Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley (b. 1976) is an African-American amateur wrestler, Professional Wrestler, mixed martial artist, manager, fight promoter and health food salesman best known for his time in WWE from 2005-2008. Already a four time All American, Kansas State Champion, Three Time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champion, three time free style silver medalist and one time gold medalist, he was also named Pro Wrestling Illustrated's rookie of the year.His professional wrestling started in WWE's developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling, which included a run as a Heel as "Blaster Lashley" as a member of Bolin Services. He made his surprise WWE TV debut on the September 23 (taped September 20), 2005 WWE SmackDown! in response to Simon Dean's open challenge. He would go on to defeat John Bradshaw Layfield for the WWE United States Heavyweight Title in May, and The Big Show for the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title in December. He is also currently the holder of the TNAWorld Heavyweight Title. As a mixed martial artists, he has won the Xtreme Fight Night Heavyweight Championship and Shark Fights Heavyweight ChampionshipBobby Lashley has also has competed for Strikeforce, Titan Fighting Championship, AAA, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, India's Super Fight League, the Inoki Genome Federation and various other independent Pro Wrestling Promotions and Mixed Martial Arts organizations.As usual, you can find more at The Other Wiki.
"These tropes are the real deal":
A Taste Of Their Own Medicine: The only time he ever ate a pin in TNA was losing to Scott Steiner at Turning Point 2009 after being hit with a "steel pipe". He beat Steiner a month later at Final Resolution by returning the favor.
Arch-Enemy: Finlay, for being the one who ended his undefeated streak (he lost to JBL but that was because of Finley) and for repeatedly hitting him with a shillelagh. Umaga was set up as one by Vince McMahon due to his desire for the ECW title Lashley had and for Lashley being the chosen wrestler of Donald Trump.
Badass: Aside from that little embarrassment of being the man Vince McMahon pinned for the ECW championship, he has pretty much always been booked this way and is successful in actual competition (amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts) to boot.
Bald of Awesome: Was there to protest along with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin when Vince McMahon protested the idea of going bald. The two would help shave him after his loss in the "Battle Of The Billionaires" Hair vs Hair match at Wrestlemania.
Bathos: In OVW, his assertive stance to the Bolin Services that he could speak for himself while any given one of them, usually Kenny, talked about how badly Blaster Lashley was going to beat someone. While it was all true, he usually did beat someone and was very capable of speaking, they had a good reason to insist on being his mouth pieces.
Berserk Button: Mike Cook wearing a Rey Mysterio mask as his entrance attire on his way to fight Bobby Lashley. It has been said people do not fight as well when angry but it did not work out for Cook that time.
Cameo: In a movie, The Way of War, and a music video of Nightmare by Kasland
Charles Atlas Superpower: He's hit the Dominator on The Big Show and on Viscera. During a backstage fight with Finley he attempted to crush the Irishman by flipping a car over on him. (Finley moved obviously, but still) His response to being taunted by Umaga's manager outside of a steel cage was to knockdown the wall of the cage on Umaga by doing a senton bomb on it. (he hurt himself there, but still) He is also the first (and officially only) person to beat the masterlock challenge (John Cena also did it, at a live event).
His trademark move, however, is the Dominator. The victim is hoisted on Lashley's stump-sized shoulders, facing heavenwards. Then he flips the poor sap over so he hits the ring face-down. Ouch. "There's no real way to protect yourself on that one but to take it. Eat the mat," Lashley explains helpfully. To tell the truth, I wish Blaster wouldn't say stuff like that. He's a terrific fellow and all, but he's partial to unnerving utterances.
Face-Heel Turn: In TNA his turn came about when he asked to be released from the company. This was because his wife Krystal had been attacked multiple times by Scott Steiner. Lashley "said" it was so he could focus on his MMA career but in prior weeks Krystal had stated she preferred attending Bobby's MMA matches because no one ever assaulted her during those. This evidently did not get enough of a negative response because he soon resorted to randomly attacking people to get his release.
Finishing Move: Alternatively The Dominator or Forgetaboutit, the spear after he got complaints about hurting people's shoulders with the moves. He added a Dragon Sleeper in TNA.
Force Feeding: Wrestling infomercial salesman health nut Simon Dean vowed to lower himself to eating a plate full of hamburgers if he lost to Bobby Lashley again, which he did. Bobby made sure he ate at least one of them by forcing it in his mouth after the match.
Heel-Face Turn: A gradual one in OVW, as he steadily refused to help his Bolin Services teammates, especially Ken Doane, win matches, since he increasingly did not get theirs, not that he needed it.
Ill Boy: He has won his fair share of fights despite mono plaguing his mixed martial arts career.
Jack-of-All-Trades: For a guy who got burned out by WWE's heavy schedule, Lashley really keeps himself busy.
Juxtaposed Halves Shot: WWE got a lot of flack for putting him in one with Marcus Cor Von on the poster for an ECW pay per view. Besides maybe the fact the two were nearly the exact same size there was no reason to do this, since Bobby was in the main event and Marcus was a jobber and there was next to nothing going on in between them, past or future.
Kid-Appeal Character: Quite literally, as at least once on SmackDown! when whoever Lashley was feuding with at the time was in the ring cutting a promo, some guy could be seen holding up his son who was chanting "Lashley! Lashley! Lashley!"
Signature Move: A running power slam. Sometimes TNA's commentators call it "the dominator" but that's a different move, with a different lift and landing. He has won more than a few matches with it, granted, but don't be too surprised if anyone kicks out. Also a fan of the military press.
Squash Match: Several. He made his PPV debut flattening Simon Dean at WWE No Mercy, October 9, 2005, in a mere 1:56.
Start My Own: Has his own gym called Family Fitness Center. He also started up The Lashley Network, a group of websites for his gym, his official nutrition store and his social networking website. He later opened another gym called American Top Team Altitude, which showcases MMA events. This lead to his own MMA Management company, Lashley Management.
Take That: Not Lashley himself but on their twitter page, TNA put up a picture of him holding their heavyweight belt captioned "The Real Champ Is Here" and if that wasn't subtle enough they had "you can't see me" crossed out with "You can't beat me". What in the world they were referencing?
Tournament Arc: Won the heavyweight division of the TNA Championship Series
Training Montage: Parodied in Bobby Lashley vs Boogeyman where Boogeyman is hanging out in Bobby's Family Fitness Center and Bobby is working out to psyche himself up to prove he is not afraid of the Boogeyman. Played straight as The Destroyer in TNA.
The Worf Effect: In the middle of his WWE undefeated streak, he was cleaning house for Smackdown during their Survivor Series match against Raw only to be casually put down by Kane.
Would Hit a Girl: Defeated Alexis Laree in a Second Round match in the OVW Television Title Tournament on the May 28 (taped May 24), 2005 episode of OVW TV after she had defeated his teammate, Mike Mondo. It wasn't something he wanted to do, asking Alexis to withdraw but another Bolin Services teammate, Ms. Blue, decided to hit the ring and attack Alexis, so Bobby had to go save her and once Ms Blue was out of the ring and Bobby was in the match had officially started. That said, he probably could have put Alexis down with something softer than a running power slam and definitely did not have give her a second one after his victory.