Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal attempted a rare feat when he signed with Bellator. Besides continuing to train for his debut for the promotion, he began to start a second career as a professional wrestler for TNA.
Lawal watched the WWE’s Tough Enough, a reality TV show that trained aspiring professional wrestlers with the winner receiving a contract, and figured that that the wrestling business was simple.
After signing with TNA, he would head to their developmental territory OVW for training.
“My first two weeks at OVW, I was like, ‘Man, what the hell am I doing here,’” said Lawal on The MMA Hour. “My back is hurting. My neck is hurting. My heels are hurting, and the right side of my body, from the ropes, was all raw.”
The constant bumps during training left Lawal with headaches, but after sometime he started to grasp the concept better. A big concern that still exists is if his character, King Mo, will get over in professional wrestling. In MMA, Lawal said all he had to do was win to get the attention he needed, but in professional wrestling the fans have to accept the character.
“I had doubts like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’” said Lawal. “I really had doubts.”
Lawal has appeared twice for TNA in non-wrestling roles, with the last being at their October PPV Bound for Glory. This Thursday, Lawal competes for Bellator against Przemyslaw Mysiala. They meet on the main card of Bellator 86, which takes place from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK. Spike TV airs the main card with a start time of 10 p.m. ET.