Current Impact Wrestling star Bobby Lashley might not be with the company for the long haul, as PW Insider is reporting the former WWE star is being urged by his MMA team to leave professional wrestling to focus on his MMA career.
Lashley has participated in mixed martial arts bouts infrequently since 2008, with his record currently sitting at 15-2.
Via Wrestling Inc:
“There has been some pressure from Bobby Lashley’s MMA team, American Top Team, about concentrating full-time on Mixed Martial Arts and pulling back on his dates with Global Force Wrestling, according to a report by PWInsider.”
“While details are unknown at press time, the report claims meetings regarding the situation have taken place and the pressure to focus on MMA over professional wrestling has been a topic over “the last several days.”
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The timing of this interesting, in that Lashley just lost to Alberto El Patron at Global Force Wrestling’s Slammiversary PPV on Sunday for the GFW heavyweight championship. Since debuting on Impact Wrestling, Lashley has been treated and billed as a Top Guy for the company, and, for the most part, he’s delivered.
Still, it’d make sense for him to transition away from professional wrestling with all the changes on Impact Wrestling right now, as the company may start to build around the former ECW and Smackdown star less and less in the coming months.
Perhaps, like Brock Lesnar and John Cena, Lashley ultimately cuts back to a part-time schedule for GFW while turning to MMA for his main focus but still helping out GFW and Jeff Jarrett when necessary.
Lashley has been with the company since 2009.