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    Spike TV continues to blend pro wrestling and MMA together, but the question is if it's the right way.

    Just one day after Tito Ortiz came out in pro wrestling fashion as Rampage Jackson's surprise opponent for Bellator's first pay-per-view show, as Yogi Berra would say, it was deja vu all over again.

    TNA wrestling, the former lead-in to Bellator which history can now pretty much prove conclusively added several hundred thousand viewers to the promotion weekly, had spent the last week teasing a big surprise debut at its show taped in Wichita Falls, Texas.

    For two hours, it was teased until the closing moments of the show. The Main Event Mafia, the babyface (good guy) faction that includes former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, 90s star Sting, Rampage Jackson and some others, were in a brawl with the heel Aces and 8s, a group dressed up like rejects from a Sons of Anarchy casting call.

    Suddenly, the lights went out, and walking down the ramp was, you guessed it, Tito Ortiz. Everyone was pretending to be shocked, most notably Jackson.



    It appears in an attempt to promote the Nov. 2 pay-per-view, Viacom will be using both its pro wrestling franchise and its MMA franchise to build Jackson vs. Ortiz.

    It's a novel concept, and it's too early to tell if it will work. Unlike when Jackson debuted on the same show and the fans treated him like something of a celebrity, with a hoard of camera phones shooting his entrance from all over the arena, the reaction to Ortiz was indifference.

    More will come of this as a second show, for next Thursday, like with Ortiz and Jackson, was taped later Thursday night.

    Ortiz made a number of appearances for TNA in 2005, during one of the periods he was at odds with Dana White and UFC. He never wrestled, but made appearances as a special referee. At the time, TNA was attempting to build an Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock pro wrestling match, but Shamrock had returned to UFC.
    Good move Viacom. Let's just continue to blur the lines between MMA and pro wrestling shall we?

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    Glad I gave up wresting in the 80's lol

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    Overall that looked pretty terrible... does TNA actually pull in decent viewer numbers with that ?

    Watching Rampage actually try and wrestle he looks horrible as well and pretty much half asses his way through the brawl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rise View Post
    Overall that looked pretty terrible... does TNA actually pull in decent viewer numbers with that ?

    Watching Rampage actually try and wrestle he looks horrible as well and pretty much half asses his way through the brawl.
    Yup TNA does well infact for those wrestling fans that don't watch WWE they watch TNA kinda like for those that don't watch the UFC they flock to Bellator.

    Its a good avenue for making money so it looks to me like both Tito and Page are getting paid without needing the UFC. TNA is more hardcore version of WWE without all the bs melodrama. TNA only has a few stars that are actually good on the mic but they usually excel with the wrestling like WCW.

    I stopped watching wrestling when Lesnar and Goldberg left WWE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roaddawg View Post
    Yup TNA does well infact for those wrestling fans that don't watch WWE they watch TNA kinda like for those that don't watch the UFC they flock to Bellator.

    Its a good avenue for making money so it looks to me like both Tito and Page are getting paid without needing the UFC. TNA is more hardcore version of WWE without all the bs melodrama. TNA only has a few stars that are actually good on the mic but they usually excel with the wrestling like WCW.

    I stopped watching wrestling when Lesnar and Goldberg left WWE.
    no one flocks to bellator just look at te ratings as of late people are if anything running from bellator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mma #1 fan View Post
    no one flocks to bellator just look at te ratings as of late people are if anything running from bellator.
    Again when UFC isn't an option people watch Bellator. There aren't many other options and the proof is kinda in the pudding when you look at their roster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roaddawg View Post
    Yup TNA does well infact for those wrestling fans that don't watch WWE they watch TNA kinda like for those that don't watch the UFC they flock to Bellator.

    Its a good avenue for making money so it looks to me like both Tito and Page are getting paid without needing the UFC. TNA is more hardcore version of WWE without all the bs melodrama. TNA only has a few stars that are actually good on the mic but they usually excel with the wrestling like WCW.

    I stopped watching wrestling when Lesnar and Goldberg left WWE.
    Haha...that video wasn't full of BS melodrama?

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    It must be very nice to get tons of money for just entering the arena and standing there for a minute.
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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    Can't Rampage and Tito just stick to what they used to be good at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    Can't Rampage and Tito just stick to what they used to be good at?
    Well Tito hasn't been good at it for a while and Rampage doesn't want to do the workrequired... so I'm inclined to say no

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