Former TNA star and current Bellator MMA Fighter “King Mo” “Muhammed Lawal appeared on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast recently to talk about growing up as a wrestling fan, nearly signing with WWE back in 2004 and more.
Growing up as a wrestling fan:
I loved the NWA, WCW and Mid-South. The WWE was cool but I always loved WCW. It’s not anything racist at all but it was the black wrestlers that I saw in WCW that seemed more real. In WWE you had people dancing, WCW had Ron Simmons. I loved Ron Simmons. When he beat Vader for the belt I went crazy because you never thought it could happen. But also Booker T and Stevie Ray you saw a big difference and the only guy you saw juking and jiving was 2 Cold Scorpio.
Nearly signing with WWE in 2004 and eventually signing with TNA:
WWE offered me a contract after the Olympic Trials in 2004. I went there and they offered me a developmental deal but I turned it down. Shad Gaspard said to me if I want to win a lightweight title in a fight go do that because wrestling will always be there. So I did that but looking back maybe I should have taken that deal. I made the decision I made and I can live with it. I waited and got an opportunity with TNA and they sent me to OVW and I got a chance to obtain my dreams, granted it didn’t really play out the way I wanted to because I didn’t get to have a match and I was match ready. Things didn’t really work out the way I wanted and Dixie (Carter) was always busy and they didn’t seem to think I was ready and I didn’t get a chance to prove myself.