Bobby Lashley

American professional wrestler and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter

Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley (born July 16, 1976) is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand and is the leader of the stable "The Pride". He is also known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he competed under the ring name Lashley. He is an eight-time world champion, having been a two-time WWE Champion, two-time ECW World Champion, and four-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He also won the WWE United States Championship three times and the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice.

Bobby Lashley
Lashley in 2017
Birth nameFranklin Roberto Lashley
Born (1976-07-16) July 16, 1976 (age 47)
Junction City, Kansas, U.S.
Alma materMissouri Valley College (BA)
PartnerKristal Marshall (2007–2010)
Children3
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Blaster Lashley[1]
Bobby Lashley[1]
Lashley[1]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[2][3][4]
Billed weight273 lb (124 kg)[2]
Billed fromDenver, Colorado, U.S.
Trained byOhio Valley Wrestling[1]
DebutJanuary 2005[5]
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1999–2002
Rank Sergeant

He is also an MMA fighter, where he was considered a top draw for Bellator. He has not fought professionally since 2016.

Wrestling career

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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).[6] Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle.[7]

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. 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.[8] 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 11 episode of Raw, Lashley was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2007 WWE draft.[9] As a result of the move, Lashley was stripped of the ECW World Championship by McMahon. Lashley was released from the WWE on February 4, 2008.[10]

On the June 19, 2014 episode on Impact Wrestling, Lashley defeated Eric Young to win his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[11] Lashley returned to WWE on April 8, 2018 edition of Raw.[12]

Acting

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Film
Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Way of War Tattooed Hispanic Man
2010 Beatdown Lucius
2011 Blood Out Hector
Walk-ins Welcome Felix
2022 Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone [13]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Deal or No Deal Himself
2016 Rush Hour Bar Thug
Music videos
Year Song Artist Role
2012 Nightmare Kasland Asylum Orderly

Mixed martial arts record

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Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–2 Josh Appelt Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 162 October 21, 2016 2 1:43 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 14–2 James Thompson TKO (punches) Bellator 145 November 6, 2015 1 0:54 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 13–2 Dan Charles TKO (punches) Bellator 138 June 19, 2015 2 4:14 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 12–2 Karl Etherington TKO (submission to punches) Bellator 130 October 24, 2014 1 1:31 Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Win 11–2 Josh Burns Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 123 September 5, 2014 2 3:54 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 10–2 Tony Melton Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fight Night 15 November 8, 2013 5 5:00 Catoosa, Oklahoma, United States Won the XFN Heavyweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Matthew Larson Submission (rear-naked choke) GWC: The British Invasion: U.S. vs. U.K. June 29, 2013 1 1:38 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 8–2 Kevin Asplund Submission (americana) Titan FC 25 June 7, 2013 2 1:23 Fort Riley, Kansas, United States
Loss 7–2 James Thompson Decision (unanimous) Super Fight League 3: Lashley vs. Thompson May 6, 2012 3 5:00 New Delhi, India
Win 7–1 Karl Knothe Submission (americana) Shark Fights 21: Knothe vs. Lashley November 11, 2011 1 3:44 Lubbock, Texas, United States Won the Shark Fights Heavyweight Championship.
Win 6–1 John Ott Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 17 March 25, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 5–1 Chad Griggs TKO (doctor stoppage) Strikeforce: Houston August 21, 2010 2 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 5–0 Wes Sims TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Miami January 30, 2010 1 2:06 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 4–0 Bob Sapp TKO (submission to punches) FFI: Ultimate Chaos June 27, 2009 1 3:17 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 3–0 Mike Cook Technical Submission (guillotine choke) MFC 21 May 15, 2009 1 0:24 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–0 Jason Guida Decision (unanimous) SRP: March Badness March 21, 2009 3 5:00 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Joshua Franklin TKO (doctor stoppage) MFA: There Will Be Blood December 13, 2008 1 0:41 Miami, Florida, United States Heavyweight debut.

Championships and accomplishments

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Amateur wrestling

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  • International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
    • NYAC Christmas Tournament Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist (2001)
  • International Military Sports Council
    • CISM Armed Forces Championships Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist (2003)
    • CISM Armed Forces Championships Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist (2002)
    • CISM Military World Championships Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist (2002)
  • USA Wrestling
    • Third in the USA World Team Trials Senior Freestyle (2003)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
    • NAIA All-American (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
    • NAIA Collegiate National Championship (1996, 1997, 1998)
  • Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association
    • KWCA Collegiate Wrestler of the Year (1998)
  • National High School Coaches Association
    • NHSCA Senior All-American (1994)
  • Kansas State High School Activities Association
    • KSHSAA 6A All-State (1993, 1994)
    • KSHSAA 6A High School State Championship (1994)
    • KSHSAA 6A High School State Championship Runner-up (1993)

Mixed martial arts

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  • Shark Fights
    • Shark Fights Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Xtreme Fight Night
    • XFN Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Professional wrestling

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References

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