Bobby Lashley Uses Goldberg’s Line, Says It’s Back To Business With Kofi Kingston Squash

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WWE Champion Bobby Lashley says it’s back to business with his dominant win over Kofi Kingston at last night’s Money In the Bank pay-per-view.

Money In the Bank saw Lashley destroy Kingston on his way to retaining the WWE Title, with Kingston barely getting any offense in. In the post-match interview below, Sarah Schreiber asked if Lashley’s fire was fueled by Kingston’s recent comments on Lashley losing his edge.

“You know what, it’s not even about that, man,” Lashley responded. “Just like I said last week, it’s back to business. So, back to business means, I’m going to be ready to knock down whoever you tell me to knock down. Line ’em up, P.”

MVP added, “The Chief Hurt Officer has spoken. He made very clear what our mission statement is. Normally I would love to say so much, but everything that needs to be said was said out there tonight with Kofi’s prone body, which might still be out there. Back to business.”

Lashley is rumored to defend his title against WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg at SummerSlam on August 21. That match may be set up during tonight’s RAW as Goldberg is expected to return on the show. Lashley used Goldberg’s signature catchphrase in a post-show tweet.

He wrote, “UNTOUCHABLE!! WHO’S NEXT? #MITB”

Stay tuned for more. You can see Lashley’s tweet along with related clips below:

WHO’S NEXT? #MITB pic.twitter.com/NF9KJXUUYd

— Bobby Lashley (@fightbobby) July 19, 2021

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Lashley destroys Kingston in scary display of dominance

WWE 19 July, 2021 - 03:01pm

Kingston, an oft-thought underdog who has proven his best-in-the-world bona fides before, came close to regaining the WWE Title once, during the early goings: MVP grabbed Kingston’s foot right as the bell rang, but Kofi broke free, evaded the charging Lashley, and collected a near-fall after a double foot stomp.

That close call was more than enough for The All Mighty, who promptly snapped into beast mode and proceeded to thrash Kingston with unbridled intensity for the remainder of the fight.

The WWE Universe tried to rally The New Day member with chants of “Kofi,” to no avail. If anything, their support for Kingston only fueled the champion’s rage. Lashley hurled Kingston over the ropes and onto the floor, unleashed a series of organ-quaking throws and punished his challenger with not one, not two, but three Dominators before shushing the stunned WWE Universe. The scene resembled a lion toying with its prey.

Lashley finally showed a modicum of mercy by cinching in the Hurt Lock and sending Kingston to dreamland, leaving the referee no choice but to call for the bell.

After such a shocking display of utter dominance, the WWE Universe can only wonder who, if anyone, will dare step to Lashley next.

Kingston, an oft-thought underdog who has proven his best-in-the-world bona fides before, came close to regaining the WWE Title once, during the early goings: MVP grabbed Kingston’s foot right as the bell rang, but Kofi broke free, evaded the charging Lashley, and collected a near-fall after a double foot stomp.

That close call was more than enough for The All Mighty, who promptly snapped into beast mode and proceeded to thrash Kingston with unbridled intensity for the remainder of the fight.

The WWE Universe tried to rally The New Day member with chants of “Kofi,” to no avail. If anything, their support for Kingston only fueled the champion’s rage. Lashley hurled Kingston over the ropes and onto the floor, unleashed a series of organ-quaking throws and punished his challenger with not one, not two, but three Dominators before shushing the stunned WWE Universe. The scene resembled a lion toying with its prey.

Lashley finally showed a modicum of mercy by cinching in the Hurt Lock and sending Kingston to dreamland, leaving the referee no choice but to call for the bell.

After such a shocking display of utter dominance, the WWE Universe can only wonder who, if anyone, will dare step to Lashley next.

Kofi Kingston: The New Day Fantasise About Turning Heel Again In WWE

Cultaholic 19 July, 2021 - 09:00am

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Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods formed their faction in 2014 but, despite trying to be good guys, were rejected by the WWE Universe. A heel turn followed, turning the trio into one of the most hated acts in the business.

Now established as one of the biggest babyface groups in WWE, Kingston says he and the rest of the New Day would love to be heel again because it means they can yell at children.

However, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wouldn't give sign-off on such a move because of how well New Day have done as babyfaces.

Speaking to Metro, when asked about a New Day heel turn, Kingston said: To be honest, we fantasise about it all the time. I tell people that I had the most fun in my career when I was yelling at children, and threatening to ground children, and threatening children. 

I used to love just doing out there and antagonising children. They will always remember that moment of when, 'I cheered for this guy against The New Day, he threatened to ground me but my guy beat him'. 

"I love that dynamic, it’s so much fun and we think about it all the time, but these people won’t stop cheering for us. These people like their pancakes and their Booty-Os too much. It’s not a realistic pitch, because usually if you go to pitch something, what you’re doing usually shouldn’t be working. Ours is working a little bit too well.

"You have to be able to provide the evidence, you have to be able to make your case. 'OK, why do you wanna change what’s working so well for me and making me so much money?' 'Oh, we just wanna yell at kids, Vince!'"

Fans Are Back—And Proving Why Wrestling Needs Them

Sports Illustrated 19 July, 2021 - 08:01am

It was a fascinating culmination of an evolution of pro wrestling. On one side you had the fans, who would choose their favorites and whom they wanted to be the champions. And on the other side you had Vince McMahon and his minions, who, while wanting to satisfy the fans, believed they knew what the fans should want and what made the most sense in the economic big picture.

Each got their victories, but only in the short term.

The fans, at least for television shoots, for years hated Roman Reigns as the top babyface star. Until the past year, McMahon wouldn’t relent. But he finally did, and, as a heel, Reigns has become accepted by the fans as the biggest star in the company.

Other times, such as with championship reigns of Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston, McMahon did relent and give the fans the win they wanted and not what he had originally planned, but in the long run he never believed, no matter how the fans reacted, that those two were cut out to carry the company as the real top stars.

But the COVID-19 era taught everyone a major lesson. Pro wrestling as a form of entertainment is empty without a live audience. And the people who wanted to attend live missed the fact that they couldn’t.

Hopefully the era of wrestling with no fans in attendance is over. Every major company is now running shows with fans again. And because WrestleMania took place in April, with COVID-19 restrictions on capacity in place, before a lot of people felt comfortable traveling, WWE has attempted to turn SummerSlam into the biggest event of the year.

Sunday night’s Money in the Bank at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, the first pay-per-view show with fans, was all about setting the table for SummerSlam, on Aug. 21 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The decision to gamble on doing a stadium show in a city that has never been a WWE stronghold turned out fine. More than 40,000 tickets are out for the show, double the number for each night of the usually much higher-profile WrestleMania. And this is with no matches announced, and really only a few matches known to insiders.

It had been known for more than a month that the planned main event would be John Cena, the company’s top star for most of the past 15-plus years, returning from his acting career to face Reigns. And if there was any doubt, that was answered when, after Reigns beat Edge, Cena’s music played and you saw a 44-year-old man dressed like a 2003 rapper as he walked back into the world he ruled before an audience overjoyed to see him.

Cena confronted Reigns in the center of the ring, just as the show went off the air. It was the perfect ending. You get enough to know where it’s going, but in theory it was just a tease to get you to watch the television and see how they get to SummerSlam.

Edge, a legend from the past who returned after nine years from a neck injury that was thought to be career-ending, was on the verge of winning the universal championship from Reigns. Then he was attacked once and distracted a second time by a jealous Seth Rollins, mad that Edge had gotten the title match he wanted. With Rollins costing Edge the championship, it was an easy and obvious setup for them having a singles match, which had also been talked about on the inside for weeks.

Bobby Lashley, the WWE champion, was being groomed for an outsider on the big show. Lashley’s top Raw rival was Drew McIntyre, who lost a match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view last month with the stipulation that he could never challenge as long as Lashley was champion.

Kingston was Lashley’s opponent, and he lost in one of the most one-sided pay-per-view WWE title matches in history. It told two clear stories.

The first is that the company wanted Lashley to look as strong as possible, to the point that Kingston was not there to have a good match with him but to be a human sacrifice. The other story is that no matter how much the public likes Kingston and wants him on top, as he was the second-most popular wrestler on the show behind Edge, those in charge see him differently. He’s very much a star, but it’s not at the main-event level and has never been given a shot to be a true long-term headliner.

Bill Goldberg, the 54-year-old WCW man of the year in 1998, looks to be returning as the opponent for Lashley. With nobody on the Raw roster pushed at Lashley’s level, there were really only a few choices: Bray “The Fiend” Wyatt, who has been on a sabbatical since WrestleMania; Goldberg; or Brock Lesnar, who is no longer under contract with WWE, but who is always available for the right high price tag.

But politically there are people who think the big money with Lesnar would be with Reigns. There is the story line aspect of Paul Heyman's being the person in Reigns’s corner in his heel role, and Heyman's having a career resurrection over the past decade for being the mouthpiece for every Lesnar interview. Lesnar's coming in to lose to Lashley, one could argue, would hurt the direction of the believed-to-be-much-bigger Reigns-vs.-Lesnar angle.

There was another match built up strongly on the show, although not necessarily for SummerSlam. McIntyre had the men’s Money in the Bank match all but won when the trio of Indian descent took him out of the match.

Jinder Mahal (actually from Western Canada) was a former tag-team partner of McIntyre when both were languishing on the bottom of shows many years back. Since then, McIntyre has been fired, remade his name and is one of the company’s biggest stars. Mahal was promoted as a top champion a few years back, when the company became obsessed with the idea that, due to its huge population and affinity for pro wrestling on television, India was the new pot of gold at the end of the wrestling rainbow. But a few months later, they went away from that experiment.

Mahal now has a new entourage, both of whom are from India. There is a nearly seven-foot-tall former Bollywood actor called Shanky, and a shorter bulkier man called Veer. In another life, Veer was Rinku Singh, the subject of the Disney movie Million Dollar Arm, inspired by his winning a pitching contest in his native country even though he had never played baseball. This led to him becoming the first Indian native to play U.S. minor league baseball, but he never got out of Class A.

Because of the newness of crowds returning, we seem to be in a honeymoon period.

WWE had probably the hottest and most enthusiastic fans it has had in years at the first two shows in its return full-time touring—sellout events Friday night in Houston and the pay-per-view in Fort Worth. Rival AEW similarly had an on-fire sellout event Wednesday for its television show in Cedar Park, Texas.

The return of crowds also led to a noticeable boost in television numbers. Smackdown looks to have increased by about 15% on Friday over what it had been doing in the special-effects-laden Thunderdome, with virtual fans on video screens. AEW had fans back for months for shows at its Jacksonville home base. But it didn't tour until July 7. And it did one of its best numbers in history on Wednesday. That was even more noteworthy since it came on the same night as the NBA Finals. Even with that competition, for the first time, AEW Dynamite beat the episode of WWE Raw in the same week in the male 18–49 demographic. With Raw back to having live fans, it may not happen again so quickly.

There were only a few truly negative reactions by fans on Sunday. In the women’s Money in the Bank match, when Alexa Bliss tried to hypnotize Zelina Vega, the crowd clearly did not like that direction. But it was one spot that ended quickly.

During a Rhea Ripley Raw women’s title match with Charlotte Flair, the crowd loudly chanted for Becky Lynch, the most popular woman in the company. Lynch has been out for more than a year, as she gave birth in December to a baby girl. But enough of the crowd knows Lynch is on her way back since she’s been training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. And there’s nothing wrong with that, since she is coming back.

What weren't there were the chants for CM Punk. Punk was one of the most popular wrestlers in the company who quit after issues with McMahon and other members of management. Because he was so vocal against the company, when fans were unhappy they would chant his name to express displeasure at certain story lines, interviews and directions.

Now that things are back to how they used to be, the big question is whether the time away taught WWE the lessons that wrestling doesn’t work as well without live fans and that fans are so valuable in the presentation. Or is this just a short honeymoon before the frustrations on both sides of wrestling's real-life power struggle return?

One of the best stories in WWE likely ends tonight

Cageside Seats 18 July, 2021 - 04:30pm

Bobby Lashley defends the WWE championship against Kofi Kingston at tonight’s (Sun., July 18, 2021) Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is quietly a really good story, one of the best WWE is telling right now, even if it likely ends with tonight’s show.

It started with MVP stopping Kofi Kingston backstage to explain how disappointed he was in Kingston for how he’s gone about things since the end of KofiMania:

Kingston rebuked him then, affirming his own belief in his family and friends and himself.

Next, after a tag team loss, MVP was back again, this time to blame Kingston’s partner, Xavier Woods, for holding him back:

Kingston rebuked him then too, once again reaffirming his own belief in his family and friends and himself.

Fast forward a few weeks and it was Kingston saying MVP was getting in the way of Lashley, causing him to lose his edge and become soft. Not long after, look who scored a clean pinfall victory over Lashley in a non-title match:

Lashley responded to this with a mixture of shock, disbelief, and maybe even a little bit of doubt.

Then he got good and pissed off about everything, going straight to MVP and telling him how right Kingston was and how unacceptable it was that he could ever lose to someone like Woods:

No more alcohol and women and parties. Back to business, and you know what business that is too.

Even if they aren’t calling them that anymore.

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