If you didn’t hear by now, I am sorry to spoil it. The man behind the #August1 warning was in fact, Tito Ortiz. This is actually a return for Ortiz to TNA, as he has been in the company before. I believe it was to ref a match. But it was a long time ago. So this was by no means a debut for the The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.
The 38-year-old former UFC Champion has a lot of wrestling skill, and is known for his great wrestling attack. He had a bit of a falling out with UFC and decided he would no longer be part of the company.
Many felt he would retire as it would be the perfect time for him to do so.
Ortiz has been fighting for well over a decade and most feel that his glory days and prime have long passed. This made several believe he may end up in Pro-Wrestling eventually. The problem with that is, it was not in the way we’d like.
Ortiz signed with Spike TV which would allow him to appear with TNA and Bellator. Bellator, the MMA Company on Spike TV, signed Ortiz to go against Rampage Jackson in the cage. Rampage is currently in TNA and has always enjoyed pro-wrestling. He really wanted to get involved with WWE but there was little interest at the time. And an interest they had was pushed off because he was still with UFC at the time.
Jackson had the A-Team role to go off of, and another A-Team movie would not be outside the realm of possibility due to the success of the first. Because of acting offers Rampage had, he made sure to have openings in his contract with Bellator to do them.
Ortiz on the other hand is really there just to fight. The problem with this whole ordeal is that TNA put a lot of promotion behind the #August1 thing. Many of us wanted to know who it could be.
Some said Adam Pearce. Others said Davey Richards. Some even went as far to say Goldberg, nice idea marks.
But the problem was that none of those men were even considered. This was all for Ortiz. Now, I am not heavily against Ortiz or Rampage being in TNA. But, has anyone seen Rampage wrestle much? Oh yeah, that’s right, Spike and Bellator won’t let him do much of that right now. So, I guess we’re going to see the same from Ortiz.
The two will be there in name only. My guess would be that Ortiz would be involved with Aces and Eights at Hardcore Justice to take on the Main Event Mafia. This would be the time I assume we’d see both actually wrestle.
An interesting possibly to point out, one could purposely hurt the other so that they’d have an edge on the fight. This is possible. But maybe they’ll be professionals about it. This is “professional” wrestling. Maybe something could happen “accidentally on purpose”.
This is pretty much a big promotion for Bellator at the end of the day. It promotes Rampage and Tito. Sooo…how does this help TNA again? Any ideas guys? You with the face, yeah you on the computer, ideas?
Some will say that by having both Tito and Rampage in, that can promote TNA. That makes total sense random person who may have made that point.
But here’s the problem. Rampage may have some popularity to his name still, but people liked him from MMA, not wrestling. If you’re a hardcore MMA fan who didn’t already watch wrestling, chances are you probably won’t just to see Rampage.
We have Ortiz who is an MMA legend, let’s be fair here. But the problem is that no one cares about Tito anymore. He’s not at the height of his popularity anymore. Hell, he had Jenna Jameson and she’s even gone. So why should we care?
Now if TNA brought in guys like Jon Jones or Chael Sonnon, I could see where some promotion could happen. Even then, would TNA see a “spike” in ratings? (Pun intended)
It’s a question that has been asked a lot. However, think about it. No matter the athlete who has joined, a major spike in ratings has never happened. The moment they brought in major names like Jeff Hardy, Sting, Kurt Angle, and others, no major movement was seen. They may have had lower than...