‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Taking to social media in order to provide fans with the news, the former MLW World Heavyweight Champion noted that he is undergoing more tests and has pulled out of commitments going forward:
“Unfortunately some time within the past two weeks, I contracted COVID-19. Despite being asymptomatic, I obviously had to remove myself from @ParadigmProWres this past Friday. I’ll be undergoing more tests as is recommended and hopefully I’ll be back ASAP once I can be!”
Unfortunately some time within the past 2 weeks I contracted Covid-19. Despite being asymptomatic, I obviously had to remove myself from @ParadigmProWres this past Friday. I'll be undergoing more tests as is recommended and hopefully I'll be back ASAP once I can be!
— REAL Norman Smiley account (@FilthyTomLawlor) November 8, 2020
As Lawlor mentioned in his tweet, he pulled out of the Paradigm Pro Wrestling ‘Fighting Spirit Heavyweight Grand Prix 2020’ show in which he was meant to battle Stephen Bonnar.
More worryingly, it is unknown whether ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor was part of the recent MLW The Restart tapings which took place a couple of weeks ago. During the three nights MLW were active, they recorded sixteen weeks worth on television which will take them into March 2021.
Even though rumours persisted that he left the company, it was reported that he had signed a new multi-year deal in November 2019.
With the possible exception of the MLW tapings, Lawlor has not competed inside the ring since October 11 when he was part of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport III event. On that night he defeated Homicide in just under nine minutes.