Bobby Lashley Makes History, Reaches Milestones With WWE Title Victory

Bobby Lashley made history on Monday night when he became WWE Champion by beating the Miz.

Rightfully, much attention has been given to the fact that he became the third ever African-American WWE Champion, but Lashley also hit several other milestones.

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Bobby Lashley has won top championships on cable televised brands across three decades: ECW (2000s), TNA (2010s), and WWE Raw (2021), and is a triple crown champion in both TNA and WWE. Lashley joins CM Punk, Kane, Vince McMahon, Big Show, Rob Van Dam as ECW Champions to become WWE Champion. None from the original ECW did it.

Another impressive feat: Bobby Lashley and Rob Van Dam are the only two men to hold the WWE, ECW and TNA World Championships. Christian accomplished something similar. He held the World Heavyweight Championship Big Gold Belt, The ECW Title after they re-designed it, and the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title when it was TNA's top title.

Lashley joined Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, Dave Batista, as WWE Champions who have also competed in MMA. Officially, Lashley has as many wins as all four others combined. Lesnar's final win was overturned to a no contest.

Perhaps the most impressive thing, besides Vince McMahon, Bobby Lashley is the oldest first-time winner of the WWE Title. Vince McMahon had only wrestled for 15 months prior to capturing the title. Perhaps appropriately, Lashley and McMahon competed in several matches against each other in 2007.

The Miz had a short, eight day title reign, short enough to land him at the 20th shortest of all-time, excluding Lashley's new victory.

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