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Bobby Lashley
Ring name(s)Blaster Lashley
Bobby Lashley
Billed height6ft 2.9in[1]
Billed weight273lbs[1]
Born (1976-07-16) July 16, 1976 (age 45)[2]
Junction City, Kansas[2]
Billed fromColorado Springs, Colorado[1]
Trained byOhio Valley Wrestling

Franklin Roberto Lashley (born July 16, 1976)[2] 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 the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he is the United States Champion. He is also known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he competed under the ring name Lashley.

Lashley was released from the WWE on February 4, 2008.[3] He returned to WWE on April 8, 2018, where he currently appears on Raw.[4] He is also an MMA fighter, where he was considered a top draw for Bellator. He has not fought professionally since 2016.

Wrestling career

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).[5] Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle.[2][6]

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.[2] 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.[7] 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.[8]



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