This week, Wrestling Inc. President Raj Giri sat down with Major League Wrestling CEO Court Bauer to plead this Thursday’s MLW: One-Shot event, that is set to underline Olympian Jeff Cobb vs. MMA warrior Tom Lawlor. When asked how a Cobb / Lawlor matchup was shaped, Bauer reveals that a thought came to him while sitting on a beach this past summer.
“I unequivocally wanted to showcase Jeff Cobb and his talents,” Bauer said. “Meanwhile, you’ve got Tom Lawlor violation onto a stage after primarily wrestling out of a Orlando area in a mid-2000s before attack it large in MMA and going onto a UFC.”
An engaging prospect, Bauer satisfied that it was a eventuality for a dual to be matched adult for a initial time.
“You have a extraction of an Olympic wrestler, who’s a inhuman suplexing beast, in a ‘Hawaiian Hulk’ Jeff Cobb, contra ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor who is a scrappy, suplexing wrestler in his possess right.”
Cobb wrestled during a 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens; around a same time, Lawlor wrestled during a University of Central Florida and began his MMA career. Bauer believes that this singular pairing will be utterly a strong-style matchup.
Tom Lawlor isn’t a initial MMA/wrestler Bauer’s had a run in with. Previously operative in artistic for WWE, Bauer recounts a time when Brock Lesnar roughly returned to a association in 2005. Bauer and a rest of a SmackDown essay group hoped to captivate The Beast Incarnate over to their show, pitching a series of options including programs with a mythological Undertaker and a fast rising Bautista.
“I unequivocally favourite a Brock and Bautista since of a parallels going behind to OVW. It was a classic, normal Vince McMahon collision march of dual large forces. It was a large income match. Bautista indispensable something opposite to shake things adult for him and Brock Lesnar could have unequivocally fit that mold rather well.”
The wish was to uncover McMahon a “trail of money” a argument would create, with a adversary culminating during WrestleMania.
“We were going to have him leave a route of disadvantage until Bautista said, ‘That’s enough. You’re on my turf. I’m going to put down this good white shark’.”
Lesnar met with both a SmackDown and Raw artistic teams, followed by a assembly with McMahon himself. Though SmackDown was assured they’d obstacle a stream WWE Universal Champion, all formulation shortly came to a halt.
“Someone asked Vince indicate vacant is he in fact entrance behind and we got a answer to not cause Brock Lesnar into a skeleton for a evident future. That was Vince’s really organisation approach of observant we’re not doing business with him during a moment.”
Bautista and Lesnar have nonetheless to face-off in a WWE ring, nonetheless they did block off in OVW.
Major League Wrestling: One-Shot is set for this Thursday, Oct 5th during GILT Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Matches on a label embody Ricochet vs. Shane Strickland in a categorical event, MVP vs. Sami Callihan, Darby Allin vs. “The Flying Gambino” Jason Cade, Santana Garrett vs. Mia Yim, and MJF vs. Jimmy Yuta. Tickets are accessible now at MLW.com.
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