Bobby Lashley Retaining Over Drew McIntyre Was The Right Call

WrestleMania 37 kicked off—after the rain delay—with “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley defending the WWE Championship towards two-time former champion, Drew McIntyre.

A backstage confrontation through the aforementioned rain delay saved tempers gave strategy to a heated contest between the 2 heavyweights. Three consecutive Future Shock DDTs and an atypical over-the-toprope dive to the surface from the challenger couldn’t put the champion away. McIntyre’s incapacity to hit Lashley with the Claymore—the ultimate try being thwarted by an MVP distraction—led to the champion placing the challenger out with The Harm Lock to retain.

McIntyre getting one other alternative for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 37 made sense. Not solely was he not decisively crushed to lose the title, however his monumental championship victory over Brock Lesnar the earlier yr that was set to happen in entrance of 60,000 followers at Raymond James Stadium, ended up occurring in entrance of an empty viewers as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

After a yr of proving true to his potential because the star workhorse of the Uncooked model with completely digital audiences, the opportunity of McIntyre lastly getting his full-audience WrestleMania second had many predicting that he would stroll out of Tampa Bay a three-time WWE Champion.

Whereas Drew McIntyre undoubtedly has extra world championship reigns in his future, Bobby Lashley retaining was the perfect determination for WrestleMania 37.

For that current second, it was Bobby Lashley’s time to shine. At 44 years outdated, Lashley’s run since taking up MVP has elevated him in the direction of elite standing and has exemplified simply how nice he could be when not saddled with ridiculous health poses or cleaning soap opera-esque storylines.

His WWE Championship victory over The Miz was broadly acclaimed, partially as a result of it was an overdue accomplishment that he appeared properly on observe for earlier than departing from the corporate in 2007, and one which horrendous reserving put out of his attain upon his 2018 return. For Lashley to get to such a giant stage as WrestleMania just for his title reign to finish a month in would’ve been unbefitting compared to the trail of dominance that he has been on for the final yr.

Bobby Lashley profitable at WrestleMania exhibits that he’s really valued as a predominant occasion expertise and never only a transitional champion. The importance of black wrestlers being concerned in each championship match on evening one in all WrestleMania can’t be understated both.

MVP enjoying a pivotal function within the consequence of Lashley vs. McIntyre foreshadows extra battles forward for “The All Mighty” and “The Scottish Warrior”. Whether or not McIntyre receives one other alternative within the close to future or another person on the roster—Keith Lee for instance—steps ahead to threaten Lashley’s dominion over the Uncooked model, Uncooked episodes for hopefully months to return will focus on who would be the one to lastly topple the “Chief Harm Officer” for the WWE Championship.

Bobby Lashley is in peak type on the helm of the crimson model. No matter how lengthy his title reign lasts from right here on out, his emphatic show-opening victory towards Drew McIntyre will go down as one of many high moments of WrestleMania 37.

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