In a recent interview with Steve Fall for, WWE SmackDown superstar Bobby Lashley discussed several topics, including the return of CM Punk to the company at the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view.

“I really don’t know to be honest with you, I was actually leaving around the time when Punk was really starting to pick up a little steam, I mean he was there, but he really didn’t do anything at that time, and I know he had a big impact in WWE in his time there.

I spoke with some of the guys that know him, I got mixed feelings, some people were very against it, some people were, you know whatever, but you know it’s a land of opportunity, so if he comes back and he helps out the show, and that’s the business side of it.

I don’t really know Punk too personally, when I was fighting, he went to UFC, I put my money on him, so he does owe me a little bit of money, twice. I was like oh you could do it, come on. For integrity purposes, I understand he has a big name, he’s coming back and he’s going to do some big numbers, but I hope they make him kind of work for some of the stuff. I hope he’s not one of the people that, oh okay he comes back, going to win the Rumble, we’re going to do this, we’re going to do that.

I hope they give him an opportunity to kind of prove his loyalty to the business and some of the people in there, just to let everybody know, some of his naysayers, some of the people that aren’t too happy about him being there, I hope he has his opportunity to work his way back up to the top and not just be given everything, because maybe he negotiated a good contract that allowed him to do that.”

The full interview is available at this link.