Franklin Roberto Lashley is a 44-year-old professional wrestler from Junction City, Kansas. He wrestles under the ring name, Bobby Lashley, and is currently the WWE Champion in his first title reign.
Lashley began amateur wrestling in the seventh grade. He continued wrestling in high school and then at Missouri Valley College, he was the 1996, 1997, and 1998 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Wrestling Champion in the 177 lb category.
After college, he enlisted in the army where he continued to compete in amateur wrestling in the army’s World Class Athlete program. While in the army, Lashley won a gold and silver medal in the International Military Sports Council senior freestyle wrestling event.
In 2003, Lashley continued training in amateur wrestling and was working towards the goal of qualifying for Team USA to wrestle at the 2004 Olympic Games. While at a bank, Lashley witnessed a bank robbery and injured his knee while diving to avoid gunshots. He required surgery to repair the injury and was unable to continue amateur wrestling.
Bobby Lashley’s WWE Debut
In 2005, Lashley wrestled several dark matches for WWE live events on both RAW and SmackDown. He made his televised WWE debut in September 2005 and defeated Simon Dean in his first match. Lashley then began a winning streak defeating various superstars. In April 2006, he won his first battle royal and then competed at WrestleMania 22 in the Money in the Bank match that was won by Rob Van Dam.
Lashley entered SmackDown’s King of the Ring tournament and made it to the finals after defeating Mark Henry and Finlay. But at the final round, which was held at the Judgement Day PPV, he was defeated by Booker T. In July 2006, Bobby Lashley defeated JBL for the United States Championship but lost it to Finlay less than two months later.
In November 2006, WWE assigned Lashley to the company’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) brand and in December, he won the ECW World Championship. Lashley successfully defended his title against numerous competitors including Big Show, Rob Van Dam, Test, Hardcore Holly, Kenny Dykstra, and Mr. Kennedy. Lashley lost the title to Vince McMahon in January 2007 but regained it a second time.
Lashley was released from his contract by the WWE in February 2008. He returned to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2009 and also wrestled on the independent circuit for several years.
Lashley’s Return to WWE
The night after WrestleMania 34 in 2018, Lashley made his return to WWE on RAW where he confronted and attacked Elias. For the next month, Lashley successfully teamed with various partners including Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Bobby Roode and Roman Reigns. At Backlash, he teamed with Braun Strowman and beat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Following the event, Lashley feuded with Zayn and beat him at Money in the Bank.
In the fall of 2018, Lashley introduced Lio Rush as his new manager.
Lashley Wins Intercontinental Championship
In January 2019, Lashley won the Intercontinental Championship in a triple threat match against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. His reign lasted 34 days when he was defeated by Finn Bálor in a handicap match also involving Lio Rush who was pinned. A few months later, he regained the title but lost it again to Bálor at WrestleMania 35.
Throughout 2019, Lashley feuded with Braun Strowman and Rusev. At WrestleMania 36, Lashley lost to Aleister Black but then proceeded to go on a winning streak against various opponents. At PayBack 2020, Lashley defeated Apollo Crews and won the United States Championship for a second time.
Lashley lost the WWE United States Championship at the 2021 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event to Riddle.
Bobby Lashley Wins WWE Championship
Bobby Lashley defeated The Miz on March 1st’s Monday Night RAW to become the WWE Champion.
Birth name: Franklin Roberto Lashley
Born: July 16, 1976, Junction City, Kansas, USA
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight: 273 lb (124 kg)
Spouse: Kristal Melisa Marshall
Ring Name(s): Blaster Lashley, Bobby Lashley, Lashley
Current Roster: WWE RAW
Finishing Move(s): The Dominator
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Alabama Wrestling Federation
- AWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Italian Wrestling Superstar
- IWS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling/Impact Wrestling
- TNA/Impact World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
- King of the Mountain Championship (1 time) (Final)
- TNA X Division Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- ECW World Championship (2 times)
- WWE Championship (1 time, current)
- Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- WWE United States Championship (2 times)