TNA World Champion Bobby Lashley recently spoke with the folks at “Give Me Sport” about his feelings on how TNA can compete with WWE, the differences between his first run in TNA and his current run, CM Punk transitioning from pro wrestling to mixed-martial-arts an more.

Below are highlights from the interview:

On ways TNA can compete with WWE: “I think right now that we’re building in the right direction and I don’t want to say they are declining but they are at a bit of a standstill. Getting mixed reactions, while thats happening, we’re rising up. I think that in the future it will get to a point where there will be a little bit more competition between the two.”

On the differences between his first run in TNA and his current run: “Yeah, my first run I wasn’t completely right and wasn’t able to give it 100% like I wanted too. I had some time in between to wrestle a bit and this time had more chance to settle in. And this time it has been a lot better, my work rate’s been a lot better as well as getting to work with some top guys. And I’m pretty proud to holding that title for TNA right now.”

On differences between TNA and WWE for a wrestler: “You know here I like the cohesive unit and everyone is on the same page, no real back stabbing and none of that politics that usually go on, especially in the wrestling business. I know that everyone coming here is like we’re about to blow this show outta there. Everyone is on the same page with that. People will enjoy the things we do and in the long run they’ll be a shift.”

On wrestlers he’d like to work with in the main event scene: “Yeah there are a couple guys, of course Gunner! If he gets the right building then he’ll be up there. I’d also like to work Mr. Anderson, we got to work a bit back in the WWE and now we’re both here, I want that match up also. I’m keen to meet the British Boot Camp guys and I’m sure they’ll be doing something on these tour shows.”

On how he feels CM Punk will do in MMA: “I think he’ll do great, he’s had plenty of time to train. Once he has got all of the training in. I believe he’ll go out there and show the crowd that he is ready for it and I think he’ll earn a lot of respect for doing it. I know a lot of people will be watching, I know I will!”

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