#AndNEW: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor Takes Low Ki’s Belt and Ends His MLW Undefeated Streak

Tom Lawlor

On Saturday night, Major League Wrestling returned to Philadelphia for the first time since their debut show MLW Genesis in 2002 and fans were treated to not one but two title changes.

Making its 2300 Arena debut, MLW aired SuperFight, a live TV special on beIN SPORTS, as well as TV tapings for MLW: Fusion, which broke the company’s live attendance record. During SuperFight, two title matches took place, the first of which saw the New Era Hart Foundation (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Teddy Hart, with Brian Pillman Jr.) defeat the reigning champions, the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon and Fenix), who were not cornered by Konnan due to storyline injuries he received when Low Ki shanked him a month or so ago.

The second title change came in SuperFight’s main event as Low Ki put his MLW World Heavyweight Championship and 15-year MLW undefeated streak, on the line against the winner of the first ever Battle Riot, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor.

Lawlor, who won his title opportunity back in July, announced in October, his intent to take his shot at SuperFight. In the months that led up to the title bout however, Low Ki and Salina de la Renta made life a living hell for Lawlor, constantly putting distractions and obstacles in his way. de la Renta even placed a bounty on Lawlor’s head, though in the end it was unsuccessful. Ultimately, all of de la Renta and Low Ki’s efforts fell short and Tom Lawlor showed up hungry and focused on capturing the title.

The action was swift from the start as both Low Ki and Lawlor’s disdain for one another was clear from the opening bell. The two fighters charged each other and exchanged bursts of offense in the early going. The fast-paced action went back-and-forth for a while until Low Ki introduced a wooden door from under the ring, intent on putting Lawlor through it. But the leader of Team Filthy had other ideas. He managed to reverse Low Ki’s attempt, sending the champion through the door instead. Low Ki recovered and hit a vicious double stomp which gave him a near fall, but in the end, it came down to submissions, much as Tom Lawlor had said it would.

A few weeks ago on MLW, Lawlor cut a promo that ended like this: “And Mr. Professional is going to be out of a job after 15 years. How’s it going to feel, Low Ki, when all that goes to waste in six seconds as you go to sleep?”

After attempting to tap Lawlor out with his dragon sleeper, the challenger was able to turn the hold into his own rear naked choke. And just as the new champion said, Low Ki had no choice but to tap out, putting an end to his undefeated streak and his six-plus month title reign and making Tom Lawlor the top guy in MLW.


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