deal. Were you surprised you were able to get this done in, you know, pretty much six weeks after Mo was released from Strikeforce?
Bjorn Rebney: No, I wasn't but it just - that's become commonplace in the relationship that we, as a company, have with Spike and with Viacom. We're really part of that family and one of the cool things about being here underneath this umbrella is that that whole family kind of works in unison. And it's not a matter of calling somebody and looking for three days to get an appointment to set up to talk to somebody.
Kevin and I talk every single day and we're texting each other back and forth and we're sending each other photos of this or that or ideas and clips and, you know, both Impact and Bellator being part of that same family, there was an ease to getting this done that having worked in this business for 25 years, I've never seen.
Dixie Carter: We talk about as often too.
Bjorn Rebney: Yes, I mean, there's a continuity in terms of the people that are existing underneath this umbrella and specifically under these two kind of preeminent sports franchises at Spike, but it wasn't nearly as tough as you would think. It was literally like working with family and/or friends to try to get something done that you all recognize could be very powerful and very explosive if you could get it done right, and literally just jumping on conference calls.
We're all in different places. We're all bouncing all over the country and the world but it was much more - it was much simpler than you would think given the size of Viacom and the size of Spike and Bellator and Impact to get this thing completed. It took a series of phone calls to put the wheels in motion and then it all just started to roll.
Dixie Carter: And it was fun.
Bjorn Rebney: Yes.
Dixie Carter: The whole process has been fun.
Kevin Sullivan: I think, you know, the question really wasn't, like, how long is it going to take? The question was how do we get this done right now? And I think the three of us asked the three of us that same question. Like, "Dixie, what do you have to do to make your part happen? Bjorn, what do you have to do to make your part happen, Kevin, what do you have to do to make your part happen?" And, you know, we were all on the same page and it was important and when it's important, it gets done fast.
Matt Bishop: Now, Dixie, obviously this is a very unique situation for your company. Has TNA already been hard at work coming up with ideas for how to use Mo?
Dixie Carter: You know, I've actually kept him a secret to almost everybody there so the answer is within the organization, no, but from Mo and I talking, you know, we've come up with quite a few ideas and he - I mean, somebody - we asked him about his (finishing move), I mean, the guy's already named his finishing move. He's got these (contests).
I mean, he's really, you know, he's a student of our sport and, you know, I think he's going to make the transition very, very quickly. I know that there is, you know, back at our headquarters and with our wrestlers who live in different countries and all over the United States, there's a lot of excited people today.
And I'm confident our fans will be too, especially when they see him come out, from the very first time he steps out on that stage, he's going to own it and it's - they're going to feel that charisma hit them like a big right-hand punch as soon as he walks out.
Matt Bishop: And lastly, for Kevin, we've established that Mo has two separate deals - one with Bellator, one with TNA, is - did Spike kick in any money to get this deal done?
Kevin Sullivan: Well, Spike funds most of this, I mean, is the answer. I mean, if you're asking did we kick in additional money it's, like, look, fund both these organizations and so we prove to be...
Kevin Sullivan: I guess you could say that. You know, we proved it and look, I've said this before, our job of this fight is to market it. Our job is to build it and it's not to make fights or tell ((inaudible)) we should do what and when. We don't do that. What we do is market and I think we're really good at it and when you look at the opportunity that ((inaudible)) to be marketed because he's a marketing machine, right, you know, we're going to have a lot of fun doing this and we are going to make him big and we're going to put - and make him big in both organizations and that's where we'll - that's actually where we'll spend the next money which is like marketing King Mo in both these organizations.
Matt Bishop: Thanks everyone.
Male: Thanks Matt.
Dixie Carter: Thanks.
Operator: We'll go next to Fred Richani with the Sports Courier.
Fred Richani: Okay, this question is for Mo. I was just wondering, without giving anything away, is there anybody in particular in TNA that you would love to work with down the road?
King Mo: The nature boy, Rick Flair. You know, I love Rick Flair. Man, he has style, swag, everything. When I was young, he used to talk about Space Mountain and I never knew what it was until I got older, you know what I'm saying? So - but I like Rick Flair, I like Sting. I like them all.
Dixie Carter: Kurt Angle, that's...
King Mo: Yes, Kurt Angle too. Yes, Kurt Angle, he's going to be get beat down. I'm playing. But I'm just happy to just be there and just work with everybody, you know. Yes, I mean, I'm at a loss for words. I just can't stop smiling when I think about it.
Dixie Carter: Yes, wish this were a video conference where you guys could see this.
Fred Richani: Yes and another question for Mo. A lot of MMA fighters ((inaudible)) little intimated to go with the pro wrestling and the (anime) route, you know, ((inaudible)) for doing it years back. How does your experience in Japan fighting first thing go to where pro wrestling and MMA are so intertwined, kind of helped you make this decision and go to this new career (avenue)?
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