Tom Lawlor has left MLW after four years with the company and although many have wondered if he would end up in either AEW or WWE, the former MMA star has shut down these rumors in a hot minute, it would seem.

It was while he was speaking with Wrestling Inc that he set the record straight, all the while letting on that he is in fact watching the product, as his statements prove. The statements he has made raise the question, though: Would he wrestle for either promotion even if he hasn’t spoken to either of them?

“I’ve had no talks with anybody from that side or the other big one that I’m assuming you’re gonna bring up. You’re talking about WOW, right? I don’t think they necessarily need me in that angle whatsoever. They’ve got plenty of stars on the ATT side of things. They’ve got Jorge Masvidal, who’s a far bigger star in the world of MMA than I ever was.

Paige VanZant, which brings in an entirely different demographic for MMA viewers. Dan Lambert’s an awesome mouthpiece. It’s not like they need somebody to go out there and talk for them. Junior dos Santos, he was the heavyweight champion in the UFC. It doesn’t get much more prestigious than that. He won that huge fight over Cain Velasquez on FOX that had great viewership back in the day. Like I said, I don’t think I’m needed for them at all.


I guess, early on, I wasn’t able to watch as much AEW just because of my life schedule, but I found more time recently. My kids have grown up. Timing changes a little bit and I found more time to watch the shows, and now with Hulu, I can get the west coast feed live. It’s a lot easier to watch it rather than having to watch it later on at night.

So I have caught a lot more of it. For the most part A+. The action’s great. The angles aren’t insulting, for the most part. I can’t think of something. I mean, obviously, there’s always gonna be blunders like the explosion with Kingston and Moxley, but I thought they did as good of a job trying to cover that up as they could.”

No real word on if he’d actually take an offer though, so that’s still up in the air for sure. He has quite the following on the indie circuit, so a debut for either company would make sense. We’ll keep you posted should developments arise.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe,, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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