I think what they’re doing down there is great. They’re building some guys up so those guys learning how to be superstars and do some big things, and when they do come up to the main roster, they’re ready because they do get a little bit of superstar status when they’re there because they have a TV channel and everything like that. The only thing that I wish that they would do is that there’s a lot of guys out right now that they could really use to kind of mix into their program that I think would give those guys even bigger boosts. You have guys like Shelton Benjamin, you have Chris Masters, Carlito, you have John Morrison, you have a lot of really, really good guys out there, but they’re like “No. We’re not going to touch those guys because we really want to develop these younger guys”. I understand that, but I think [Hurricane] Helms said it best, it’s like you can’t go to a professional game and not have some of the professionals out there. And I think what they have going on right now they have some really good names, I think they should just kind of mix it up a little bit more. And then another thing is I think they should use some of the guys that are out there right now, instead of these guys traveling around the world, independent promotions all over the place. You’ve already built these guys up, might as well use them to boost your guys and then give them an honorable retirement after the deal?”
On the TNA cancellation rumors: “In my contract it says nothing about negotiating deals with any networks, so I try to stay out of that part of it. I know what Dixie [Carter] does, and Dixie is good at trying to find the right path for where she needs to have the show. You know, they’ve been around for 12 years. I don’t think they’re going anywhere right now, whether it’s Destination America, Spike, or whatever it is. I’m sure they’re going to be able to reach an agreement, reach a deal where they’re going to have a home, and they’re going to be there for a long time. If they leave Destination America I think it would be a shame because of the amount of talent that we have on that show. I mean for the people that watch TNA, they know the kind of talent. I mean there’s some really big names there. I mean you got the Hardy Boyz, you got Kurt Angle, myself, MVP. There’s a lot of really high – Bobby Roode, Eric Young. There’s a lot of really, really good – Kennedy – over there. I mean there’s so many guys over there that it would be…..if they do die, there would be another promotion somewhere that’s just ready to scoop up all these guys and already have a main level roster right off the bat. So I don’t know. I don’t see it happening. It’d be ridiculous for them to part ways. If anybody leaves it’s going to be TNA leaving to go somewhere else.”
On the differences between working with Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter: “I think Vince is more of a business man and Dixie is more of a like a family person. Dixie kind of stays away from the business aspect and lets the people run the company, but at the same time Dixie is so big on the family, and I have no problem bringing my kids there, bringing them backstage, meeting the guys and everything like that. She wants it to be more of a family environment. Whereas Vince, it’s business. It’s really business in the WWE. I mean both of them have their great qualities, but I think that’s the big difference between the two.”
On how hard it was to wrestle Vince McMahon: “No I think it’s very, easy because he gets it more than other people. Because a lot of times you deal with him, you don’t go after him first, he goes after you. So he’s going to show you what kind of pace that he wants, he’s gonna show you how stiff it’s gonna be and how hard it’s gonna be. So after that, you just gotta reciprocate. You gotta give it back the same way he did it to you. So I think it’s very simple working with him, and he told me too, he’s like “you know, you’ll have your time”, and I was like ‘okay. When my time comes, my times gonna come’”.
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