Viacom’s interest in featuring Bellator fighters alongside “sports entertainers” on TNA Wrestling hasn’t ended with recent signings Muhammed Lawal and Quinton Jackson. Last night, UFC icon Tito Ortiz showed up on TNA’s weekly show as part of a storyline also involving “Rampage”. As Mixed Martial Arts fans know, Ortiz and Jackson are scheduled to square off on a Bellator PPV this November 2, indicating some sort of cross-promotion will occur given the relationship both organizations have with Spike TV.
Ortiz did not speak during his segment, coming down the ramp to simply stare at Jackson and a handful of stunned TNA stars while the announcers expressed shock over the development. He is expected to have a more prominent role on next week’s offering.
The UFC Hall of Famer has shown interest in scripted scrapping before, sniffing around WWE a few years back. It is unknown if his relationship with TNA will extend beyond November or if he’ll even be involved in a bout.