Kristal Melisa Marshall (born November 11, 1983) is an American model, beauty queen and retired professional wrestler who is best known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown! brand and in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Kristal Lashley.
Marshall in December 2006
|Birth name||Kristal Melisa Marshall|
|Born||November 11, 1983|
Los Angeles, California
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Billed weight||120 lb (54 kg)|
|Trained by||Deep South Wrestling|
Dave FinlayJillian Hall
|Debut||December 2, 2005|
Prior to working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Marshall appeared as a competitor in the 2004 Miss California pageant, as a model for Deal or No Deal, in music videos for 50 Cent and Ma$e, and in commercials for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. She was at one time a Barker Beauty on The Price Is Right.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–2007)Edit
Marshall first entered WWE as a contestant in the 2005 Raw Diva Search, in which she eventually finished fourth. Despite not winning the Diva Search contract, Marshall was signed to a development deal soon after the contest finished and sent to Deep South Wrestling, WWE newest "farm territory" at that time. In December 2005, she joined the SmackDown! roster as a backstage correspondent, interviewing the brand's superstars during the shows.
Her first actual feud on the brand came against the heel run of Jillian Hall. Marshall defeated Hall in her debut match—a "Divas Uncovered" match—on the March 10, 2006 SmackDown!. Kristal was defeated by Jillian Hall but was later comforted by Michelle McCool. When Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro joined the SmackDown! brand, Marshall was turned heel and put into an angle where she was jealous of Massaro's Diva Search win. She was aligned with Michelle McCool and the two feuded with Massaro and then-babyface, Jillian Hall, leading to a Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match at The Great American Bash, during which Marshall was legitimately injured, though she did not miss any time. In September, the next years Diva Search winner, then-babyface, Layla El, arrived on the brand, and Marshall was put into a feud with her. This one had Marshall aligned with Mike "The Miz" Mizanin against Layla and the Boogeyman.
In February 2007, Marshall became a face again and began a storyline which had her as a close friend of then-babyface, Vickie Guerrero, who was mysteriously planning something, and then flirting with SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long. After Marshall confessed her love for Long, she convinced him to hire Guerrero as his assistant, leaving her in charge of the show on occasion. Eventually Long proposed marriage, only to suffer a heart attack during the in-ring wedding on September 21. She was released from her WWE contract a few weeks later.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009–2010)Edit
On October 18, 2009, at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Bound for Glory Marshall debuted as a member of the crowd cheering on Bobby Lashley during his match with Samoa Joe. Renamed Kristal Lashley, she was portrayed as the wife of her real-life boyfriend. She then started an angle with Scott Steiner where Steiner kept harassing her in the crowd during his and Lashley's matches. On the November 5 edition of TNA Impact! Marshall accompanied Lashley to the ring but was sent backstage by the referee where Steiner would try to kidnap her but would get stopped by Lashley. She made her TNA in-ring debut on the December 12 edition of Impact! teaming with Lashley in a losing effort against Steiner and Awesome Kong in a mixed tag team match. On the January 4, 2010, Monday night edition of Impact! Bobby and Kristal Lashley requested for their kayfabe immediate release from TNA Wrestling, turning heel in the process. This storyline did not last, as Bobby Lashley was released from TNA in February to focus more on his MMA career.
Marshall has appeared on an episode of Hogan Knows Best. She also appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway with Maria, Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, Layla, and Michelle McCool.
In June 2007, she posed for her first magazine cover, the September issue of African Americans on Wheels.
Marshall dated Bobby Lashley from 2007-2010, and the couple have a son named Myles who was born in July 2008 and a daughter named Naomi born in 2011. In April 2010, Kristal confirmed on Twitter that she and Lashley had split.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- "Diva Dish: Lost and not-so-found". WWE. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
Kristal, originally a Los Angeles girl, admitted to Diva Dish she’s a New York virgin, but she’s excited for the new adventure.
- "Kristal Marshall at Online World of Wrestling".
- Benjamin, Charlie (2005-12-03). "SmackDown Results -12/2 - Cincinnati, Ohio - (Tag Team Main Event)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "Miss California Contestants". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "Gallery of 2004 Miss California Contestants". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "Eight Of The Most Beautiful Women In America Compete For The Title of 2005 RAW Diva". corporate.WWE.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
The list of potential Divas varies [..]to a Barker’s Beauty on “The Price Is Right” (Kristal Marshall).
- "RAW results - August 8, 2005". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "SmackDown! results - December 2, 2005". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "SmackDown! results - March 10, 2006". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "SmackDown! results - June 30, 2006". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "SmackDown! results - July 21, 2006". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "Great American Bash 2006 results". WWE. Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "Great American Bash 2006 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
Editor's Note: Kristal Marshall was hospitalized after the match but the nature of the injury is unknown..
- "SmackDown! results - September 22, 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "SmackDown! results - November 2, 2006". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "SmackDown! results - February 23, 2007". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
Finally, Vickie Guerrero told her friend Kristal that the “little thing that needed to be taken care of, I took care of earlier tonight.”
- "SmackDown! results - March 29, 2007". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
Finally, General Manager Theodore Long has planned a romantic rendezvous with SmackDown Diva Kristal.
- "SmackDown! results - April 27, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- "SmackDown! results - May 11, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- "SmackDown! results - May 25, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- "SmackDown! results - June 1, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- "SmackDown! results - June 22, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- "SmackDown! results - September 21, 2007". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
- Martin, Adam (2009-10-18). "Bound For Glory Results - 10/18/09". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- Boutwell, Josh (2009-10-23). "Impact Results - 10/22/09". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- Boutwell, Josh (2009-10-30). "Impact Results - 10/29/09". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- Caldwell, James (2009-11-05). "CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 11/5: Complete coverage of Dixie Carter addressing TNA roster, Styles vs. Daniels". PWTorch. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- Keller, Wade (2010-01-04). "KELLER'S TNA IMPACT LIVE REPORT 1/4: Jeff Hardy, NWO reunion, Hulk Hogan, TNA Knockout Title match, more surprises - ongoing coverage". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- Brown, Matt (2010-02-12). "Exclusive: Bobby Lashley, Full Time Mixed Martial Artist". Heavy Sports. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- "Hogan Knows Best Season 2 Episode 4 Recap". about.com. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- WWE: Superstars > Divas > Diva Dish > Diva Dish: 'Runway' Divas
- "Diva Dish: Cover girl". WWE. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
- "Former WWE star Bobby Lashley makes MMA debut". SunSentinel.com. 2008-12-11. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- "Welcome to MyKristalOnline.com". Kristal Marshall Official Website. 2009-05-29. Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
- "2008 Ms. Bikini America Finals". Musclemania. 2009-10-20. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24.
- "Ali Sonoma wins first Arnold Amateur NPC Bikini Championship". HardBody.com. 2009-10-20. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18.
- "2009 NPC USA Bodybuilding & Figure Championships Results!". BodyBuilding.com. 2009-10-20.