Professional wrestling fans were left scratching their heads when World Wrestling Entertainment released Bobby Lashley in 2008. Given his push, it could be assumed the Kansas-born amateur wrestling standout, an agile big man with an excellent low center of gravity, was prepping for a run with the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, or both.
A former WWE United States Champion and two-time ECW Champion, “Chocolate Goldberg” (credit pro wrestling aficionado Louis Thomas, Jr. for the nickname) was cut following an injury.
After brief spins through Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in Mexico and Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) in Japan, Lashley debuted in Total Nonstop Action in 2010, thrust into a feud with then champion Kurt Angle. His time on TNA’s talent roster only caused more confusion. At the height of Lashley’s run he departed the promotion for an MMA career.
Now using the moniker “The Destroyer”, Lashley has returned to TNA television in 2014 for brightest spot available.
On the June 19 edition of Impact Wrestling, Lashley dethroned Eric Young to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Where he goes from here remains to be seen.
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