Tom Lawlor considered it an honor to lose to R-Truth.
As most wrestlers do, Tom Lawlor once found himself in a tag team match at a Florida independent show against former WWE stars. In this case, those former WWE Superstars were Kip James (Billy Gunn) and Ron Killings (R-Truth). The common thread in this tag team is that both men were once paired with Road Dogg (BG James).
Speaking with Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp, Lawlor reflected on his time in the ring with these men noting that he believed he had already had a WWE tryout under his belt by the time this match came to be.
"I think by that time I’d already had a WWE tryout, as well, by the time I had that tag match. I think that was one of my last matches before I was fighting full-time."
Lawlor continued, "I believe they were the James Gang or something at that time, at the Cocoa Beach Pavilion and I remember this succinctly because, not only did we essentially got squashed in the match and they wanted nothing to do with wrestling us, but some asshole in the crowd threw a D cell battery at us. Like, those things are heavy. Dude, we’re a jobber tag team. It’s not like we’re in some blood feud with these guys or we did anything to the crowd. You huck a fucking D cell battery at poor kids? Fuck. I never had that happen with UFC or Bloodsport."
Years later, that one experience would still prove very meaningful to Tom as he says during the days of Miz teaming with R-Truth as Awesome Truth he would often remind his then-girlfriend while watching Monday Night Raw that he once lost to R-Truth, beaming and treating it like a badge of honor.
"There were a period of years where I didn’t watch wrestling at all and I started watching it again and R-Truth was in the main event scene—him and The Miz as a tag team. I would tell my ex-girlfriend at the time, ‘I wrestled that guy. I lost to that guy.’ I was so proud of it."
Neither R-Truth nor D-Cell-battery-tossing fans will not be present at GCW Bloodsport 7 on Friday, October 22. You can pre-order the event here.