News and Notes on Lashley, Sabu, Trish Stratus and More

– In an interview with Alex Marvez, former ECW Champion Bobby Lashley opened up on backstage political forces in World Wrestling Entertainment working against him. “I’m not going to say there weren’t people there who tried to make things difficult for me,” Lashley said. “There are some guys there who won’t even warm up before a match and just go out and do blah, blah, blah.” He added, “I didn’t have the same skills yet as some people there. But I was working at it all the time and at the gym to make my appearance as good as possible. Sometimes in life, you have to work around things and keep climbing. I tried, but I was fighting a losing battle.” Lashley eventually left the company to go after his MMA dream. He believes he’ll eventually cross paths with Brock Lesnar. “Eventually we’ll cross paths, whether it’s fighting, training, talking, or shaking hands,” Lashley said. “We’ll see which it is.”

– Former WWE Diva Trish Stratus will be appearing on the Pain Clinic radio show tomorrow morning promoting a fundraiser she is participating in for the “Heart & Stroke Foundation.” You can listen to Miss Stratus on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on the air at Sportsradio 1280 WHTK or online at

– Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei have been nominated for Golden Globes for their performances in the upcoming film “The Wrestler”. Rourke got the nod for the Best Performance by an actor in a motion picture drama, while Tomei got the nod for best performance by an actress in a supporting role. Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” song written specifically for the film also got a nod for Best original song in a motion picture. Rourke will go up against some stiff competition in Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button), Sean Penn (Milk), Leonardo Di Caprio (Revolutionary Road) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) Tomei will take on Kate Winslet (The Reader), Viola Davis (Doubt), Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Amy Adams for Doubt (2008).

– Today is former ECW star Sabu’s birthday. He turns 44 years old.

– In an interview with SLAM! Wrestling, former WWE star Mike “Mikey” Mondo commented on his experience as a member of the Spirit Squad. “To be honest, with the Spirit Squad, I didn’t know what to expect or think, but personally I loved the gimmick,” Mondo said. “All five of us embraced it and did everything we could to make it work and I think we did a very good job. My time with the Spirit Squad was probably the most fun I’ve had in my career so far.” Mondo also comments on his journey to WWE, wrestling TNA star Jay Lethal on the indy scene on his way up, what he’s been up to since his departure from WWE, and more.