Bobby Lashley was a guest on Peter Rosenburg's Cheap Heat podcast, where he spoke about his upcoming match against Goldberg at WWE SummerSlam, and the impact MVP has had on his career.
“I think MVP is great. He’s a great addition. When he had his Rumble match, it was one of those deals where he wanted to come back. When they threw him into a segment, they were like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know MVP could do that.” I’m like, ‘You didn’t know this about this guy?’ Me and MVP have been really good friends, and I think it’s fun to be able to do big things, make big money, and really do something special together. I always say this. I always say, ‘Sometimes you have to believe in somebody’s belief in you.’ That’s one thing that MVP was and that was that extra belief. Everybody that was in The Hurt Business, for Shelton, for Cedric, for myself, we keep running. We catch a lot of heat. Sometimes the crowd kind of turns, and they want to cheer for Bobby a little bit, but then MVP steps in there and squashes all that and gets us right back to where we need to be and lets them know what we’re about.”
But does Lashley believe the Hurt Business broke up too soon?
“The Hurt Business was something special. I think across the board, everybody loved what we were doing. The good thing that I liked about it was that we were shown in a different light. There were four black guys, so there’s a lot of different ways that we could have gone. ‘These guys are thugs, these guys are this, these guys are that.’ We’re none of that. All of us created wealth for ourselves over the years. We’ve been in this business for a long time, and we’re professionals. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have been looked at that way. That’s what we were all about. We were all about some of the kids growing up, some of the minority kids looking up, they could look at us and say, ‘Look at those guys. We were wearing suits to the building. People would see that.
It wasn’t just, ‘Hey, let’s throw it on to get on TV. This was across the board. We kept a level that was really high. If you look at it now, you see a lot of people, I don’t want to say copying the level, but mimicking it because we brought it up a little bit. If you go to a basketball game and watch some of the players walk in, you’re going to see those guys with some nice suits on. They are going to be dressed to the nines, and you say, ‘Damn, those guys are superstars.’ That’s the same thing in professional wrestling. We get paid really well for doing what we do, and we have to show it. We’re Superstars. We’re professionals. We’re not just a bunch of thugs out there kicking and punching each other in the ring. We’re professionals.”