Thomas Joseph Lawlor (born May 15, 1983) is an American professional professional wrestler currently working for New Japan Pro-Wrestling's American sub-brand New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America (NJoA), performing under the ring name Tom Lawlor, where he is the current and inaugural Strong Openweight Champion, while also being the winner of the 2021 New Japan Cup USA.
Lawlor was born in Fall River, Massachusetts before moving to Swansea, Massachusetts, and then finally to Fort Myers, Florida. He attended Estero High School in Florida and was on the wrestling team, then continued his wrestling career at the University of Central Florida where he won three NCWA national championships in the 235 lb weight class in 2003, 2004, 2005 and as a freshman placed third. He began Brazilian jiu-jitsu in his home town of Fall River. Lawlor had a sister who died in a car accident in 2001.
Professional wrestling career
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2020–present)
Lawlor made his debut in NJPW's sub-brand New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America at NJoA's television program Lion's Break Collision on July 3, 2020, being spotted by NJPW's color commentator Kevin Kelly watching the match between Jeff Cobb and Rocky Romero and JR Kratos and Rust Taylor. Before Lawlor's match with Fred Rosser, it was confirmed that he had aligned himself with Kratos and Taylor to form NJoA's version of Team Filthy.
Following signs of disension within Team Filthy Lawlor began feuding with Team Filthy stablemate Chris Dickinson. Lawlor reminded Dickinson's loss to Ren Narita on February 26 at The New Beginning in USA. During this time, at Ring of Honor's 19th Anniversary Show, Kratos and Lawlor were unaware that Dickinson had aligned himself with Brody King. During the Road to New Japan Cup USA 2021, Lawlor order Dickinson to break Sterling Riegel's arm, which he refused, leading Kratos to breat it instead. In April, Lawlor took part in the 2021 New Japan Cup. On April 23, Lawlor defeated Brody King in the finals to win the tournament, becoming the inaugural Strong Openweight Champion. Following the match, Lawlor demanded a challenger for his title, but when none emerged, Dickinson surprisingly challenged Lawlor to a title match, which he accepted. On May 14, Team Filthy turned on Dickinson, kicking him out of the stable. At the title match on May 28, Lawlor defeated Dickinson to retain the Strong Openweight Championship.
In May 2015, Figure Four Online launched the Filthy Tom Lawlor Show (later renamed Filthy Four Daily), a weekly podcast featuring Lawlor discussing MMA and professional wrestling with host Bryan Alvarez. In September 2016, it was announced he would be making monthly appearances on The Bryan and Vinny Show to discuss SmackDown Live pay per views. He has also made appearances on Wrestling Observer Radio
He is the co-host of the FRB Show with Front Row Brian.
Lawlor currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Finishing moves
- Rear Naked Choke
- PK – Penalty Kick (Soccer kick to the chest of a seated opponent)
- Sleeper Suplex
- Signature moves
- Boston Crab
- Chin lock
- Chickenwing Arm Lock
- D'arce Choke
- Front Neck-Chancery
- Guillotine choke
- Multiple suplex variations
- Front Neck-Chancery Drop
- Multiple strike variations
- Backhand chop
- Back Elbow
- Elbow stamp
- Knuckle punch
- Multiple kick variations
- Knee kick
- Knee lift
- Soccer, sometimes to the head of a kneeling opponent
- Straight Arm Bar
- Swinging DVD (Death Valley Bomb)