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When Muhammad Lawal was fired from Zuffa after a nine-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), along with some less than flattering remarks about a member of said commission, it paved the way for Bellator to swoop in and get him on a roster devoid of top stars.
It also opened the door for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling to make its pitch and build a partnership not just with Lawal but with Bellator as well.
So that's what they did, with all sides agreeing on a deal that will see "King Mo" wrestling for TNA in 2012 and fighting for Bellator in 2013. As for when he'll debut for the former, that was originally scheduled for the summer. But we're already into September and he's still not even training with Al Snow in Ohio Valley Wrestling yet.
Still, in an interview with the Miami Herald, Lawal says to expect him soon:
"I'm going to put it like this. I'm going to be on TV sooner than you all think."
He's eager to get rolling too:
"I'm very excited. I can't wait to take my first chair shot. I can't wait until I take my first bump. I can't wait until I pin somebody. I can't wait until I get pinned and being thrown headfirst in the turnbuckle. I'm just excited to get the opportunity to entertain. I entertain in MMA, and now I get to entertain in TNA Wrestling."
So eager, in fact, he's already got names for his finishing moves:
"One is a submission called the Royal Pain, and the other is going to be an impact move called the Royal Flush."
His original goal was to be the sole possessor of the TNA tag team titles while simultaneously holding the Bellator light heavyweight crown. If you think that sounds silly, remember TNA boss Dixie Carter said the company would involve his mixed martial arts activity with his pro wrestling.