Bellator MMA fighter and TNA Impact Wrestling newcomer ‘King’ Mo Lawal recently spoke to MMAFighting.com about his transition to professional wrestling.
On his 2004 WWE tryout: “When I went to my WWE tryout, I went in and said hi to very few people. I’m a (freestyle) wrestler, so, in wrestling you see everybody as your competition, you don’t say hi to nobody, and when you shake hands, you shake hands hard.
I get to my WWE tryout and I’d shake hands hard and people would get pissed off. They’d say ‘hey look, shooter, that’s what they called me, shooter, ‘when you come in, you address everybody, you talk to everybody. When you shake our hands, don’t squeeze our hands, just show that you’re not stiff and that you know how to work.”
On his pro wrestling style: “The trend isn’t high-flying stuff anymore. They want it to be more real now. More chain wrestling, telling a good story. You’re not going to see me out there doing five-star splashes and backflips. I’m a collegiate wrestler and an MMA fighter. I’m a former Olympic alternate. I know how to grapple. I’m going to stick with what I do, that’s MMA style and I’m not going to be crazy with it.”
On where he sees himself in TNA Impact Wrestling next year: “I want to be the first one-man tag team champion. I want to hold the TNA tag team title and I want the Bellator title simultaneously. That’s where I see myself being in a year.”