The WWE has seen a recent influx of names from the past returning to the place that helped turn them into a star.
We’ve seen The Rock, Lord Tensai, Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar, among others, come back to the WWE after hiatuses from the company, and naturally, that has led other stars wanting to return to the WWE as well.
And now, we have the latest on WWE’s interest, or lack thereof, in the former ECW Champion.
Bobby Lashley has been interested in returning to WWE since late last year, before his loss this weekend. The problem is WWE isn’t as interested in bringing him back. Lashley took a big risk in trying MMA. Either he would have success like Brock Lesnar and his stock would skyrocket or he wouldn’t and his stock would plummet. Unfortunately for Lashley, he hasn’t had success and there is no rush to bring him back.
So, to sum up: Lashley wants to return to the WWE, but the WWE isn’t exactly begging to get him back.
This is about what we should have expected to happen.
The big difference between Lesnar and Lashley is that Lesnar had a lot of success in MMA, and he did it at the highest level in the UFC. Lashley, on the other hand, has yet to make it to the top of MMA, but has lost two of his last four fights against relatively unknown opponents.
Lashley hasn’t become a household name in MMA like many thought he would, and thus, his name value and appeal to the wrestling audience just isn’t really there anymore.
I’m one of those wrestling fans who would gladly welcome Lashley back (as long as he’s a full-timer) because I thought he was a good wrestler and never really reached his full potential in the WWE.
But if you’re the WWE, you have to be thinking: Why bring in someone who hasn’t competed for the company since 2008 and isn’t a huge draw like The Rock or Lesnar?
Like I said, I think Lashley still brings value to the WWE. The problem is that his value is much lower now than it would have been, let’s say, in 2009 or even 2010.