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TNA Wrestler King Mo Crosses Over to the Dark Side, Calls MMA a ‘Joke’


(“I don’t give a damn about some Bellator fighter that goes by the name of King Mo.” Well, that makes two of you. Video via TNAWrestling)

When Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal signed a dual-contract with Bellator and TNA Wrestling earlier this year, fans wondered how he’d be able to straddle the often-opposing worlds of real fighting and show fighting — a rare trick to pull off outside of Japan. But Lawal’s one-year suspension for steroids has allowed him to focus the majority of his energies on learning the pro wrestling game, and we’re starting to get the feeling that we might lose him altogether. Call it hunch, based on the fact that Mo thinks MMA is a fad, and can’t stand you people. Here’s what he told BleacherReport in an interview published yesterday:

It starts with the way the fans don’t think for themselves,” Lawal stated. “They have to look to certain people for approval on how they think. They bash the fighters and think fighting is easier than it really is. A lot of people didn’t grow up fighting. They grew up playing football and basketball. So they can relate to missing a pass, a layup, free throws and dropping a pass, an interception or kicking a field goal.

MMA fans never grew up fighting. They just put on their Affliction or Tapout shirts and say, ‘Hey I’m a fighter or hey I’m going to a fight.’ To me, its a joke. It is a certain demographic that’s involved and I’m not with that.

Part of me wonders if Lawal is intentionally playing a sort of MMA-traitor heel here, dissing MMA fans so that they’ll tune in to TNA Wrestling on Spike and watch him compete out of…hostility, I guess? I don’t know. It’s kind of a stretch. Let’s just assume that this is really how Lawal feels, and that he’s under the impression that pro-wrestling fans are a well-informed, well-dressed, and respectful bunch, who have all spent time gaining hands-on training in the Dungeon. Let’s see how Mo feels in six months, after being mobbed by dudes like this after every show.

Lawal, who made his introductory TNA appearance on October 4th (see the video at the top of this post), has spent all month studying his new trade at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky, under the guidance of Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore. And it’s kicking his ass, to hear him tell it:

I thought it was going to be hard, but this (pro wrestling training) is harder than I expected,” Lawal stated. “I’m going to tell you this. Pro wrestling training is three times harder than MMA. It’s harder because of the psychology, the positioning, the bumps, hitting the ropes and cutting promos…That s**t is hard. People don’t understand this s**t. People think wrestling is all fake. If you think it is fake, come try it out and you will see how real it really is.”

On the other hand, you get to do as many steroids as you want and nobody bothers you about it. (Boom. Score another one for us asshole MMA fans.)

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godspeed- October 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm
who the f*** is King mo. Lmao!!!!!!
ArmFarmer- October 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm
penfifteen, was that entire paragraph directed at the one solitary negative sentence that I wrote about pro wrestling? The one that didn't say anything about it being fake or comparing it to mma? I'll just assume it was directed at the author. Don't get me wrong, I used to watch wrestling all the time. I was slappin hands with the rock, hhh, the hardy boys, the acolytes and everything at live shows. I loved that shit. Then I turned 15.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm
King Mo keeps crying about hating everyone and nobody understands the troubles he's been through. It sounds suspiciously like a cry for help. You need a hug big guy?
masterbaitntackle- October 23, 2012 at 10:14 am
King Mo vs Brock Lesnar in a 1 hour iron man casket match inside a 15 foot high steel cage anyone?
masterbaitntackle- October 23, 2012 at 10:11 am
So king Mo is going down the road that Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, and Brock Lesnar paved for him....too bad it's TNA wrestling where the only good part is the part when MMA uncensored comes on after Hulk Hogan gets beat down by the "biker gang" he's feuding with at the end of the show
Alan K- October 23, 2012 at 9:01 am
He's not wrong. He just better be careful what else he says about MMA fans since he'll be needing them more than ever once he's finished failing to get over in TNA.
WarpedAcorn- October 23, 2012 at 8:41 am
I used to wrestle for a small indie promotion. Its definitely a tough gig. Outside of the aspects like timing, strength, agility, and endurance that you need to perform, you also have to be able to take some abuse. Taking those falls is not easy, and the ring is not a big trampoline. Its tough stuff. I've never fought in any amateur or professional boughts, so I can't make the comparison in that arena, nor should I. They are two different athletic endeavors.
Sloppyspray- October 23, 2012 at 8:12 am
Still waiting for the part where he calls MMA a joke...
Pen Fifteen- October 23, 2012 at 8:07 am
Armfarmer, have you ever actually attended a live pro-wrestling event by a serious indie promotion? I can promise you, nothing could be more embrassing than some of the sloppy bullshit I've seen on small-ball MMA cards. Everyone knows wrestling is "fake," so you really don't need to keep up the act of self-righteous indignation every time someone compares MMA to pro-wrestling. The fact that you King Mo can get people to react to a comment with such sincere credulity is what is embarrassing.
Fried Taco- October 23, 2012 at 7:44 am
Keep on trying to keep your name relevant, Mo.
kangerpang- October 23, 2012 at 7:41 am
I'd throw on an Affliction or Tapout shirt any day of the week before i wear Mo's Silly Silver House Coat....I thought about that all by myself!
ArmFarmer- October 23, 2012 at 7:37 am
Just because something's hard doesn't make it worth doing or less of an embarrassment. On the other hand, getting paid a million dollars makes just about anything worth doing, so who am I to judge.
PHISTAKUPHS- October 23, 2012 at 7:12 am
I think he was referring to a specific type of mma fan. I can see how this could come across as offensive though. I'm a huge mma fan and yes I own a tapout shirt, but I think the only 2 fighters I have ever talked bad about were tito and Chael. That's because they come across as huge douches in the media. I have respect for mma fighters and wrestlers. Judo gene lebell was a pro wrestler and he'll still kick your ass to this day.
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