In 2005, Bobby Lashley exploded onto the scene in WWE.
His first pay-per-view match was against Simon Dean and only a month later he was in a SmackDown! vs Raw Survivor Series match.
He would win the ECW World Championship and the WWE United States Championship, and be involved in the ‘Battle of the Billionaires’ match featuring Vince McMahon, Donald Trump and Umaga.
Yet, he would leave the WWE in 2008 just after his first run at the WWE Championship, not to be seen in the company until 2018.
Now, with a WWE Championship match against The Miz this week, it looks set as Lashley’s time to claim the gold.
Speaking ahead of the match, the challenger said he’d have plenty of advice for his younger self, growing up in the industry.
“My advice would be, stay strong,” he told The Inner Sanctum.
“You know, the wrestling business has its ups and downs and like everybody, everybody knows everybody says it’s not always you’re on top.
“And there’s some times where you have to scrape and crawl and, and beg and plead and do everything you can.
“So I would tell I would tell my old self the same thing that I knew from the beginning is persistence, stay in there stay in the fight no matter what.
“Because, like, my favourite quote is, “the harder you work the luckier you get.”
“And I’m not afraid of hard work. So I knew luck was on its way, just based on the hard work that I put in.”
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