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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Originally posted by Pizza Delivery JonesWhy 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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