Tito Ortiz Revealed As The #August1Warning

TNA Wrestling had been hyping up who the #August1Warning would be. Rumors had circulated it could be the likes of Bill Goldberg, Dave Bautista, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, Shelton Benjamin, Bob Holly and Adam Pearce. We got the reveal, but it wasn’t a pro wrestler.

The reveal was former UFC light heavyweight champion and the newest signee in Bellator MMA, Tito Ortiz. Throughout tonight’s episode of TNA’s Impact Wrestling, it was teased as who the person would be.

During the final segment of the show, The Main Event Mafia, which consists of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Sting, Rampage Jackson and Magnus came out to challenge the Aces and Eights to a match. A brawl ensued between the two factions, when the lights went out and when they came back on, Ortiz was walking down the ramp.

The wrestlers were shocked especially Jackson and then the show went off the air.

This isn’t the first time we have seen Tito Ortiz in TNA. Ortiz made some appearances in 2005 including a special referee position on a pay-per-view, which was during a time he wasn’t with the UFC.

It was announced yesterday by Bellator MMA that Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson will headline the organization’s first take into pay-per-view on November 2 in Long Beach, California.

The logic would seem here that we will be seeing cross promotion between Bellator and TNA to hype the pay-per-view bout. This has never been tried before, so we could get a good indication if the crossover appeal will be effective.

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#August1Warning Mystery Revealed Tonight on Impact Wrestling

It’s August 1st and that means tonight on Impact Wrestling, the mystery will be revealed behind the #August1Warning videos.  And yes, this person is “out for personal justice”.

This is the company latest attempt to drum up intrigue and viewers and has had some success so far.  But one of the problems is that when they have done this in the past — and they’ve done something similar plenty of times — they typically end with a dud.

That being said, there is plenty of speculation on who it will be.  We know it’s not Batista or Chris Jericho because, well, the person in the video said so.  But those are also names that very few people would really believe but they’re just not realistic.  Even Jericho has got public stating that he will never work for another wrestling organization other that WWE from this point forward.

In watching the video, the shadow of the person looks somewhat like Bob Holly.  That would be a letdown with most people.  Adam Pearce has jumped on this bandwagon and teasing that he could be the mystery man.  Another choice could be Tito Ortiz who just signed on with Bellator MMA to fight Rampage Jackson.  With Bellator having a working relationship with two of its fighters (Jackson and King Mo) along with both Bellator and TNA being on Spike TV, this would make sense.  Another fighter that could possibly be a fit would be Bobby Lashley.

And none of these people mentioned could be ‘the guy’ either.  If it wasn’t for past disappointments on this front, this could be a really big deal right now.  But there is some intrigue behind it which should be tempered until the person is revealed.

As for who it is, that’s still anyone’s guess right now.  But feel free to share your thoughts and take a stab at it.

Tito Ortiz Returns to MMA, Fighting Rampage Jackson on Bellator PPV

The whole “Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr.” boxing match looks to have been a smoke screen.

Instead, Jackson’s first fight for Bellator will be against former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz who is coming out of retirement.  Ortiz last fought on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148, losing a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin.

The two will square off at Bellator 107 on November 2 in Long Beach, California in what will be the promotion’s first pay-per-view event.

Here is the official press release from Bellator:

Newport Beach, CA. (Wednesday, July 31st) – It was announced live inside the Bellator cage tonight that two of the biggest names in MMA  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz will meet in a light heavyweight battle live on PPV Saturday, November 2nd.  The announcement was made with both Rampage and Tito inside the Bellator cage to a nationally televised audience on Spike TV at Bellator 97 inside The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Rampage vs. Tito” will be held at Southern California’s Long Beach Arena, with tickets on sale at 10 AM PST this Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.

“To have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our first PPV is awesome,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Rampage vs. Tito is a fight I’ve wanted to see for years and to have it as our Main Event on our first Pay-Per-View is a spectacular next step in Bellator’s evolution. They’re both re-energized, excited and ready for a war. This will be a great fight.”

“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born.,” Jackson said. “My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage you’ll see Nov. 2nd will be better than any Rampage you’ve ever seen.  Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. He’s a former teammate and friend, and it’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the UFC as long as I did.  But, I want to be very clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn’t exist when that cage door shuts. I’ve got a ton to prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito he’s the guy I have to make an example of. He’s in my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, it’s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.”

“I’m back,” Ortiz stated. “Over the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana. I didn’t have that drive to compete, my heart wasn’t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m free. Bjorn and Bellator put together an opportunity that made me part of the promotion, part of the family.  I feel like I can breathe again and my old friend is going to be on the receiving end of all that happiness turned into an old school Tito Ortiz ground and pound beating. I’ve fought and beaten the very best in MMA history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next huge win on my record. This is a new era for the People’s Champion.”

Jackson arrived in Bellator in June as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo”, Emanuel Newton, Vladimir Matyushenko, Attila Vegh and now, Tito Ortiz.

Ortiz joins Bellator as a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and throughout his career has been one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures during his sixteen year career, fighting the likes of Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Ken Shamrock. A true MMA icon, Ortiz will now start a new chapter of his career fighting under the Bellator banner beginning on November 2nd.