Bobby Lashley released from WWE?
Former ECW champion Bobby Lashley supposedly posted an announcement on his official Web site stating that he has been released from WWE.
I say “supposedly” because there is no way to be certain that this actually was written by Lashley, even though it was posted on his “official” site. If you look at the forums on bobbylashleyonline.com, there are now several people posting there claiming to be “the real Bobby Lashley.”
A WWE spokesman told me that he has heard nothing about Lashley being released, and his bio still is up on WWE’s Web site.
Lashley has been out of action since last July with a shoulder injury. Prior to that, he had been getting a major push, including participating in the heavily hyped Vince McMahon-Donald Trump angle at WrestleMania 23.
Despite WWE getting behind him, Lashley has never connected with the audience at the level WWE had been hoping for. His freakish physique also has been scrutinized in light of steroids and drug testing in pro wrestling making headlines.
A few months ago, Kristal Marshall, who reportedly is dating Lashley, was released by WWE despite being involved in a major story line on Smackdown.
If Lashley has indeed been released, there’s a possibility that he would follow the same path as Brock Lesnar, whom he has often been compared to, and embark on an MMA career. In an interview I conducted with Lashley last March, he said that he would be doing MMA if he hadn’t gone into pro wrestling.