Bobby Lashley defeated Brock Lesnar by disqualification in a short but entertaining match with a disappointing finish. Lesnar was treated like the baby going into this match, and received a rousing reaction from the Montreal crowd. But it was a low blow during the Hurt Lock that brought an abrupt end to an action-packed match – one that saw Lashley kick out of multiple F-5s.
Lesnar finished off Lashley with an F-5 through the table.
In a three-match series between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley, Lashley took on the role of heel during Hurt Business reunion segments. MVP was approaching Lashley in recent broadcasts of WWE Raw and the subsequent backstage segments featured MVP in close combat with former and future members of Hurt Business Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin.
Alexander and Benjamin recently resurfaced on television, defeating The Alpha Academy on the February 6, 2023 broadcast of WWE Raw.
Lashley’s slow heel turn came off as Lesnar continued to attack the former WWE champion. Monday night on Raw, Lashley – alongside security – brought his own table to sign a contract. Chanting “Bobby’s scared,” Lashley’s heel turn was almost solid.
With WWE heavily teasing a Hurt Business reunion, there’s no time like the present. Returning to The Hurt Business during Black History Month makes too much sense.
Bray Wyatt appears to be the next block for Lashley. On Friday night on SmackDown, Wyatt basically challenged the winner of Lashley vs. Lesnar. With Wyatt’s return drawing polarizing reviews despite his popularity and strong merchandise sales, a top star like Lashley will be the true litmus test of how much staying power Wyatt’s Uncle Howdy gimmick has in a main event role. Wyatt’s previous feud with LA Knight drew tepid reviews, and their Pitch Black match was one of the more overlooked aspects of a relatively strong Royal Rumble.
Even before his return, the Fiend incarnation of Wyatt was guilty of devaluing every child who dared to cross his path. Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman and Randy Orton all entered the madhouse while feuding with Wyatt, and took significant damage.
If Wyatt can’t get a quality feud out of Bobby Lashley and The Hurt Business, there may be no hope. Much like his initial rise as The Fiend, Wyatt is still well on his way to becoming one of WWE’s biggest draws, but he still suffers from over-ambitious storytelling and an underappreciated follow-up. With WWE firing on all cylinders this WrestleMania season, and excuses drying up like AEW’s audience, Wyatt is quickly approaching the end of it now or never.