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  • Awesome Music: Hell Will Be Calling Your Name, his last entrance theme of his first WWE run.
  • Dork Age: Despite the initial anticipation (see below), his 2018 WWE return has quickly descended into this in the eyes of a lot of fans, with his initial heat being largely toned down thanks to a combination of factors, almost all of which are down to corporate decision; being instantly used as a regular placeholder tag team partner for Braun Strowman, the awkward pacing and motion in his matches while trying to reacclimate himself to the WWE style, being unable to use any of his finishing moves due to either not being safe enough (Dominator) or already being used by two current top guys (running powerslam [Strowman], Spear [Roman Reigns]), a sit-down interview with Renee Young in which he seemed to be putting over his sisters as being more badass than himself for subjecting him to a Hilariously Abusive Childhood, and the subsequent feud with Sami Zayn in which Zayn's attempts to mock Lashley as well as his sisters wound up being groan-worthy. And then he got stuffed into a terrible Love Triangle storyline.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Downplayed and very brief, but initially, Lashley's 2018 return to the WWE was fairly received. Fans would even expect Lashley to claim the Universal Title from Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2018 (if the recent reports were true). Part of this is due to them wanting Roman Reigns to pull his first-ever solo Face–Heel Turn first before winning the Universal Title at WrestleMania 36 instead of immediately winning against Lesnar at SummerSlam 2018 because it's "bad for business", although Lashley being the most likely (and realistic) candidate to actually beat Lesnar for the title based on attributes and credentials was a more prevalent factor.
  • Just Here for Godzilla
    • Counted on with Spike TV, first by sending mixed martial artists to TNA and then Bobby Lashley to Bellator, as pro wrestling and mixed martial arts fan bases don't crossover all that much in the US. Lashley's second heel run literally crossed over both pathways at once with the storyline involving American Top Team.
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    • Although he did not catch on quickly in the company, Lashley's perservence seems to have paid off. With most of the TNA originals and The Broken Hardy clan gone, a lot of fans watching Impact Wrestling through the (post-)Global Force era would do so just for Lashley.
  • Narm: For a former US Army Captain with the physique of an Olympian, the man is practically a treasure trove of Narm.
    • His supposedly badass character being routinely described as "soft spoken" to the point of it being in his entrance video? All the various amusing nicknames smarks have given him? The infamous "I say your name is Finlay, and you're a bathturd" promo? Or the "No!", or the "old enough to be my dad's uncle" comment? Good God, Lashley is made of Narm.
    • Much of his Narm stems from one source — his high-pitched, lisping speech. Nothing deflates a massively-muscled, built-like-a-Sherman-tank, military-alumnus Scary Black Man like having him open his mouth and sound like the most stereotypical Flamboyant Gay guy ever.
      • He soon realized this and went into MMA, where he doesn't have to talk and can actually kick ass.
      • And then he went to TNA, where he initially had promo time every week for awhile before getting more than one actual match.
      • And in MMA, he (or his management) instead gets a reputation for dodging anyone who would be an actual challenge/threat and isn't the champion (i.e. Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce heavyweight champion) or Fedor Emelianenko.
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    • The absolutely bizarre interview conducted by Renee Young had Bobby recall fairly traumatic events caused by his sisters with an unnervingly calm smile on his face.
  • Ron the Death Eater: It took TNA fans a long time to realize Bobby Lashley was supposed to be the babyface in his feud with Samoa Joe.
  • Win the Crowd: TNA fans were never particularly thrilled to see Lashley until he became the centerpiece of the trio with MVP and Kenny King, due to MVP's injury. Lashley consisted delivered quality opening and main event matches when TNA desperately needed good television, and MVP's promos allowed Lashley's own charisma to shine through without fans actually having to hear his voice.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • The Beat Down Clan angle was able to start generating good buzz for TNA, again when they really needed it. Unfortunately, while the buzz remained, ratings declined as the fans willing to stick with or return to TNA simply could not keep up with the channel hopping, Destination America and Pop not being as widespread as Spike. He ended up having a cooled down but solid high-tier babyface run after rejecting the BDC before turning heel again on his own a year later. With much improved mic skills to the point he was actually able to put some bass in his notoriously soft voice, and his proper use of his natural talents in the ring still continuing to mightily improve, he became one of the most captivating parts of Impact Wrestling simply by virtue of being a dominant beast.
    • Lashley's second run in the WWE was received only marginally better than his first, bogged down by terrible writing, awkward interview and mic spots, and go-nowhere feuds against Sami Zayn and later Roman Reigns, the latter being immediately seen by the WWE Universe as little more than a stepping stone to set up for the dreaded third match between Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Though Lashley actually won their first match, Reigns defeated him in a number one contenders' match, thus setting up yet another Reigns/Lesnar match. This was unfortunately followed up by a Face–Heel Turn towards a going-nowhere association with Lio Rush and a terrible love triangle with Rusev and Lana (because Vince breaking them up, putting someone in between them, and ruining everyone involved has never happened before), before finally getting some manner of rescue as he became a major challenger to Drew McIntyre's WWE Champion in 2020... through an association with MVP.
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