A. J. Francis
Anthony Joseph Francis
May 7, 1990
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maryland|
|Ring name(s)||A. J. Francis|
|Billed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Billed weight||330 lb (150 kg)|
|Trained by||Bubba Ray Dudley|
|Debut||October 25, 2018|
|No. 64, 96, 99|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||337 lb (153 kg)|
|High school:||Gonzaga College|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
Anthony Joseph Francis (born May 7, 1990) is an American professional wrestler, musician and former American football player. He is currently signed to WWE where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Top Dolla and is a member of the stable, Hit Row. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Francis played college football at Maryland. Francis also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. He was the host of WWE's Most Wanted Treasures.
After going un-drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, Francis signed with the Miami Dolphins on April 30, 2013.
The New England Patriots claimed Francis off waivers on September 1, 2013. He was released on September 7, only to be signed to the team's practice squad three days later. Francis remained on the practice squad until being re-signed by the Dolphins in November.
On November 27, 2013, Francis was signed off the Patriots' practice squad.
Francis was put on injured reserve on August 27, 2014. On November 14, 2015, he was waived by the Dolphins.
On November 16, 2015, Francis was acquired off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks. On November 24, he was released by the team, but signed to the practice squad two days later. On November 30, 2015, he chose to be promoted to the active roster in Seattle over resigning with the Dolphins to their active roster. On March 8, 2016, Francis signed his one-year exclusive-rights tender deal to return to Seattle.
On May 17, 2016 Francis signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was waived by the Buccaneers on September 3, 2016.
On October 12, 2016 Francis signed with the Washington Redskins. He was promoted to the active roster on November 29, 2016. He was waived on December 10, 2016, and was re-signed back to the practice squad. Francis signed a futures contract with the Redskins on January 2, 2017.
On September 2, 2017, Francis was waived by the Redskins. He was re-signed to their practice squad on October 18, 2017, and was promoted to the active roster the next day. He was waived on October 25, 2017. He was re-signed on November 21, 2017.
Francis was waived on April 30, 2018. After his release, Francis publicly stated he was grateful that he was no longer a part of team due to the organization's lack of appreciation for him and adding his view that the team's mascot was racist.
On May 2, 2018, Francis signed with the New York Giants. He was released on September 1, 2018 and not signed by any other teams in the 2018–2019 season.
Francis signed with WWE in January 2020. Francis then made his wrestling television debut on the May 4, 2021, episode of NXT where he aligned himself with Isaiah "Swerve" Scott by helping him defeat Leon Ruff in a Falls Count Anywhere match, establishing himself as a heel in the process. The following week, Francis was introduced as Top Dolla and formed a new stable, Hit Row with Scott, Ashante "Thee" Adonis, and B-Fab. Despite Top Dolla being drafted to the SmackDown brand along with the rest of Hit Row as a part of the 2021 Draft, B-Fab was released on November 4, and the rest were released 15 days later.
On the August 12, 2022, episode of SmackDown, Francis made his unannounced return to WWE under the Top Dolla name, where he and Ashante "Thee" Adonis defeated two local competitors.
Francis also serves as the host of WWE's Most Wanted Treasures on A&E.
In April 2015, Francis went viral for signing up to be an Uber driver in the off-season, while playing for the Miami Dolphins.
In April 2021, Francis began starring in the A&E series WWE's Most Wanted Treasures as the historical expert where he travels with WWE Legends as they search for lost memorabilia from private collectors, museums and occasionally other WWE Legends.
Anthony Francis is a 6-foot-5, 330-pounder with five years of NFL experience under his belt. The former defensive tackle played for the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.
Flanked by Top Dolla, Ashante "Thee" Adonis and B-FAB, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott introduced the NXT Universe to Hit Row, putting the rest of the black-and-gold brand on notice.