Major League Wrestling star Tom Lawlor recently spoke to the Wrestling Inc. Daily regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the viral outbreak has made him change aspects of his training while in quarantine. That and more below.
How he’s handled his COVID-19 quarantine:
To be honest, it’s not too big of a departure from my normal routine. There’s nowhere to go train martial arts or wrestle on the weekends, but other than that, I’ve kinda realized that I’ve been living like a hermit for the past five or six years. I lost my mind the other day and trained on the grass with somebody and did some jujitsu out in the park. I’m not quite sure what’s gonna happen in the future at one moment it sounds like the apocalypse is upon us and other times, things are improving. Day to day, minute by minute I’m just trying to figure this out like everybody else is. But it hasn’t really ruined my life as I just have to be more creative with where I’m working out.
On MLW shutting down temporarily:
They kind of have to at this point. This whole thing was starting to take shape a few weeks ago when myself and the rest of the MLW contingent was going down to Mexico for the MLW vs. AAA show. We were told by the management that if you don’t feel comfortable going down there, then let us know as it’s not an issue.They and Impact were some of the first to cancel future shows as they saw the writing on the wall and were proactive. It sucks but I can’t be upset with anything from MLW’s point of view in this situation.
Pokes fun at Brian Pillman Jr. for making fun of the virus, then getting sick:
No, he is the only one that I was aware of. I hate most of the roster so I wasn’t asking them how they were doing. Pillman got sick because he made some dumb comments about the virus and questioned how serious it all was.
Why he chose to remain in MLW:
I didn’t really feel like going anywhere else. That’s pretty much the crux of it. Myself and MLW, we came to an agreement to keep me there and also allow me to pursue other avenues that I’ve been involved with for a long time and before MLW. They gave me a little bit of leeway as far as commentary gigs and none of the other wrestling companies that could give me full-time work were gonna do that. So it was almost a no-brainer when I looked at the lay of the land and thought about the goals I want to accomplish. It was the perfect setting to re-sign and stick with MLW.
Full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)