Somehow I didn't feel it was appropriate to include words like "gratuitous wank-off" or "self-aggrandizing, mastubatory exhibitionism" in the actual thread title here, but ... that's pretty much what I saw.
Anybody else see this pseudo-show last night after Impact? Basically "they" (Sure seemed like a Dana-driven perspective, gosh-golly.) edited up the footage that Spike had collected in preparation for the scintillating Dana White / Tito Ortiz boxing match (The W). I grabbed it onto my Tivo, thinking that maybe I'd missed an update, & that the "event" had actually happened. (I was soo happy for Tivo -- as I realised what it actually was, I was able to skim through it.) No, this was just an hour (or more?) long presentation of Dana being cornered into the figt; Dana training; Dana the underdog; Tito the wacko; Dana thinks he has a chance; Dana vs the (freakin!) NV Athletic Comission; Dana as the valiant man of his word shows & Tito the chickenshit who no-showed.
I can only assume that Dana had made some sort of agreement to deliver something to Spike, but this was the best he could pull off under the circumstances. I can't possibly believe that Dana is dumb enough to believe this would make him look good. (Hey, when Vince inserts himself into matches, he's always the heel!!!)
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Here's the scoop. Spike filmed this documentary as part of the buildup for the fight. Tito wanted to cash in on the fight and had Jenna Jameson (his girlfriend/business manager) go to UFC and demand more money. When nobody at UFC budged, he no-showed the weight-ins... which cancelled the fight. Meanwhile, the whole thing was for charity, which Tito claims he didn't know.
After all that happened, Spike still had a documentary sitting in their hands and no fight to promote. So they decided to run it anyway, as fans would be interested in the much-rumored feud between Tito and Dana.
Knowing that there was no fight, I was able to enjoy this 90-minute program. It was well-done, even if it was mostly telling only one side of the story. Really, it's no different than a lot of WWE documentaries. And although people assumed there would be a fight, the commercials which Spike TV ran didn't actually say there would be a fight shown.
Overall, it was a behind-the-scenes look at UFC's operations and a bit of a history lesson thrown in. Hell, it was better entertainment than several of their last few Fight Night Lives.
As someone who didn't know the whole White-Ortiz story and actually thought there was going to be a match between these two, I was pissed that I wasted my time watching this.
The first half-hour showcased both Ortiz and White and then it was ALLLLLL Dana White after that. I started to get a feeling something had happened to the fight when the timeline was shown to be close to Ortiz-Shamrock 3 which I knew happened awhile back.
I did enjoy the background as I was unaware of all the details behind the feud. But the last half hour was a complete farce. Glad I Tivo'd it and didn't watch it at midnight on Saturday.
I wouldn't. But is it an accurate assessment to say that this year's installment is at least more interesting in part because of the lack of soul-crushing favorites? Not just Lance, but Ullrich, Vinokourov, et al.