Raj Giri sent along the following:
Bobby Lashley has had an extremely busy year so far. In addition to appearing on TNA Wrestling and making a successful Strikeforce debut against Wes Sims in January, he opened up his gym American Top Team Altitude in Aurora, Colorado. Raj Giri of FightLine.com caught up with Lashley and talked about his pro wrestling career, his next fight, his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko, Brock Lesnar and more.
There have been some conflicting reports on your status with TNA Wrestling, which recently started going head-to-head with the WWE on Monday nights. What is your status with the company?
As far as I know, I’m not working with them. At the time things started getting really built up with fighting and signing with Strikeforce and everything, it was just kind of hard doing both at the same time. We tried to work something, but I guess it didn’t work. So as far as I know, I’m on the future endeavored lists (laughs).
How would you describe your time with TNA Wrestling?
It was cool, I met a lot of real cool people there. It was a really cool time. Everybody gets along real well, they have a good atmosphere, they work hard. They have a lot of potential with that company.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff recently joined the organization and took over the creative reigns of the company. That are your thoughts on the changes that they’ve been making?
I think it’s good. Having someone like Hogan on your side, it’s always going to be a good deal. I think Hogan’s going to bring a lot of the stardom to the organization that they need. He’s an icon of the business, so of course, he’s only going to make it better.
TNA Wrestling just recently re-started the famous Monday night wars of the 90’s by moving their television show head-to-head against RAW on Monday nights. Having wrestled for both companies, how would you compare the two?
It’s a hard comparison, each company has their own view of where they want to be and what they want to do. So it’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges. I enjoyed WWE, WWE catered to the masses and they really pushed the entertainment aspect of it and TNA was a bunch of guys that really wanted to take it further and work hard. They had some great workers over there [in TNA]… I think they’re both great organizations.
Check out the full interview at FightLine.com.