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 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 the first season 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 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 SmackDown along with the rest of Hit Row as a part of the 2021 WWE Draft, B-Fab was released on November 4, and the rest of Hit Row were released 15 days later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the August 12, 2022, episode of SmackDown, Top Dolla made his unannounced return to WWE with Hit Row where he and Adonis (accompanied by B-Fab) defeated two local competitors. On the December 16 episode of SmackDown, Top Dolla and Adonis won their first main roster championship opportunity for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship by defeating The Viking Raiders and Legado Del Fantasma in a triple threat tag team match. On the December 23 episode of SmackDown, Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos beat Top Dolla and Adonis to retain the championship.
On the January 6, 2023, episode of SmackDown, Top Dolla was defeated by Ricochet in a Royal Rumble qualifying match. After the match, Top Dolla, Adonis and B-Fab attacked Ricochet, turning Hit Row heel for the first time on the main roster. Top Dolla and his Hit Row stablemates Ashante "Thee" Adonis and B-Fab were drafted to the SmackDown brand in the 2023 WWE Draft.
On October 13, 2017 dropped a music video on his YouTube channel by the name of Olympic Gold featuring a artist by the name of J-Lew and the song is actually featured on A.J. Francis debut album by the name of "O.T.A" that has made it on ITunes / Apple Music. On March 15, 2022 A.J. Francis was featuring in a music video by the name of Digits alongside music group Swerve City which has former Hit Row member Isaiah "Swerve" Scott in it.
On March 6, 2023 Hit Row was partially fully reunited as a music video was dropped where it was musical artist Montesy featuring A. J. Francis (aka FRAN¢ / aka Top Dolla), Rich Latta, Swerve Strickland (aka Swerve The Realest / aka Isaiah "Swerve" Scott former member) & Briana Brandy (aka B-Fab) dropped a music video by the name of Price Went Up.
On July 21, 2023 three members of Hit Row by the names of B-Fab, Top Dolla and Ashante "Thee" Adonis dropped a freestyle single by the name of Barbie Barz.
In April 2015, Francis went viral for signing up to be an Uber driver in the off-season, while playing for the Miami Dolphins.
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.