In a surprising turn of events, "The All Mighty" Bobby Lashley made an unexpected return to action during a WWE house show on Saturday, marking his first appearance since being drafted over to "WWE SmackDown". His return came as a pleasant surprise to fans, given his notable absence from both the small screen and live events since his loss to AJ Styles in the World Heavyweight Championship semi-finals on May 12.
On Saturday, June 17, the city of Cincinnati, Ohio played host to a pivotal moment in WWE's calendar as Lashley made his grand comeback at a WWE Supershow. He faced Karrion Kross in the third match of the night and, in a thrilling face-off, managed to secure a victorious win in their first-time singles encounter.
As of now, the reasons behind Lashley's unexplained hiatus remain shrouded in mystery, with no official word from WWE.
Lashley's 2023: Challenges and Victories
2023 has been a roller coaster year for the former WWE Champion.
He kicked off the year by once again challenging Austin Theory for the United States Championship. This was followed by his participation in the much-anticipated annual Royal Rumble match. His time in the ring reignited his long-standing rivalry with Brock Lesnar, culminating in a high-stakes rematch at the WWE Elimination Chamber.
In a heated contest, Lashley emerged victorious, albeit by disqualification, setting him on a trajectory to face Bray Wyatt at the upcoming WrestleMania 39. However, plans went awry when Wyatt was unexpectedly pulled from the storyline due to reported health issues.
This left Lashley without an opponent at the biggest wrestling event of the year. Nevertheless, Lashley claimed victory at the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal just a day before WrestleMania. Following a few brief appearances on "WWE Raw" in April, Lashley once again challenged for the U.S.
title at WWE Backlash, in a fierce triple threat involving Theory and Bronson Reed. His return to the ring signifies the heralding of a new and exciting chapter in WWE's narrative.