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    Earlier today, WWE officials and members of the group PRIDE had a meeting at WWE global headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The meeting focused on the possibility of the two groups doing some form of business together in the future.


So what do you suppose this is about? Bob Sapp? WWE helping PRIDE get back on TV? Cross promoted or even split shows, as Pride looks for ways to get into the US and WWE tries to get more out of the Japan market?

I do recall a similar meeting with Simon Inoki on behalf of NJPW, which appeared to only result in a Benoit NJ match being on a DVD, so who knows if this is actually meaningful in any way. And it may be better for WWE for it to be not meaningful - Pride's not in a good way right now.

Maybe that's IT - WWE is buying PRIDE to get into MMA and go to war with UFC. I can't think of a better crazy conspiracy theory.

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Not to read too much into it, but I have heard some things about Sapp coming to WWE lately. Might be cool if it happens.

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Today's update on the Observer site goes into some detail about the talks between PRIDE and WWE, and the major pitfalls that could exist there.

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From what I heard, Sapp was supposed to get the slot Bobby Lashley took in ECW, but they couldn't get a deal worked out in time.

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Pride is still shown on Fox Sports Net, at least here in St Louis.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.76
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Pride is still shown on Fox Sports Net, at least here in St Louis.

We get it here too. I catch it at late times in the middle of the night.

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Why would they be talking to PRIDE FC if they want Bob Sapp? The guy works for K1.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.28
    Originally posted by Pizza Delivery Jones
    Why would they be talking to PRIDE FC if they want Bob Sapp? The guy works for K1.

He hasn't fought for K-1 in a hair over a year and as far as I know isn't under contract with them anymore. I'm not sure if Pride has him contracted right now, but I've read that there was talk of WWE and Pride cross-promoting him in the States as both a pro wrestler and MMA guy.

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