Bobby Lashley Should Be Competing In Grand Championship Matches In The Near Future

Over the past month, there have been several reports that some people from American Top Team are trying to convince Bobby Lashley to reduce his wrestling schedule. In fact, according to PWInsider, “there’s been some pressure from America’s Top Team about Bobby Lashley concentrating full-time on MMA pursuit…. in regard to that situation”. Even though these reports seemed to be real at first, it now appears as if somebody within GFW leaked this information to the media to set up a future angle for Lashley. This is because GFW shot a segment at the American Top Team gym where the owner Dan Lambert and several other fighters; were giving their input on whether Lashley should focus on MMA or continue to do pro wrestling and MMA.The following week, GFW showed a segment where Jeff Jarrett went to the gym in hopes of reaching a compromise with Dan Lambert; that would allow Lashley to continue his wrestling career.  As a result of this, it appears that American Top Team has no problems with Lashley working for GFW; because if the team did they wouldn’t have given the company permission to film at the gym. Furthermore, if the reports are true why would GFW publicly acknowledge that one of their biggest stars is being pressured to leave wrestling by his MMA coaches.

As a result of this, GFW should set up a storyline where they shoot a bunch of segments that revolve around Lashley talking to GFW officials or ATT coaches about his plans. For instance, GFW could film a segment where he is meeting with ATT coaches to discuss what are the benefits of putting wrestling on the backburner and focusing on MMA. Eventually, he realizes that both sides bring up good points and starts thinking about possible solutions that satisfy both parties. After a few weeks of deliberation, he decides that he should incorporate his MMA training into matches. For example, every time he enters the ring his mindset will be to take down the opponent to land punches until the referee stops the match or they go unconscious. Unfortunately, he will dominate matches but end up losing because the opponent can slap on a submission out of nowhere or he doesn’t listen to the referee which causes a disqualification. Due to this, he concludes that it is impossible to do a standard match with an MMA style.

Therefore, he decides to set up a big meeting with GFW officials and ATT coaches to announce his retirement from pro wrestling. However, during the meeting, GFW officials bring up the idea of him competing in Grand Championship matches as a way to satisfy both sides. The idea behind this new belt/division was to introduce a new match style to fans where wrestlers would compete under MMA style rules. This contest consists of three separate rounds with a three-minute time limit per round and a ten point must scoring system. Once GFW officials explain the concept to ATT coaches, they conclude that it is an adequate solution that will make both sides happy.

Impact Wrestling Is Mishandling The Grand Championship 

Over the past nine months, Impact Wrestling  has used the grand championship as an opportunity to capitalize on the popularity of mixed martial arts. The idea behind this new belt/division was to introduce a new match style to fans where wrestlers would compete under MMA style rules. This contest consists of three separate rounds with a three-minute time limit per round and a ten point must scoring system. While the company has managed to copy the format of an MMA bout successfully, they continue to overlook one aspect that was vital to the success of the sport. The majority of contest in MMA are nontitle fights between two fighters in a particular division. The system allows a fighter to earn a title shot by defeating multiple people in the division over the course of several bouts. Furthermore, it allows fans to follow a fighters trajectory which makes it easier to understand how they earned the number one contender spot. Unfortunately, Impact has ignored that system as they have been giving title shots to wrestlers who haven’t earned it. For example, Impact management gave Marshe Rockett a title shot because he asked their champion “Moose” for one on social media.

Therefore if Impact Wrestling wants to make the grand championship a staple of their organization, they need to figure out a system where wrestlers can go about earning a title shot. As a result, I suggest that the company create a ten man tournament to develop a ranking system where a wrestler’s ranking would be based on when he is eliminated. For instance, if a wrestler won the tournament he would get the next title shot but if he were the first elimination his ranking would be tenth. After the tournament is over, the champion would face the number one contender at a later date, and the rest of the wrestlers would fight each other to climb the rankings. Furthermore, if a new person wants to enter the mix, he must beat all ten wrestlers to get a shot. On the other hand, if the company isn’t committed to the idea it should be scrapped.