"Filthy" Tom Lawlor

Tom Lawlor Talks NJPW STRONG Compared To Previous Version Of NXT

“Filthy” Tom Lawlor recently appeared on the Hashtag Show for an extensive interview. While on the program, the wrestling and MMA veteran spoke about a number of topics.

Lawlor compared NJPW STRONG to the previous version of WWE NXT, spoke about the travel issues as a result of COVID and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On comparing NJPW STRONG to the previous version of WWE NXT: “The way I look at it is kind of very similar to how WWE has NXT. I look at New Japan STRONG as kind of the equivalent to that for New Japan. We’re in — unfortunately for some people and fortunate for others, travel overseas has been kind of put on the backburner over the past couple of years and if that was the case, maybe New Japan STRONG would be getting — oh I’m sorry, if that wasn’t the case, then maybe New Japan STRONG wouldn’t be getting the talent that it has.”

On how the travel issues from COVID have led to top tier talents appearing in the United States: “Maybe the Jay Whites, the Ishii’s, the Tanahashis, those guys wouldn’t be over here. Maybe they would, I don’t know. But, what it’s given is an opportunity for guys like myself — I mean I’ll put over the rest of Team Filthy. I’ll put over the West Coast Wrecking Crew; J.R. Kratos, Danny Limelight. I’ll even put over Chris Dickinson who was part of Team Filthy before but these are guys who weren’t in the New Japan ring previously and there’s a lot of guys on New Japan STRONG that are like that, that have taken the opportunity and definitely bettered themselves because of it and I think that, you know, the champ, the STRONG Openweight Champion is proof, you know? I’m one of those guys so it’s been awesome for me.”

Check out the complete interview at YouTube.com. H/T to POST Wrestling for transcribing the above quotes.

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