The former President of the United States Donald Trump was previously involved in a feud with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon back in 2007. The former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley recently recalled the classic rivalry between Vince and Trump. It was noted how the rivalry was billed as ‘The Battle of the Billionaires’ while both McMahon and Trump roped in the two stars to do their fight for them at WrestleMania 23 in Detroit. ‘The All Mighty’ was a newcomer to the business when he went up against the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga.
During a recent interview with Kenny McIntosh of Inside the Ropes, Lashley disclosed that Trump went off the script while being in a segment with Vince McMahon.
Donald Trump slapping Vince McMahon was unplanned
The two-time WWE Champion spoke in detail about the incident between the two billionaires at a press conference leading up to WrestleMania. Lashley went on to reveal that Trump would slap McMahon and it was not a planned moment. Here is what he divulged:
“None of that was planned. That’s the way it goes man, you’ve got to understand some people get it. And those guys knew what the business was about, and how to sell a match, and everything just went crazy. I was just acting, reacting to the situation. We have so much chaos and craziness going on, so you’ve just got to react how you would normally react and that’s what I was doing.” said Bobby.
Lashley further stated that it was a memorable experience working with WWE legends like Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin so early on in his career. He said:
“It was super, man. At that time, we were doing so much travel around wrestling, so many matches, that it was just natural. It felt comfortable. Everybody in that match had great minds. Stone Cold—mastermind. Donald Trump, I mean, mastermind. Vince McMahon—mastermind. Shane—mastermind. Umaga—mastermind in this business.” Lashley added: “So, for me being a little green, at least greener than everybody there, it felt comfortable. Everything about it was cool to me.”
WWE has been heavily promoting an upcoming match for Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2022, with Paul Heyman even referencing the match on Friday’s episode of SmackDown. Originally, it was planned that Lashley would face the current WWE Champion, a legitimate injury to Lashley and a concussion storyline would keep him off the programming.