TNA Champion Bobby Lashley Says WWE Return Unlikely
TNA Wrestling is struggling as Dixie Carter remains indecisive on whether to sell the company to WWE, Billy Corgan, or some other party. However, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley has made it clear that a return to WWE is unlikely if Vince McMahon really does purchase the company.
In an interview with ESPN, Lashley was asked if his desire to be a family man would veto the possibility of a WWE return, considering the demanding, hectic schedule of the company.
“It does to a certain extent,” Lashley said. “It would have to be the right deal if it was. I don’t know if there is even an opportunity. There are certain people in the business who may not want you there and that’s why I left the first time. I don’t know if there is even a possibility of going back but their schedule is challenging. A lot of their guys are dealing with that. If I were to go back full-time, it would have to be something we sit down and really piece together and make it make sense. I would hate to say yes I’m doing it and get back and then it’s, “Oh no. Boo-hoo. What about my kids?” I don’t want to have a bad attitude. So I would have to really sit down and say this is what we can do.”
As for whether or not Bound For Glory will actually happen this Sunday, Lashley doesn’t seem too concerned. In fact, Lashley has trust in owner Dixie Carter, to such an extent that he expresses his confidence that TNA will continue as a brand when pressed:
“Yes, because one thing people don’t understand is that [current owner] Dixie [Carter] is not broke. She was never close to being broke. Her parents are billionaires so it’s not like they don’t have the money. They are just trying to make the right deal and that’s what we have known all along. I think it’s just one of those deals where this is business and it’s going to happen every year. For at least the past five or six years that I have known, around that end of the year point there’s always this, “Oh no, is TNA going to be sold? Is TNA going here? Is TNA going there?” And then next thing you know, bam, everything is fine and then we run again. And then the next year it’s the same question. I don’t know why it’s the same deal every year and it gets to that point. I think right now they are just trying to make the right deals with the right people. I know a lot of people have their hands in the pot and a lot of people are trying to pitch different things. Whenever the deal is done, it’s done.”
I wish I had Lashley’s optimism. Then again, he’s not exactly wrong. I mean, how many times has TNA been on death’s door, only to pull through to see another day? TNA has a remarkable ability to go from “doomsday” to “business as usual” at the drop of a hat, so if any company could pull back from the brink, it’s probably this one. And that would actually be a good thing, in my opinion. Sure, it’d be cool for WWE to have the video library so they could add the TNA back catalogue to the network, or make DVDs centered around the careers of guys like Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Bobby Roode. But I think it’s far more valuable to have TNA around as an alternative to WWE, not just for viewers but for the wrestlers themselves. The more alternate options to WWE, the less guys have to put up with the WWE schedule and all of the politics. Granted, you probably won’t make as much in TNA, but you’ll have a lighter schedule, and more creative freedom (as evidenced by what Matt Hardy has been doing). Also, I just find the TNA product to be the best it’s been in years right now, so I’d be sad to see it go from a sheer entertainment level. I hope the company pulls through, but if this is the end, at least Lashley can say he main evented the final show.
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