In November 2003, Bobby Lashley signed a development contract with Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) (a WWE development federation) where, with the ring name Blaster Lashley, he joined the Bolin Services stable together with Mike Mondo and to Kenny Dykstra.
In mid-2005 Lashley fought some dark matches on both SmackDown and Raw's roster and, after the stable itself begins to crumble, it changes its ring name to Bobby Lashley. During Lashley's first tenure with WWE, he was a two-time ECW World Champion and one-time United States Champion.
Lashley is also known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling/Impact Wrestling, where he was a four-time TNA/Impact World Champion, a one-time X Division Champion, and one-time and final King of the Mountain Champion.
Bobby Lashley on Rusev
After returning to WWE in 2018, Lashley would become a two-time Intercontinental Champion. Between WWE and TNA/Impact, Lashley has won a total of eleven championships, six of those eleven being world championships, and has also headlined multiple pay-per-view events.
In an interview with talkSport, he commented on WWE releasing Rusev: “And with Rusev, you know how it is in this business, people come and people go. But with Rusev, I don’t think anyone is debating this: Rusev is an incredible talent.
I loved working with him, [a] great guy across the board. I don’t know what transpired with that – with him leaving – don’t really know. But if it’s back with the WWE or wherever he goes, he’s going to be a superstar.
The guy is a superstar”. On the status of his storyline with Lana, Bobby Lashley added: “I really don’t know anything with Lana, I just know this: whatever anybody says, she is an extremely talented person.
No matter where they put her, she’s going to blossom. If it’s staying with me or if it’s doing something else, she’s going to do awesome”.