Bobby Lashley on getting advice from Kurt Angle

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Bobby Lashley on getting advice from Kurt Angle

In WWE Bobby Lashley has twice held the ECW World Championship, twice the Intercontinental Championship and twice the United States Championship, while in TNA he has won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times, once the TNA X Division Championship and once the TNA King of the Mountain Championship.

Between 2008 and 2016 he also fought in mixed martial arts, winning the Shark Fights heavyweight title in 2011. Bobby Lashley was part of one of the most hated WWE storylines of recent memory in his relationship with Lana and feud with Rusev, and Lashley discussed how he dealt with it on After the Bell.

Bobby Lashley on how he dealt with the Lana/Rusev storyline

“You saw me; a lot of times I’d walk into a locker room and I would just sit down, and just kind of look at you. You’d look at me and nod your head and just kind of chuckle … I mean, that’s how it was a lot of times.

But for me, I had to figure out why. A lot of times, people don’t want to know why. And I think part of the why for me was, when I came back — here’s a couple things. One, they were like, ‘Well, we want people to hate you.’ That’s a good way.

But two also, I think it’s just getting me to loosen up a little bit. I’ve trained so long with wrestling. And with wrestling I’ve trained under anyone from Dan Gable, to my high school coach, and my college coach.

And it was always, ‘Shut up and train.’ So I was always a shut up and train kind of person. I busted my ass and let what you do speak for you, and that’s how I was always growing up. I just like — I was a workhorse, and I was always a quiet person.

I think when coming back, they’re like, ‘We need to embarrass him enough to break out of his shell’. And, I mean, singing, beating up my sisters… [laughs]" - Bobby Lashley said. “Kurt offered some kind of advice, but it wasn’t advice of what people would think, like, ‘Oh no, you need to go and tell them that you’re not going to do this.’ He was just like, ‘Just have fun with it.’ And I was like, ‘Bro, do you see what I’m doing today?' And It was challenging at the time; I’m not gonna lie to you.

When I first started, I started in the summer time. My kids weren’t at school, so my kids were going to the house shows almost every weekend. So it was an adjustment for me. When I started this storyline, my kids didn’t even watch the show" - he added.