According to an Aug. 27 report from Submission Radio, Bellator MMA light heavyweight standout "King Mo" Lawal (12-4 MMA, 4-3 Bellator) made some headlines and raised plenty of eyebrows in an anticipation of his Bellator 123 clash with Dustin Jacoby, by stating that TNA has better wrestling than the WWE. TNA is widely viewed as the second-best pro wrestling promotion in the world, just behind the WWE.
The WWE regularly holds shows at 15,000-seat stadiums, while TNA typically comes to much more intimate venues. Obviously the WWE is far more popular than TNA, but does that mean it's a better promotion with higher-level wrestling? Lawal doesn't believe so. He thinks TNA stacks its cards with more matches, and less filler than what the WWE provides. Lawal, 33, isn't just blowing smoke.
He knows what he's talking about, since he's a veteran of both TNA and Ohio Valley Wrestling. Lawal, who competes under the Bellator MMA banner on Sept. 5 at Mohegan Sun, noted that the WWE has several high-level wrestlers, including Dean Ambrose and Cesaro. He gave props to WWE superstars such as the Shield and Seth Rollins. Lawal didn't really insult the level of talent on the WWE roster, but he thinks the promotion has too much talking on its televised shows.
Lawal respects the WWE. However, he thinks top to bottom, TNA puts on a better show. The Bellator MMA standout believes the WWE fills too much of their cards with filler, including commentary and promos. Is Lawal right? No one knows for sure. There's no real right or wrong answer, and everyone is entitled to their opinions.
Storytelling is obviously a key component of pro wrestling, so it is true that the WWE fills its televised episodes with a lot of talking. Is there anything wrong with that? Not really. It's the same formula the WWE has stuck to for decades. Some fans want to see more action in the ring, while others enjoy the promo work.
It all depends on the person. Lawal has been doing interviews this week to build a buzz surrounding his Bellator 123 fight against Jacoby, a grizzled UFC and Glory kickboxing veteran. Bellator 123 goes head-to-head with UFC Fight Night 50, and Lawal will be looked at to draw eyes to the card.