16 years after his professional wrestling debut, Bobby Lashley can finally call himself WWE Champion. The Chief Hurt Officer Of The Hurt Business has been presented as a dominant force on WWE TV for much of the last year and he defeated The Miz on Monday's episode of Raw to capture his first WWE Title.
Lashley has been doing the media rounds since Monday and he reflected on his title win during an interview with FOX Sports.
"I'm on cloud nine right now," Lashley said. "This is probably one of the greatest achievements in my athletic career.
"The one thing that is more important than anything for me, it's more than money, it's that legacy. I was able to etch my name into the history of professional wrestling that only a few people can say that they actually have. Then, when you look at the lineage of people that have held that title, to put my name amongst those guys... I can't even articulate what that means to me.
"This is huge, because being the WWE Champion, they expect a lot out of you. You gotta carry the show. You got a lot of things to go through. You gotta put on some of the best matches. You gotta do the things that a lot of the other guys aren't doing.
"Before I came back on this last run, I told them, 'I want all of that. Because that's what I came back for. I'm coming back for that WWE Championship and I'm not stopping until I get it. Then, when I do get it, I'm ready to build a legacy.' I wanted Bobby Lashley's time, 'The Almighty' Lashley's time, with that title to mean something, and mean something big. That's what I want to make happen."
Having captured the gold, Lashley looks set to walk into WrestleMania 37 as WWE Champion and The All Mighty admitted during the same interview that he wants to face Drew McIntyre or Brock Lesnar at The Show Of Shows.