‘The Hurt Business runs Raw’ (Photo: WWE)
WWE superstar Bobby Lashley has predicted big things for RETRIBUTION and Mustafa Ali – but only if they can get away from the Hurt Business.
The two factions came to blows on Raw last year, and Lashley – who recently lost the United States Title but will challenge WWE Champion The Miz for the gold on Monday night – has opened up on whether Ali’s group can regain its footing and become a dominant force.
He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘Well, not like the Hurt Business! I think that they have their own direction that they need to go. But that one thing is I know that they have Ali at the front of RETRIBUTION.
‘Ali’s incredible. He has a great mind for the business, he has an energy and he brings everything to RETRIBUTION. So, I think that they have a long way to go, I think you’re gonna see a resurgence of RETRIBUTION.’
Whereas Hurt Business – completed by MVP and current Raw Tag Team Champions Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin – have been a group to be reckoned with on the red brand, their former opponents haven’t quite found their footing.
Lashley suggested one solution would be a change of scenery.
He laughed: ‘They just ned to find a different show because they can’t be on the same show with the Hurt Business, because the Hurt Business runs Raw.
‘If they wanna be able to bring themselves back up to be a dominant force, they may need to look at SmackDown and maybe even look at a different direction.’
However, he was keen not to disrespect Ali and RETRIBUTION – which also features T-Bar, Slapjack, Mace and Reckoning – as he suggested the sky is the limit with the immense talent involved.
‘But I love those guys, and I loved that feud,’ he added.
‘They have some big strong guys that are tough and they have Ali that is probably one of the best in the business. I think they have a long way to go!’
*Bobby Lashley challenges WWE Champion The Miz on Monday Night Raw. Watch every Monday at 1am on BT Sport.