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 has also held the TNA World Heavyweight Title
. As a mixed martial artists, he has won the Xtreme Fight Night Heavyweight Championship and Shark Fights Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Lashley has also has competed for Strikeforce, Titan Fighting Championship, members of the NWA
, Juggalo Championship Wrestling
, India's Super Fight League, the Inoki
Genome Federation, Bellator Fighting Championships and various other independent Pro Wrestling Promotions and Mixed Martial Arts organizations.
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"These tropes are the real deal":
- A Taste Of Their Own Medicine: The only time he ever ate a pin during his first TNA run 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 it was because of Finlay) 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.
- Bash Brothers: Batista and Rey Mysterio Jr. on Smackdown.
- Bathos: In OVW, his assertive stance to 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 mouthpieces.
- 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 locker room fight with Finlay that spilled out of the arena, he attempted to crush the Irishman by flipping a car over on him. (Finlay moved, obviously, but still.) His response to being taunted by Umaga's manager outside of a steel cage was to knock down 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 Master Lock challenge (John Cena also did it at a live event).
- Crossover: Fought in Bellator while he was TNA's World Heavyweight Championship because Spike TV wanted TNA to add more mixed martial arts to its programing.
- Did You Actually Believe?: Going into FFI Ultimate Chaos, Lashley claimed he was going to stand and out box Bob Sapp. "Fight" came and the first thing Lashley did was perform a single leg take down, the crowd booed.
- Dissonant Serenity: As explained by Victoria Times Columnist Adrian Chamberlain
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.
- Evil Foreigner: When he did a job for AAA's La Legion Extranjera.
- 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.
- Fainting: Out of fear when confronted by Boogeyman.
- Finger Poke of Doom: During the battle royal to determine the first World Wrestling League heavyweight champion, Bobby Lashley eliminated Hércules Gómez by poking him in the back while Gómez was celebrating on the apron after eliminating Colt Cabana. Thankfully, that wasn't the end of the match.
- 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 their help (not that he needed it).
- Kingpin in His Gym: More literal than most cases, as more often than not he really does own the gym in question.
- I Know Collegiate and Army Wrestling and MMA: On his Smackdown debut, all his athletic accomplishments prior to professional wrestling were run down so the audience would know 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!"
- Last Name Basis: Sometimes referred to only as "Lashley."
- Leitmotif: Mercy Fall's "He Will Be Calling Your Name"
- Lightning Bruiser: He was agile enough to clear the ring ropes with his jumps.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "The Destroyer" Lashley.
- Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Overruled MVP's denial of further title shots for Bobby Roode when Roode accused Lashley of being afraid of him, or really, even doubting he could beat him. In actuality, Kurt Angle was going to overrule MVP either way after having taken MVP's job as TNA's director of wrestling operations, but Roode's accusations sped up the process.
- One Steve Limit: Ignored by Antonio Inoki's IGF, where he was put in a tag team with Bob Sapp. Noticed in TNA, where they will avoid calling him "Bobby" when Bobby Roode is around.
- Power Stable: Bolin Services in OVW.
- Power Trio: Has formed one in TNA with his former enemies, MVP and Kenny King.
- Prejudiced For Pecs: 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. In true professional wrestling fashion, it is also said to be the reason why he was booked to win the ECW title ahead of the smaller CM Punk. It became a central issue in his feud with Mr. Kennedy and MVP (not directly between them, but JBL constantly accused general manager Theodore Long of favoring wrestlers like Batista and Lashley because of their build).
- Put on a Bus: Out of the WWE after Mr. Kennedy injured his shoulder with the steel steps.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Basically became the TNA World Heavyweight Champion because MVP blew out his knee.
- Real Song Theme Tune
- Red Baron: "The Real Deal", "The Dominator," "The Boss", "The Destroyer".
- Reverse Mole: Against the Main Event Mafia in TNA.
- The Rival: Seven in OVW, John Cena in WWE and Samoa Joe in TNA.
- 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 led 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 - he asked 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 to give her a second one after his victory.
- Yanks with Tanks: He wrestled for the United States Army.