wrestlers out there, do you think there's enough of those guys that have the interest in mixed martial arts that you can use some of them as training partners when you're out on the road?
Muhammed Lawal: I guess I'll find out, you know. I know some guys that are interested in it, you know, but the thing is that they just don't have the background or the skill level to do it.
So, you know, we'll - I guess we'll see because maybe I could teach some guys a few things here and there and then we can train. I don't know. We'll find out.
Ken Pishna: Okay thanks guys.
Operator: We'll take our next question from Matthew Roth with Bleacher Report.
Matthew Roth: Yes, this question is actually for Kevin. Kevin, is Mo's deal with Spike TV or does he have a dual role contract with TNA and with Bellator?
Kevin Kay: Yes, it's with Bellator and TNA, not Spike.
Matthew Roth: Okay thank you.
Operator: We'll go next to Mike Johnson with pwinsider.com.
Mike Johnson: How you all doing?
Dixie Carter: Hi Mike.
Bjorn Rebney: Good.
Mike Johnson: Good. A couple of questions. Mo's currently serving the suspension with the Nevada State Commission. Is there any concern about putting him in the ring within TNA before that suspension is up?
Has that been any topic of discussion and do you think there'll be an issue with the Commission if he's doing pro wrestling before the suspension is up in October?
Dixie Carter: No. Oh go ahead Bjorn. Sorry.
Bjorn Rebney: No. It is and, I mean, I think our primary concern right now is I think, you know, anybody that's been tracking Mo and his career our primary concern right now is the rehabilitation of his name.
I mean, Mo went through a knee surgery followed as most of us know by a catastrophic staph infection that could very well have taken his life. I mean, in - what he's overcome and the transition that he's gone through, and the kind of travails he's had to deal with over the last number of months have been pretty substantial.
So like our first and foremost concern right now is Mo's back. He - walking around he's feeling good. He's back in full-time rehab. We pulled him out of it obviously to come to New York and do this, but that's our first and foremost concern is the rehabilitation to get Mo back to 110%.
And then the timing of the launch on IMPACT and the timing of the launch from our perspective inside of our MMA cage at Bellator, that'll all come when it will come. But really the focal point right now is rehabbing him 110%.
Mike Johnson: Okay, had a question for Kevin specifically. You talked about the synergy between these two companies. IMPACT's going to be changing their time slot I think again at the end of the month.
Is it possible we'll be looking at maybe a double shot of IMPACT followed by Bellator at some point, or maybe a co-promoted special where there's MMA fights and pro wrestling bouts incorporating the TNA storyline and also from the Bellator one?
Kevin Kay: You know, I don't think you're going to see the mixture of a co-promoted, you know, we're going to keep the two brands separate but we will promote back and forth between the two brands.
So, you know, and in terms of the, you know, the time slot, you know, as I said before we're just not there yet in terms of what we're thinking. You know, we are literally assessing the landscape and we will make the best decision for Bellator about where it should be.
It's a conversation Bjorn and I have like once a week and probably will have once a week, every week from now until, you know, we make that decision together.
But, you know, we're - we'll do whatever is best for the brand and, you know, put on great fights on the right night and where we can get the most ratings and the most fannies in the seats.
Mike Johnson: Right. And one final question. A couple of the other writers talked about potential fighters who could do both TNA and Bellator, however there's a wrestler out there who's not active right now.
And Dave Batista who's got huge name value, marquee value - he's headlined Wrestlemania and he's also expressed a lot of interest in doing MMA.
Is that - is it possible he could be on your radar for signing down the line, similar to the King Mo situation?
Dixie Carter: Dave's a great talent, you know, a great wrestling talent. I'll - that's all I can speak to, you know, speak to. But again like we said, I mean, our sole focus right now, I mean, I know there's probably going to be a lot of people out there today wishing that this was them.
I mean, this is a great opportunity to be honest. But one reason it is such a great opportunity is that this is our focus right now and, you know, to make sure that King Mo comes out in the biggest way for us and in the MMA world.
Mike Johnson: And one last question for Mo. In the past guys like Brock Lesnar have dealt with a lot of backlash from MMA fans for even being a former wrestler going into MMA.
What sort of backlash do you think you're going to get from some of the fans, dabbling in pro wrestling at the same time you're doing MMA, and what's your message to them?
Muhammed Lawal: Well really I'll be honest with you. I don't care. And if they're really fans of me and Bellator and IMPACT Wrestling they wouldn't mind. So, you know, that's their loss if they wanted to complain about something that is actually good for everybody. You know, that's their loss.
Mike Johnson: All right, fair enough. Thank you all for your time.
Dixie Carter: Thanks Mike.
Kevin Kay: Thanks.
Operator: We'll go now to Steven Muehlhausen with bleacherreport.com.
Steven Muehlhausen: Thank you guys for the time today, and Mo congratulations as always my friend. But you back it and getting to do what you want to do, and I'll start with you Mo.
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