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Bobby Lashley Reacts To Praise From African-American World Champions

Bobby Lashley

WWE Champion Bobby Lashley has reacted to messages of support from fellow African-American world champions since his title win.

WWE took to social media to post a video with messages from Booker T, Mark Henry, and Ron Simmons congratulating Lashley on his historic win.

Bobby Lashley would win the WWE Championship for the first time in his career by defeating The Miz on Raw. In a match that The Miz tried to connive his way out of twice, Lashley would dominate, winning with his ‘hurt lock’ submission.

Lashley would respond to WWE’s message with one of his own:

“Damn man this means the world to me. I’m gonna represent all of you the best I can.”

In winning the WWE Championship, Lashley follows in the footsteps of The Rock and Kofi Kingston as fellow African-American holders of the belt. Ron Simmons would become the first recognised African American world champion in 1992. Simmons would beat Vader for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in August of that year.

Mark Henry would become World Heavyweight Champion for the only time of his career in 2011. Henry would defeat Randy Orton at the Night Of Champions event, winning the match after hitting his world’s strongest slam. Henry would win the ECW Championship three years earlier at the same event, beating both Big Show and Kane.

Booker T is famously a 5-time WCW World Champion. The 2-time WWE Hall of Famer would win the first of those titles at 2000’s Bash At The Beach. Booker T would claim his only World Heavyweight Championship in WWE by defeating Rey Mysterio at The Great American Bash in 2006.