EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Lashley says ‘Drew McIntyre is a Brock Lesnar’ now and the WWE champion has arrived as a top star

Bobby Lashley looks set for an exciting partnership with MVP that could catapult him to where he really wants to be – in world title contention.

The Almighty is a former ECW world champion and has enjoyed United States and Intercontinental title success in WWE, but he is yet to hold either the WWE or Universal title.

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Bobby Lashley has won nearly everything in WWE
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With the look and the pedigree the 43-year-old has, one might think he’s destined to grab that type of hardware, but he has spent much of the past year bouncing from storyline to storyline before engaging in a love triangle with Rusev and Lana.

Now, Lashley appears to have aligned himself with MVP and that will provide a renewed focus for the former TNA world champion.

While a title is on his radar, a match with Brock Lesnar always has been, too. Given their builds and their MMA backgrounds, it’s a match that has been a no-brainer to fans for a longtime.

However, Lashley now says getting to face Drew McIntyre – the man that dethroned Lesnar for the WWE title at WrestleMania 36 –  would be just as exciting. McIntyre has now reached a level alongside Lesnar that few men ever do.

Bobby, when is this match with Brock Lesnar going to happen?! It seems like its right there and it’s close, but at the same time it’s not. It seemed like after beating Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules in 2018 that you were finally going to get your shot, only for WWE to book a couple of triple threats after that with the winners facing each other, and then you lost to Reigns. Seems like some unnecessary steps!

We are fans the same way – well, at least I am – the same way everybody else is. When I heard the winner gets Brock, I was like, is this it? Am I finally getting it? Then it’s ‘not now!’

I don’t know what the situation is. I don’t know what the case is. But I do believe eventually it will happen before Brock and I are senior citizens. The one thing that people – and I don’t want to switch gears here – but Drew McIntyre is a Brock Lesnar. He definitely is. I think that a matchup with Drew is just as exciting as Brock, to me, if done right.

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Brock Lesnar has not been seen since Drew McIntyre defeated him at WM36
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Of course, I want the Brock match. I’m not erasing that [laughs]. But I think both of those matches are great matches. I think eventually the dots will be connected and I think right now with the right people in the right places, I think a lot of really big things could be happening.

You returned to WWE the night after WrestleMania 34. Building up to Mania, there was a lot of reports about you potentially returning. Braun Strowman was promoting a mystery partner at the time, which ended up being a 10-year-old. We might be connecting dots that aren’t there, but was that ever meant to be you?

I didn’t know anything to tell you the truth. At the beginning when we first negotiated and started talking, I was supposed to be coming back around WrestleMania time. There was talks of before, during and after. I didn’t hear about after. I heard about doing something before to set up an angle for WrestleMania, or doing something at WrestleMania – didn’t know.

I really didn’t know anything about the Braun tagging thing. If they would have told me that, I would have been all for it. That’s an incredible opportunity. I mean to come back as the tag team champions!

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Braun Strowman won the tag titles with a 10-year-old Nicholas

They may have talked about, may have discussed it, somebody may have said yes, no – I have no clue. To this day, I have never heard that. That would have been a cool way to come back, but the way that they told me was the way that they told me. Conspiracy theories, I love them! [laughs].

A lot of wrestlers are motivated by different things, whether it be specific matches, money, titles, just putting on great matches – whatever it may be. What is a main driver for you in this second run with WWE?

I definitely want to win a world title. I definitely want to. The years that I’ve put in the business and the matches I’ve had with so many different people, I definitely want to. But another thing I want to do, and I hope this is not shooting myself in the foot or kicking myself in the butt, but when I first got in the wrestling business and I was first starting out, there were guys like myself who were a bit older in the business.

And one thing they did, they wanted to make the younger guys. But at the same it in making the younger guys, they had to have something credible for the younger guys to go after. And I think that I’m one of those guys. The younger guys should be hungry to come and beat me. Because I’m not someone you should just be able to beat.

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Only a couple of years ago, Lashley stood side-by-side with Drew McIntyre

When I came in I had the Big Shows, the JBLs, the William Regals, the Fit Finlays, the Booker Ts, Batista – I had all these different guys to overcome, and these are huge mountains to overcome. And coming back in the wrestling business right there, I think a lot of the young guys need that guy, because I always say, you can’t have that great good guy without a good bad guy. I’m that good bad guy.

I’m the guy that can walk up to you and snatch something out of your hand and then you got to make a decision ‘ahhh, I don’t need that anymore. You just go and have that.’ [laughs]. We can share it if you want to!

But, I’m that guy. I’m that guy that should be beating the crap out of Ricochet every single day until you guys are begging for Ricochet to just punch me in the mouth. But, he can’t do it! I’m the guy to do it to him, to Drew, to anybody.

Catch Bobby Lashley on RAW every Monday night on BT Sport or catch the highlights on Saturday mornings with Channel 5

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