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Bobby Lashley and Ethan Carter III linked with WWE return
Bobby Lashley and Ethan Carter III

The past few years have not been kind for Impact Wrestling, and they could be set to lose two of their biggest stars to WWE in 2018.

Both Bobby Lashley and Ethan Carter III have been standouts for Impact Wrestling, but according to, they are each on the cusp of a return to WWE.

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‘The expectation is that Bobby Lashley and Ethan Carter III will leave when their contracts are up, and one or both will end up with WWE,’ wrote Dave Meltzer in his latest Wrestling Observer newsletter,

Lashley, 41, spent two years in WWE between 2005 and 2007 where he was considered one of their stars of the future.

The former amateur wrestling star and MMA fighter was one half of one of the biggest matches in wrestling history when he took on Umaga at Wrestlemania 23.

Lashley represented Donald Trump in a hair vs hair match, which resulted in Vince McMahon having his head shaved.

Despite his physical prowess, Lashley left WWE in 2007, and has spent the last decade wrestling on the independent circuit, in Impact Wrestling, and has also accumulated a 15-2 record inside the cage.

Ethan Carter III wrestled as Derrick Bateman in WWE, but never achieved significant support despite his charisma and internet popularity.

Carter appeared on the third and fourth seasons of NXT, and enjoyed support from Daniel Bryan who appeared in many segments with him.