Following his program with Bray Wyatt that began after the WWE Elimination Chamber in February, Bobby Lashley had high hopes of a marquee match at WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood. However, these aspirations took a disheartening turn when Wyatt had to step away from WWE television due to a medical issue.
While Lashley did make a brief appearance on the second night of WrestleMania 39, showcasing the Andre the Giant battle royal trophy he had won on a previous episode of "WWE SmackDown," a WrestleMania match never materialized for him.
In a recent interview with "WrestlingNewsCo," Lashley candidly shared his feelings of disappointment leading up to WrestleMania 39.
Lashley's WrestleMania Letdown
The disappointment was palpable as Bobby Lashley expressed his feelings about missing out on WrestleMania 39.
"I was beyond disappointed. I'm not going to say pessimistic, [but I was] disappointed because I am a kind of chill person," Lashley reflected. He particularly emphasized the frustration stemming from the hard work he had invested throughout the year, consistently appearing in live events and pay-per-views.
Lashley recounted, "We had some mix-ups and change-ups, and then next [thing] you know I'm pulled off the biggest show." Lashley's disappointment was further compounded by his children's anticipation of watching him perform at WrestleMania.
He recounted the emotional toll, saying, "The kids watch me, and leading up to it, they were like, 'Dad, are we going to WrestleMania?' And I was like, 'Look, if you guys want to go, I just don't know if I'm going to do anything there.'
All the while, I was like, 'There's no way that's going to be [the case]. I have to be in WrestleMania. I've been in every WrestleMania in my entire career with WWE. I've always been in a spotlight match. I have been in every pay-per-view, everything.'
" Despite this setback, Lashley has channeled his disappointment into motivation for change. He has embraced a more villainous persona in WWE, aiming to elevate himself alongside The Street Profits, with whom he formed a stable over the summer.
Moreover, Lashley has his sights set on capturing another world championship in the near future. While WrestleMania 39 may have been a letdown for "The Almighty," it has only fueled his determination to rise to new heights in the world of professional wrestling.