Does it really surprise you? There are a lot of characters in the wrestling world and then there is Vince McMahon, who is the definition of one of a kind. McMahon is perhaps the most unique person in wrestling history and that is probably the best news that anyone could imagine. The stories you hear about McMahon show you just how out there he can be at times, but that can be very helpful with developing wrestlers and gimmicks. That was the case again last year.
If there is one constant in McMahon’s general taste, it is his fondness for muscular wrestlers. If you look back at most of the top stars in WWE history, a majority of them were incredibly muscular, with Hulk Hogan, John Cena and Bruno Sammartino coming straight to mind. It makes sense that McMahon would look for someone else in a similar vein, which is why he came up with a gimmick that did not go over so well.
In an interview with Fightful, Lio Rush discussed the Bobby Lashley posing gimmick, which included Lashley bending over to show the fans his favorite pose. Rush said that the pose was McMahon’s idea and something that the two of them discussed every week, with McMahon even demonstrating the idea in his office. The gimmick ended around WrestleMania 35 when Rush reportedly had backstage issues. Rush was released from WWE on April 15.
Lashley enjoyed the posing. Check out some of his favorite poses:
Opinion: Are you really surprised by anything that McMahon does? This kind of humor seems to be right up his alley and I can’t say I’m surprised that he would push something like that. Lashley has an amazing physique and the posing made sense, but he seems to be a much better fit with MVP in the Hurt Business than he was with Rush. The posing was cheap heat, but that is better than no heat at all, so it could have been a lot worse.
What did you think of the gimmick? Is Lashley better with Rush or MVP? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!