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Bobby Lashley has some interesting things to say about CM Punk’s WWE return

A few folks in and around WWE have shared their thoughts about CM Punk returning to the company almost a decade after walking away from it, and after his tumultuous AEW run ended with his firing a few months ago. Some of those have fans reading between the lines, or searching for ulterior motives. Others are more a game of “work or shoot?”

Bobby Lashley’s conversation about Punk with’s Steve Fall is pretty clear. As with any interview with a pro wrestler, it’s possible some of it is storyline-driven... especially as it seems WWE & Punk will be bringing real-life concerns about his past behind-the-scenes behavior into their fictional world.

While pointing out that he and Punk didn’t cross paths much during their initial runs with the company, Lashley admits to being ambivalent about Punk’s WWE comeback:

“I really don’t know, to be honest with you. I was actually leaving [WWE in 2008) around the time when Punk was really starting to pick up a little steam. I mean, he was there, but he really didn’t do anything at that time. And I know he had a big impact in WWE in his time there.

“I spoke with some of the guys that know him. I got mixed feelings. Some people were very against it, some people were, you know, whatever. But you know, it’s a land of opportunity. So, if he comes back and he helps out the show, and that’s the business side of it.”

Regarding how WWE should book the Best in the World now that he is back, Lashley hopes they don’t just push him to the main event. But maybe not for the reasons you’d suspect:

“For integrity purposes, I understand he has a big name, he’s coming back. And he’s gonna do some big numbers, but I hope they make him kind of work for some of the stuff. I hope he’s not one of the people that ‘oh okay, he comes back, gonna win the Rumble, we’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do that.’

“I hope they give him an opportunity to kind of prove his loyalty to the business and some of the people in there just to let everybody know, some of the naysayers, some of the people that aren’t too happy about him being there. I hope he has his opportunity to work his way back up to the top and not just [be] given everything, because maybe he negotiated a good contract that allowed him to do that.”

And if WWE does want the All Mighty to feud with Punk at some point, Bobby has an angle in mind...

“I don’t really know Punk too personally. When I was fighting [mixed martial arts with Bellator], he went to UFC. I put my money on him. So he does owe me a little bit of money (Laughs). Twice. I was like, ‘Oh, you could do it. Come on.’”

[NARRATOR: Punk could not, in fact, “do it”]

In his one promo since returning at Survivor Series, Punk proved he’s willing to put WWE over in a way he’d never done before. Will we see some other signs of humility from the Straight Edge Chicagoan to prove the “naysayers” wrong, as Lashley hopes? Should we?

Let us know what you think, Cagesiders. And check out Fall’s entire interview with Lashley here.

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