TNA Superstar, MMA fighter, three-time amateur wrestling collegiate national champ and former Army man Bobby Lashley became the new TNA World champ, defeating Showtime Eric Young on Thursday, June 19 during an explosive episode of Impact Wrestling, broadcast live to millions around the globe from Bethlehem, Pa.
TNA broadcasters Mike Tenay and Taz called the action. TNA referee Brian Hebner counted the fall, and TNA ring announcer the beautiful Christy Hemme made it official.
Lashley celebrated with TNA Director of Wrestling Operations MVP and Kenny King whom were in his corner. They also beat down Young after the match until Booby Roode made the surprising save.
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This is the first time the muscular Lashley has held the TNA title. Ranked by “Pro Wrestling Illustrator” as Rookie of the Year in 2005, Lashley has spent nearly a decade dominating the squared circle with his rare mix of size and athleticism.
Lashley originally joined TNA in 2009 and after a hiatus returned to the promotion at the “Lockdown” pay-per-view earlier this year in Miami. In recent weeks Lashley has joined forces with MVP and King to wreak havoc on the TNA locker room.
Lashley is a decorated amateur and professional wrestler, including:
• NAIA Collegiate National Championship (1996 - 1998)
• NAIA All-American (1995 – 1998)
• CISM Armed Forces Championships Senior Freestyle Medalist – Gold (2003), Silver (2002)
• Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year (2005)
• Two-time ECW World Champion
• WWE United States Champion
• TNA World Heavyweight Champion
A savvy businessman and single father of two, Lashley resides in a suburb of Denver.
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