Bobby Lashley

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Bobby Lashley
Born (1976-07-16) July 16, 1976 (age 41)[1]
Junction City, Kansas[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Blaster Lashley
Bobby Lashley
Billed height 6ft 3.9in[2]
Billed from Colorado Springs, Colorado[2]
Trained by Ohio Valley Wrestling
Debut 2003
Retired 2017

Franklin Roberto Lashley (born July 16, 1976)[1] is an American professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and former collegiate amateur wrestler. He is better known as Bobby Lashley. He is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he competes under the ring name Lashley. He is also known for his time in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Lashley was released from the WWE on February 4, 2008.[3] He had not wrestled for several months before that due to injury. He is also an MMA fighter and he holds a record of 12 wins and 2 losses. Lashley stated that in 2017 he will retire

Wrestling career[change | change source]

Lashley went to Missouri Valley College. While he was there, he won three national amateur wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998. During 1997 and 1998 he was the NAIA National Wrestling Champion. He wrestled at the weight of 177 pounds (80 kilograms).[4] Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle.[1][5]

In November 2003, Lashley started professional wrestling. He began working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). WWE sent him to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he started his training under Lance Storm. During 2005, Lashley appeared at four live events for both the RAW and SmackDown! brands.[1] On September 23 2005, Lashley made his televised WWE debut on SmackDown!

On November 14, Lashley moved to the ECW brand. Lashley signed a contract for the final spot in a six-man match for the ECW World Championship at December to Dismember. Lashley won the match and became the new ECW World Champion. This made Lashley the first African American to hold the ECW title.[6] Lashley lost the title to Vince McMahon in May of 2007. On June 3, 2007, he defeated McMahon to get the title back.

On the June 19, 2014 episode on Impact Wrestling, Lashley defeated Eric Young to win his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[7]

Acting[change | change source]

Movies[change | change source]

  • The Way of War - Tattooed Hispanic Man (2009)
  • Beatdown - Lucius (2010)
  • Blood Out - Hector (2011)
  • Walk-ins Welcome - Felix (2011)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Bobby Lashley profile". Bobby Lashley Online. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Bobby Lashley profile". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  3. "Bobby Lashley released". WWE. Retrieved 2014-12-25. 
  4. "All-American Men's Wrestling Records". Missouri Valley College. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  5. "Meet the N.A.I.A.'s-Bobby Lashley". N.A.I.A. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  6. "December to Dismember - Extreme Elimination Chamber result". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  7. "Lashley Defeats Eric Young to Win First TNA World Heavyweight Championship". TNA Wrestling. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 

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