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Franklin Roberto Lashley[1] (born July 16, 1976)[1] is an American professional wrestler, mixed martial arts fighter and former Collegiate amateur wrestler. He is known from his stint in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Lashley is also a former member of the United States Army. In WWE, he is a former WWE United States Champion and a two time ECW World Champion. He currently has a two-fight contract with the American Fight League.

Wrestling career Edit

Amateur wrestling Edit

Franklin Lashley attended Missouri Valley College, where he won three national amateur wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998 and placed fourth in 1995. Throughout 1997 and 1998, he was the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Wrestling Champion.[2] Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle.[1][3]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–2008) Edit

In November 2005, Lashley began working in the professional wrestling area and signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. He was assigned to the development territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he was known as Blaster Lashley, and was a member of the Bolin Services stable along with Mike Mondo and Ken Doane.

SmackDown! (2005–2006)Edit

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In mid-2005 Lashley appeared at four live events, wrestling in dark matches for both the Raw and SmackDown! brands.[1] On September 23, 2005, Lashley made his televised WWE debut on SmackDown! using the name Bobby Lashley. Lashley was introduced as a three time National Amateur Wrestling Champion, a four time All–American, a two time Armed Forces Champion, and a 2002 Silver Medalist at the Military World Championship. In his first match, he defeated Simon Dean. In his pay-per-view debut at No Mercy 2005, he defeated Dean once again. Lashley went on to defeat numerous superstars both on SmackDown!.[1] On the November 11 episode of SmackDown!, Lashley defeated Orlando Jordan in a qualifying match for a place on Team SmackDown! at Survivor Series where he was the first to be eliminated.[4][5]

On January 6 2006, Lashley became the first announced participant from SmackDown! to be entered into that year's Royal Rumble.[6] At the Royal Rumble, Lashley was the eighth wrestler to enter the match. He eliminated Sylvan, but he was then eliminated after the combination of Raw's then World Tag Team Champions The Big Show and Kane.[7]

Following the Royal Rumble, Lashley began a feud with John "Bradshaw" Layfield leading up to a match at No Way Out. The match was Lashley's first loss in singles competition due to interference from Finlay.[8] During February and March, Lashley was involved in a feud with Finlay, where the two would brawl on many occasions, including a Lumberjack match that Finlay won after using a shillelagh.[9]

On April 2, after winning a Last Chance battle royal by last eliminating MNM, [10]Lashley competed at his first WrestleMania (WrestleMania 22) in the Money in the Bank ladder match. The match was won by Rob Van Dam.[11] Lashley next entered SmackDown!'s King of the Ring tournament. He lasted until the finals, defeating Mark Henry and Finlay in the process.[1] In the final round, held at Judgment Day he was defeated by Booker T with help from Finlay. Later, as Booker was being crowned, Lashley delivered a spear to Booker.[12] These acts developed into a feud with the newly named "King Booker" and the other members of his court (Queen Sharmell, Finlay and William Regal). During this feud, Lashley won his first professional wrestling championship by defeating John "Bradshaw" Layfield for the WWE United States Championship, which he lost to Finlay a little less than two months later.[13][14] Lashley later joined forces with Batista against the Court.

Not long after losing the United States title, Lashley was declared unable to compete according to a physician who stated that during an annual exam, Lashley was found to have elevated enzymes of the liver; therefore, would not be cleared to wrestle until further evaluation.[15] Lashley returned a couple of weeks later to the SmackDown! roster to continue his feud with the Court and went on to earn his first match for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Mercy against King Booker. This match later became a four way bout that also included Batista and Booker's ally, Finlay. King Booker won that match after pinning Finlay.[16]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (2006–2007)Edit

On November 14, 2006, Lashley moved to the ECW brand. He debuted on the brand by making a surprise appearance to sign a contract for the final spot in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match for the ECW World Championship at December to Dismember.[17] At December to Dismember, Lashley was the fifth person released into the match. He eliminated both Test and The Big Show by pinfall after a spear to become the new ECW World Champion. This made Lashley the first African American to hold the ECW title.[18]

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After winning the ECW World Championship, Lashley then had successful title defenses against The Big Show, Rob Van Dam, Test, Hardcore Holly, Kenny Dykstra, and Mr. Kennedy.[1] On the March 19 2007, Lashley officially became the first person to break Chris Masters' twenty-three month long Masterlock Challenge.[19]

In early 2007, Lashley was selected by Donald Trump to represent him in a "Battle of the Billionaires" match against Vince McMahon's representative, Umaga. At WrestleMania 23 in a Hair vs. Hair match, Lashley defeated Umaga following a spear and helped Trump shave McMahon's head afterwards in accordance with the match's losing stipulation.[20] After WrestleMania, Lashley feuded with Mr. McMahon. McMahon booked himself, his son Shane McMahon and Umaga in a 3 on 1 handicap match against Lashley at Backlash for the ECW World Championship. After two high impact diving splashes from Umaga, Mr. McMahon tagged himself into the match and pinned Lashley to win the title.[21] Lashley legitimately injured his shoulder during the match and after an examination days later, it was revealed he had a damaged rotator cuff but would not need surgery at the time.[22] At Judgment Day, Lashley defeated Vince, Shane, and Umaga in a 3 on 1 handicap rematch after hitting the Dominator on Shane McMahon. However, Lashley did not win the ECW World Championship because he did not pin Mr. McMahon. As a result, Mr. McMahon retained the title.[23] On June 3 at One Night Stand 2007, Lashley defeated Vince McMahon in a street fight to win the ECW World Championship for a second reign, despite the use of Shane McMahon and Umaga in the match.[24]

Raw (2007)Edit

On the June 11 edition of Raw, Lashley was drafted from the ECW brand to the Raw brand as part of the 2007 WWE Draft. As a result of the drafting, Lashley had the ECW World Championship taken from him. He took place in a challenge match against Mick Foley, Randy Orton, King Booker and John Cena for the WWE Championship at Vengeance: Night of Champions which was won by Cena, who was able to retain the championship. Lashley became the number one contender for the WWE Championship by winning the "Beat the Clock" challenge on the July 2, 2007 edition of Raw. He, however, was pinned by Cena at the Great American Bash.

During a match on July 30, Lashley was (kayfabe) injured by Mr. Kennedy after Kennedy kicked Lashley's shoulder into the ring steps, allowing Lashley to have time off for surgery for the legitimate injury he suffered at Backlash.[25][26][27]

Post-WWE (2008)Edit

In January 2008, on the forum of his official website, Lashley announced that he had left WWE. He clarified his comments by claiming that he did not want to leave WWE, but had to due to circumstances beyond his control. He also stated that he was now training for a career in Mixed Martial Arts.[28] WWE announced that Lashley was released from his WWE contract on February 4, 2008.[29]

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (2008)Edit

After leaving WWE, Lashley returned to wrestling by appearing as a heel at Asistencia Asesoría y Administración's flagship event Triplemania 16. He, along with Kenzo Suzuki and Electroshock, defeated Chessman, Silver King, and La Parka, Jr.[30]

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

American Fight League (2008–present)Edit

Lashley has agreed on a two-fight deal with the American Fight League, with an option for a third, and has been training full-time in MMA for the past year. Lashley will make his debut for American Fight League in December. [31] [32] At the Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA) inagural event "There Will Be Blood" December 13, 2008 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL.MFA Website

In wrestlingEdit

Championships and accomplishments Edit

Amateur wrestlingEdit

  • Armed Forces Championship (2 times)
  • CISM World Championship Silver Medalist (2002)
  • Missouri Valley College National Championship (1996–1998)
  • NAIA National Wrestling Championship (1997, 1998)

Professional wrestlingEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Lashley graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1999 with a degree in Human Service Agency Management.[3] Lashley has a daughter, Kyra, who was born in 2005.[40][41] In 2007, Lashley opened up a shop that sells health smoothie drinks.[40] He is currently dating former WWE Diva Kristal Marshall.[42] The couple is expecting their first child together in 2008.[43]

NotesEdit

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  2. "All-American Men's Wrestling Records". Missouri Valley College. http://www.moval.edu/athletics/wrestlingm/Misc/allamerican.asp. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Meet the N.A.I.A.'s-Bobby Lashley". N.A.I.A.. http://naia.cstv.com/genrel/010506aav.html. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  4. "SmackDown! results - November 11, 2005". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/11112005/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  5. "Survivor Series match result". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2005/matches/134645811/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  6. "SmackDown! results - January 6, 2006". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/01062006/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  7. "Royal Rumble 2006 result". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/history/2006/matches/31409413/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  8. "No Way Out - Lashley/JBL result". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/history/2006/matches/19435061/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  9. "SmackDown! results - March 17, 2006". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/03172006/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  10. "SmackDown! results - March 24, 2006". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/03242006/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  11. "WrestleMania 22 - Money in the Bank result". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wrestlemania22/matches/2220322/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  12. "Judgment Day - Bobby Lashley/Booker T result". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/judgmentday/matches/2384844/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  13. "SmackDown! results - May 26, 2006". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/05262006/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  14. "SmackDown! results - July 14, 2006". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/07142006/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  15. "Lashley unable to compete". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/archive/lashleyout. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  16. "No Mercy - Fatal Fourway result". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nomercy/matches/322528231/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  17. "ECW results - November 14, 2006". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/shows1/ecwonscifi/archive/11142006/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  18. "December to Dismember - Extreme Elimination Chamber result". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/shows1/decembertodismember/matches/32934421/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  19. "RAW results - March 19, 2007". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/03192007/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  20. "WrestleMania 23: Battle of the Billionaire result". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/matches/39161842/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  21. "Backlash 2007: Handicap match result". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/backlash/matches/396065214/results/. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  22. "Lashley Suffering from Rotator Cuff Injury". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/news/lashleyinjuryupdate. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  23. "Judgment Day 2007: Handicap match result". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/judgmentday/matches/41244021/results/. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  24. "One Night Stand 2007: Lashley/McMahon result". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/shows1/onenightstand/matches/4362508112/results/. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  25. "Lashley to undergo surgery Tuesday". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/07302007/articles/lashleysurgery. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  26. "Championship addition by subtraction". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/07302007/articles/kennedycelebrateslashleydemise. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  27. "Bobby Lashley injured". hellionsmagazine. http://wpfind.com/p/2001257/. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  28. Bobby Lashley tells WrestlingNewsWorld.com he's finished with WWE
  29. "Bobby Lashley released". WWE. 2008-02-04. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/lashleyreleased. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  30. "Bobby AAA TripleMania results". Bruisermania. 2008-06-14. http://bruisermania.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=608&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  31. His first match will be against Josh Franklin.UFC rival signs ex-WWE star
  32. Lashley to fight in December
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  34. "Bobby Lashley: A Look Back". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/thegreatamericanbash/exclusives/lashleylookback. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
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  40. 40.0 40.1 Chamberlain, Adrian. "Champ keeps his cool at highly uncool question". Times Colonist. http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/arts/story.html?id=67b7badb-4a9b-449e-97f4-0f8743440273. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  41. Reed, Bill. "'SmackDown' Superstar, Regular Guy". Colorado Springs Gazette. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4191/is_20060723/ai_n16645427. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  42. My Boyfriend Bobby Lashley!!
  43. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, former WWE Diva Kristal Marshall, 24, is due to give birth soon. She is expecting a child with boyfriend Bobby Lashley in the near future.

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