[adinserter block=”1″]For the first time in a long while, wrestling fans are talking positively about TNA. Their August 1st campaign is causing quite a stir and people are excited to see the debut of a new talent. At the time of this writing, rumors are swirling around the internet stating that the debut could be anyone from Davey Richards, to John Morrison, to former UFC Champion Tito Ortiz. Again, at the time of this writing it could be anyone, but with Bellator’s decision to book Tito Ortiz vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson another TNA signee, I can’t help but think that Tito Ortiz is the August 1st debut.
Now, some wrestling fans might be groaning at the thought of another Mixed Martial Artist on Impact Wrestling, but what if all of these crossover appearances by Bellator fighters are part of a bigger plan? A plan to have Mixed Martial Artists go head to head with professional wrestlers in an all out interpromotional war!
So far TNA has access to King Mo, Tito Ortiz, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Two out of those three are well known in mainstream culture and the third is an up and coming superstar in the making. Why not capitalize on the Bellator deal by having them destroy the TNA roster with strikes, knockouts, and their combined charisma. Hide their negatives as wrestlers and accentuate their other positives. I don’t want to see them do arm drags and lock ups, I want to see them destroy everything in their path. They could even play up the stereotypes wrestling fans have about MMA fans and create an interesting dynamic between the two. Most wrestling fans think MMA fans are assholes and a lot of MMA fans think wrestling fans are nerds so I think they could capture the imaginations of the fans.
Bellator can even get in on this as well on their end. Kurt Angle has always expressed an interest in fighting a Mixed Martial Arts contest. Rumors spread years ago that he talked with Dana White about competing in the UFC and those talks fizzled and nothing ever came of it. How awesome would it be if Kurt Angle, an Olympic Gold Medalist competed in a real life battle in the cage? You can play up the storyline and have him face Tito Ortiz or Rampage on Bellator TV or PPV and further it that way. If he wins then it would be great for TNA and if he loses it wouldn’t really hurt him since it would be his first MMA contest. Kurt Angle competing in a Bellator cage would spark interest from both wrestling fans and MMA fans and I think it could be a win-win for both companies.
I would even bring back MMA/wrestler hybrids to be a part of the MMA team just to even it out a bit and do special appearances. I wouldn’t have them be regulars but I would have them further the story a bit. MMA guys with wrestling history like Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Bobby Lashley, Bob Sapp, and even Daniel Puder. Puder hasn’t been seen in wrestling since appearances in ROH a couple of years ago and he already has a built in history with Kurt Angle and knows how to get a reaction from a crowd. TNA can even make a championship for them to hold while the storyline is running. They can call it the hybrid championship and do worked shoot fights which were big in Japan with the UWF promotion. Emphasize their skills and I think it could be something completely new for this American audience.
[adinserter block=”2″]Now, this may be a crazy booking idea I had but I think it could create some buzz for TNA to capitalize on their deal with Bellator. They have the tools they just have to use it. We will see how TNA does utilize these MMA guys and hopefully it will mean better things for TNA than bad.
What do you Camel Clutch Blog Readers think of this idea? Put your comments below and tell me how you would book a TNA vs MMA invasion.
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