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Lashley's Impact Contract Won't Let Him Join The Royal Rumble

Bobby Lashley and EC3 finished up their tapings for Impact Wrestling and have left the company. There have been multiple rumors and reports that both men will soon sign with the WWE.

According to Mike johnson of PWInsider.com, EC3 is completely done with Impact Wrestling and is now free to join any company he wants, though he is likely on his way to the WWE. As for Lashley, he cannot sign elsewhere until Feb. 1, which means he will not be appearing at the Jan. 28 Royal Rumble pay-per-view show.

Both Lashly and EC3 were among the most marketable and beloved stars in Impact Wrestling, but the company has been making some major roster shake-ups since hiring Canadians Scott D'Amore and Don Callis as executive vice presidents. It was reported by PWInsider that Scott Steiner and Tommy Dreamer were present at recent Impact tapings, and they're to appear on televised events again.

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Though the speculation has risen that Lashley will join the WWE, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio recently noted that the former ECW Champion had tension with former company official Michael Hayes. As such, the two were assigned to work on different brands - and Lashley later left the WWE in 2008 under bitter circumstances.

via Fights Day

Of course, Triple H and Vince McMahon have willingly brought back former talents if they think it'll improve the quality of the roster. They brought back Matt and Jeff Hardy at WrestleMania 33, despite both of the brothers leaving WWE under controversial situations.

During his time with WWE, Lashley won two ECW World Championships and one United States title. With a strong background in MMA and kickboxing, Lashley is one of the top all-around wrestlers in the world, and could be an excellent addition to the WWE's mid-card division.

But if Lashley returns, it's not going to be at the Royal Rumble, so fans will have to scratch off one possible "surprise entry" off their list.

NEXT: LASHLEY FOLLOWS EC3 OUT OF IMPACT

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