Franklin Roberto Lashley
(b. 1976) is an African-American amateur and Professional Wrestler
and mixed martial artist
best known for his time in WWE
from 2005-2008 as Bobby Lashley
. He 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 also has competed for TNA
, Juggalo Championship Wrestling
, and various independent promotions and Mixed Martial Arts organizations.
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"These tropes are the real deal":
- Arch-Enemy: Finlay, for being the one who ended his undefeated streak, John Bradshaw Layfield, the Big Show, Test, Booker T (during his "King Booker" phase), Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, Umaga, Samoa Joe, Scott Steiner, Rhino
- Bald of Awesome
- Bash Brothers: John Cena, Rey Mysterio Jr.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's hit the Dominator on The Big Show and on Viscera.
- Fan Nickname: "Black Lesnar", "Blackberg".
- Finishing Move: The Dominator
- 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!"
- Last Name Basis: Sometimes referred to only as "Lashley."
- Lightning Bruiser
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Just look at the page photo. It's one of the reasons for the Narmy Vocal Dissonance, a guy who is built like a brick wall should not have the kind of high, soft voice that he does.
- Power Stable: Bolin Services in OVW
- Real Song Theme Tune: Used KISS's "God of Thunder" in OVW.
- Red Baron: "The Real Deal", "The Dominator," "The Boss"
- Romance on the Set: Dated former WWE Diva Kristal Marshall
- Squash Match: Several. He made his PPV debut flattening Simon Dean at WWE No Mercy, October 9, 2005, in a mere 1:56.
- Would Hit a Girl: Defeated Alexis Laree (Mickie James) in a Second Round match in the OVW Television Title Tournament on the May 28 (taped May 24), 2005 episode of OVW TV.
- Yanks with Tanks: He wrestled for the United States Army.