There is a new “King” in TNA/Impact Wrestling—his name is Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal!
After his release from MMA organization Strikeforce—which is owned by parent company Zuffa (which also owns UFC)—it seemed that Lawal’s career was heading downhill.
King Mo was released due to comments he had made via Twitter regarding Pat Lundvall (NSAC official):
Lawal said the following in an interview with SB Nation:
"She asked if I did research for my training. I didn't get what she meant by the question, and she rolled her eyes and asked, 'Do you speak English? Can you read?' First she wanted to know if I had access to a laptop computer. I said, 'Yes, I do.' Then she asked about researching my training. I said, 'What?' That's when she rolled her eyes and asked if I could read or write. I told her, 'No, I have coaches and trainers that do that.'"
After the release, Lawal issued an apology to Lundvall. From CSN Bay Area:
I was out of line for calling the woman the b-word and I was wrong for that. I was kind of mad about the comments, I was offended by the comments made towards me and I was out of line. I was too emotional. I apologize for that. With that being said, I still feel that I was offended, but I'm in the wrong for what I said.
This all was a result of a positive test that Lawal had failed. Lawal had tested positive for a drug called Drostanolone, which Lawal suggests that he ingested unwittingly from an off-the-shelf supplement (per Sherdog.com).
Drostanolone is an antibiotic steroid whose main purpose is to lower cholesterol levels and is also used as an antineoplastic agent in the treatment of some cancers.
After all of this, Zuffa/Strikeforce chose to end their work relationship with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal after coming off a win against Lorenz Larking via second-round KO (event: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine).
But now, King Mo’s career has made a major boost, as he has now inked a deal with Bellator Fighting Championship and TNA/Impact Wrestling.
This is a joint deal that will see King Mo compete on both brands evenly; both Bellator and Impact Wrestling are part of the Spike family.
This is a major signing for TNA. Not only is Lawal a former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight champion, he also was a Big 12 Conference champion, Division I All-American and also claimed three U.S. National Championships (2005, ’06, and ’08).
After winning the Division II championship at the University of Central Oklahoma, Lawal then participated in Real Pro Wrestling, which was an organization that highlighted collegiate amateur wrestlers in a team setting; Lawal became a champion in its only season.
King Mo is a sound performer whose skills cannot be denied, and he will use these skills to be a top competitor in TNA/Impact Wrestling.
Some might say this is another waste of a signing/money, but TNA will get their money’s worth, and so will the fans who decide to tune in.
King Mo takes competition seriously and is a very precise, detailed competitor who really studies the game of MMA, which he will use while in TNA.
Not only can Lawal display his skills in the ring, but he can also commentate as well.
Now will he be able to actually wrestle?
To answer that, I would have to say yes. King Mo trains a ton and is an intelligent competitor; to pick up the skills he would need in the ring should go very well.
Just picture him going against the likes of Bobby Rood, AJ Styles and even Kurt Angle!
King Mo joining the Impact Wrestling roster is very exciting and should draw a much-needed buzz, but there is one thing that bothers me about this joint deal.
So Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is a part of joint deal with TNA/Impact Wrestling and Bellator. One company has predetermined results while the other is in the competitor's hands!
Now, say King Mo comes off a huge victory during a Bellator event, but then comes down to TNA/Impact Wrestling and has a slump of losses.
It logically makes sense, but a fan of both products would kind of question the strategy of the booking.
There shouldn't be too much of a concern, but you also have to worry about injuries as well. How much will Bellator let him compete in the ring, as it will most likely be Bellator first?
I guess we will all have to wait and see, but regardless, King Mo is preparing to make an Impact!