When Hulk Hogan announced on TNA Impact Wrestling live that King Mo would be the special enforcer, King Mo almost fainted. He had to hit rewind to hear it again.
“That’s when it hit me,” Lawal said. “Live TV with TNA, I’m still scared. My armpits are sweating. I can’t sleep. I’m nervous. This is something I’ve been dreaming for most my life.
“Fight time [MMA] I’m not nervous. I know I’m going to go out there and knock somebody out. This [pro wrestling] is a lot different.”
TNA pay-per-view Bound For Glory, presented by Direct Auto Insurance, is Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.
Also, TNA Impact Wrestling champ Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy.
TNA tag team champs Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. AJ Styles and Kurt Angle vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Hernandez.
Falls Count Anywhere: Bobby Roode vs James Storm. Special enforcer King Mo. Lawal.
TNA Knockouts champ Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara.
• Lawal launched his mixed martial arts career in 2008, and after four straight wins, he faced his toughest challenge, renowned fighter Mark Kerr.
King Mo knocked out Kerr in the first round, and eight months later he defeated Gegard Mousasi in a Light Heavyweight world title fight. He also holds an impressive KO victory against multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champ Roger Gracie in September 2011.
King Mo rose to grappling acclaim as a NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University in 2003 and a three-time U.S. National Champion (2005, 2006, 2008) in the 84 kilogram division. In 2007, as a member of the U.S. National team, he won a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at the World Cup.
He is charismatic.
“As far as my swagger and my demeanor for pro wrestling and for Bellator, it will be there,” said Lawal who sports a crown and is flanked by a bevy of beauties. “I’m not going to change a thing. I’m going to be me. I’m going to go out there and have fun. Hopefully, I’ll have the girls. I will have the robe and the crown.”
TNA Impact Wrestling’s roster offers a solid mix of talent with legends, veterans, prime time players and up-n-comers. Hulk Hogan, Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, Bully Ray, Chavo Guerrero, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Samoa Joe, Abyss, Hernandez, Zema Ion, Gail Kim, Tara, Miss Tessmacher, Madison Rayne, ODB, Eric Young and more.
“TNA is full of stars already,” Lawal said. “I’m not sure that I can make a big impact just yet, but hopefully in the future, when I get my craft and my skills up, I can make that impact.
“My craft is MMA. As far as pro wrestling, I’m still a rookie within the sport, within the entertainment business. I’m definitely in no rush to jump out there and start wrestling and embarrass myself.”
• Memorable match
Lawal said: “Sting vs. Ric Flair in Clash of the Champions. I’ll never forget it. I was nervous. I was like, ‘God, please. Please let Sting win this match.’ Then guess what happens? Ric Flair retained the title because of the time limit [draw]. Sting didn’t lose, but he didn’t win the belt. I was crushed when that happened.”
• Visit www.impactwrestling.com.