At long last, after many rumors of him one day appearing at a WWE event, the UFC's Tito Ortiz is set to debut in some fashion for TNA at their next PPV - so says Joey Styles, care of www.1wrestling.com.
"TNA has signed Tito Ortiz, one of the most controversial names in the mixed martial arts world, to appear at the Hard Justice pay-per-view event scheduled for May 15.
Dusty Rhodes is expected to make the announcement tonight at the iMPACT tapings and will explain Ortiz' involvement on the broadcast set to air this Friday."
For fans of the UFC and MMA, this will at least spark some interest in TNA. We'll find out this week what his role and purpose will be.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeWhat makes him so "controversial"?
The only thing controversial about him is that people still think he's a top-tier fighter despite the fact that the only guys he can beat nowadays are washed-up hasbeens like Shamrock or green newbies like Coté.
However, Ortiz has good personality and fit well in wrestling. Despite that, I don't see how it will attract more buys for TNA.
(edited by Bob C on 27.4.05 0816) Tiens mon copain!
I'd agree with the above post in that I don't see how it'll get TNA any kind of increased buys. The only people I think it would create a buzz with are Tito fans, provided they aren't in the category of hardcore MMA fans who hate pro wrestling and it's theatrics. With whatever number is left over after that, how many of them would pay $30 to see a show where Tito isn't even in a real fight?
I think this article is well written, and right on in many places. I do have one problem with it- it assumes that the average fan wants to see goldberg destroy some little guy instead of watching beniot put on a great match.