Sep 3, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Franklin Roberto Lashley
Weight: 252 lbs.
Date of birth: July 16, 1976
Born: Kansas City, KS
Pro debut: 1999
Trained by: OVW
Finishing move: Dominator
- Lashley debuted on WWE television on the September 23, 2005 episode of “Smackdown.”
- In his PPV debut, Lashley defeated Simon Deam at the 2005 No Mercy.
- At Armageddon ’05, Lashley defeated Paul Burchill and William Regal in a “handicap” match.
- At the May 23, 2006 Smackdown tapings in Bakersfield, CA, Lashley defeated JBL to capture the United States title.
- In November 2006, Lashley was moved to the ECW roster per his request.
- At Survivor Series ’06, Team Cena (Cena, Kane, Lashley, Rob Van Dam and Sabu) defeated Team Big Show (Big Show, Test, Umaga, MVP and Finlay).
- At ECW’s December to Dismember in Augusta, GA, Lashley defeated The Big Show, Test, CM Punk, Hardcore Holly, and Rob Van Dam in an extreme elimination chamber match to capture the ECW title.
- Wrestlemania 23, Lashley defeated Umaga in the battle of the billionaires match. As a result, Lashley and Donald Trump shaved Vince McMahon’s head.
- Lashley defeated Shane and Vince McMahon and Umaga in a 3 on 1 handicap match at Judgment Day ’07.
- At One Night Stand ’07, Lashley defeated Vince McMahon in Jacksonville, FL to regain the ECW World heavyweight title.
- On the June 11, 2007 edition of “Raw,” Lashley was drafted to Raw. As a result, Vince McMahon stripped Lashley of the ECW title.
- In the fall of 2007, Lashley was inducted into the Missouri Valley College’s athletic hall of fame. Lashley is a former three time NAIA national champion at 177 pounds.
- In February 2008, Lashley and WWE parted ways.
- On December 13, 2008, Lashley won his MMA debut match by beating Joshua Franklin via TKO in 41 seconds in Miami, FL.
- Lashley defeated Jason Guida via a 30-27 decision in Pensecola, FL on March 21, 2009.
- At Lockdown ’09, Lashley made his TNA debut following the Team Angle vs. Team Jarrett lethal lockdown cage match.
- On May 15, 2009, Lashley defeated Mike Cook at the Maximum Fighting Championship live event which was billed as “Hard Knocks” at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta. Cook only lasted 24 seconds as Lashley ended his fight with a front choke improving his MMA record to 3-0.
- On June 27, 2009, Lashley beat Bob Sapp in the first round in Biloxi, MS.
- At No Surrender ’09, Lashley defeated Rhino.
- At Bound for Glory ’09, Lashley defeated Samoa Joe.
- Lashley defeated Scott Steiner at the 2009 Final Resolution.
- On November 11, 2011 in Lubbock, TX, Lashley scored a first-round submission on Karl Knothe (20-6) in the main event of Shark Fights 21 to win the Shark Fights heavyweight title.
- On March 9, 2014 Lashley returned to TNA at Lockdown in Miami, Florida, answering Ethan Carter III’s open challenge after his scheduled opponent (Kurt Angle) couldn’t wrestle due to injury.