Bobby Lashley Discusses Impromptu Rain Delay Promo At WrestleMania

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Bobby Lashley has recalled the pent-up energy he had when his WrestleMania 37 match was put on hold due to the weather, and how he kept the energy levels up during his impromptu promo.

After WrestleMania 36 was forced to take place behind closed doors due to the pandemic, the excitement was palpable the following year in Tampa, Florida when fans were back in attendance at a live show for the first time. However, in a twist of fate you could almost see happening the weather intervened, and a storm caused a delay to the start of ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’.

Waiting in the wings was Bobby Lashley, who was set to defend the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre in the opening match of the night. With the start of the show being pushed back to allow the storm to pass, Michael Cole and Samoa Joe were left out in the ring wearing what would become iconic ponchos, and WWE superstars ended up cutting off-the-cuff promos to fill the time.

Speaking with Kenny McIntosh of Inside The Ropes, ‘The All Mighty’ remembers how hyped he was ready for the match, and that he was “ready to explode” when he was told it was on hold.

I was inches away from just running over and punching Drew in the face and telling someone to just grab a camera. I was hyped, I was ready to explode. And then the rain happened and I was like, ‘I can’t bring this down, I don’t know if I can bring it down.’ I was running, I was doing sprints down the hall in the back, and we had some other stuff going on.

Bobby Lashley went on to talk about how he was ready to just get a camera and punch McIntyre in the face, then go out in the rain to get the match started because he was so ready for it to happen then and there.

I was like, ‘Let’s just go out there, it doesn’t even matter. Let’s go, let’s make this happen, now! Why don’t you guys just get this camera, I’m gonna go punch Drew right in his face right now and see what he does. And let’s just make this happen. Let’s just brawl back here, we got to give them something. And we got to do something, because with all this bottled-up energy right now, it needs to get out.’

After the weather calmed down enough for the wrestlers to go out and compete safely, Lashley ended up being happy about how the delay had worked out.

Then to have the opportunity to go out there, and it not get cancelled, or called off or anything like that was awesome. Because it made them wait just a little bit more. Then suddenly we’re ready and it’s, ‘NOW, give it to them!’ So I was cool with how it all ended up.

Bobby Lashley retained the title that night, and would hold the belt until Money In The Bank when he lost to Big E. ‘The All Mighty’ last competed at Elimination Chamber, when he lost the title for a second time, on this occasion to Brock Lesnar. Lashley has been out due to shoulder surgery since, and there is currently no known timeframe for his return.