NJPW recently revealed the 28-man field for the 2022 G1 Climax 32 tournament. Among the names is former NJPW Strong Openweight Champion Tom Lawlor, who spoke about working the tournament for the first time during an appearance on this week’s Figure Four Daily.
Here is what he had to say (via Fightful):
“How about that? Filthy Tom Lawlor in the G1 Tournament 2022, the 50th anniversary of New Japan. Who embodies strong style more than me? I don’t know if you can find many more people. If you think about it, it’s based upon is legitimate martial arts fighting skill. Everybody thinks strong style is beating each other up and head dropping each other and nailing each other unprotected. No, no, no. Strong style is about legitimate martial arts techniques, fighting spirit.”
“I have an idea, but I wouldn’t even consider that information to be reliable because the information I had going in wasn’t necessarily 100%. I wasn’t surprised to see my name, these things do take time and has been in the works for a while. I just got my visa back recently, very recently. I had information that ended up being what was not provided on the broadcast. The number of people, stuff like that.”