Recently, it appears Bobby Lashley is being poised for greatness in the WWE, and it’s about damn time. Both times Lashley has appeared in WWE he’s received a tepid push at best. Winning the neutered ECW Championship and shaving Vince’s head aren’t achievements to baulk at, but they’re hardly the main event. However, Bobby’s stature, presence, and career outside the WWE mirror that of the most dominant figure in sports-entertainment history: Brock Lesner.
Both Brock and Bobby are exactly what Vince wants in an athlete. They’re physically imposing, even amongst other wrestlers, while not losing mobility like Braun Strowman and Big Show. The power these two display also rivals, if not eclipses, their super-heavyweight counterparts. As stated above, the comparison doesn’t end there, as both men are decorated amateur wrestlers and MMA fighters. So why then was Brock given the world while Bobby has been given start and stop pushes that have amounted to a lukewarm reception by the fans?
There are several avenues of speculation for why this has happened and some of them can get ugly. So, rather than speculate on the why, let’s just hope the recent turn of events amounts to Lashley finally taking his place as the new conquering beast of WWE.
So, the credentials are there. The last year with the Hurt Business has solidified Bobby as a true BAMF, and now they’ve stripped him of the US Title in order to place him in the running for the WWE Championship. All he must do is take the title from The Miz and catapult the Hurt Business into the main event. With a dominant heel and a dominant face (Drew McIntyre) clashing for the title, we have the making for an epic run of conflicts the likes of which we haven’t seen since Mr. Bean took on that 3-wheeled car.
The only problem is we’ll probably see Drew take the title back at WrestleMania, from Bobby, or in a triple threat match including the Miz. Bobby needs to have a long run with the championship to solidify his place as a dominant champ. Therefore, WrestleMania may be too soon to give it back to Drew. This is assuming Bobby takes the title off the Miz before then. This, however, brings us to another problem.
There hasn’t been a person as well-liked as Drew McIntyre since the Rock, Stone Cold, and Jerry Seinfeld. That being said, Drew also needs a long run with the title and there’s only one spot at the head of the table as Roman is so quick to remind us. Oh, and there’s a third world-beater on the roster: Braun Strowman.
Luckily, these problems have ready solutions. First, Braun has already been brutalized by Lashley, destroying much of the mystique left in the big man. Seriously, I could write an entire article on the tragedy that is Braun Strowman in the WWE. I mean he beat Goldberg in seconds then gets punked out by Lashley. His career is more random than the quality of DC films. So, sadly, Braun is a non-factor at this point. Drew is another story entirely.
How do we keep pushing both men at the same time as the dominant force on Raw? The answer is in the epic series of conflicts you can book between here and WrestleMania 2022. That’s right, we’re taking it that far.
Lashley needs the belt asap; by WrestleMania at the latest. From there Drew can have a few title matches that he’ll lose (never cleanly). After this we can have some filler feuds, all the while Bobby maintains his stranglehold on the title. During this time you let Drew get close to the title, but always being screwed or interfered with, much like the Undertaker during his career. With a year of the Hurt Business and Bobby Lashley reigning over Raw, we’ll be dying for our hero to regain his crown. Then of course Drew can reclaim the title and go on a tear for a while, but by then Bobby’s legacy will have been cemented as one of the most feared heels in the business, always lurking on the peripherals, threatening to bring the hero low once again.
In summation, Bobby has paid his dues and it’s time to solidify him as the most dominant heel in our business much like Brock Lesner has been for the past decade. While you may say that Roman is filling that role, I contend that he’s more like the new Triple H. He’s able to physically dominate most but relies on his stable and cheating to win. There’s room for both with separate rosters and it’s nice to have two different types of dominant heels. Drew can play Bobby’s foil for years to come as the tough face we all love. The only odd man out is Braun, and he needs serious rehabilitation. The only other thing we lack is a viable face contender on Smackdown, but that’s a whole different article. Let’s hope that Bobby takes that title from Miz soon and we’re treated to a year’s worth of Drew struggling against the power of the Hurt Business.