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.
Did you shell out big bucks to attend the pay per view live and in person? I'm guessing not. I'm well aware that the average fan in north america likely doesn't know who the guy is because Pride FC doesn't really market itself over here.