WWE misses the mark from time to time on creating solid hero characters. I do not think this is what happened with Ronda Rousey… However, with characters like Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley you can see that WWE does not know what they are doing. Why isn’t Lashley getting cheered? Look at these cringe-worthy story points. 3
- Bobby Lashley was managed by President Trump in the battle of the billionaires– You want to become a lifetime wrestling heel, be managed by the most despised president past 2010. My family remembers’s when Wendi Richter was managed by Cyndi Lauper. That establishes a hero. Want to become a villain? Be managed by the leader of the Republican Party. Plus the Mr. McMahon vs Donald Trump story is a waste of time without any of the old dudes actually wrestling.
- Lashley’s character was a bully in Global Wrestling & the Indie scene – For WWE to make Lashley a good guy. They have to exceed years of Lashley being established as a villain who beats up X-Division & Cruiserweight wrestlers. Like much of what I remember Lashley for is beating up Eddie Edwards. How is that going to get him over?
- He is missing the third dimension – This is more intangible but considers this… Every time Lashley seems to get a run in WWE his character seems to flatten out. Kind of like they don’t really know what to do with him. He was United States Champion and I still didn’t know who he was. The coolest angle I remember from his first WWE run was actually the Lashley vs Cena angle. That just had a big fight feel to it. I think if they want to get Lashley over, he has to skip the line and you need to start fueding him with Brock Lesner. Fans already know that is why Lashley is there anyway.
Believe it or not I actually like Lashley. I am just not insane, he does not meet the formula of a good character at the moment. That does not mean hope is lost. Maybe if you put him on a heel run or throw him in a feud with Brock Lesner, he can get to that next level. Just if I am a writer I am not exploring the Lashley & Strowman tag team for very much longer. There is nothing there chemistry wise. It is just two big men, “meh” typical WWE team.