Tito Ortiz Makes Surprise TNA Wrestling Appearance, Joins Rampage Jackson on Impact

August 2, 2013
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Tito Ortiz Impact Pro Wrestling DebutUFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz followed friend and former trainer partner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s footsteps all the way to Bellator MMA, but he didn’t stop there. Just like Rampage, Ortiz also made the move to TNA Wrestling’s Impact.

The hot internet rumor just a few short days ago had Bellator putting Rampage up against Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match on pay-per-view opposite the UFC’s year-end extravaganza that features Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II and Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II.

That smokescreen cleared on Wednesday night, however, when Ortiz made a surprise appearance at Bellator 97 on Spike TV with the promotion revealing that Rampage and Ortiz would be the ones fighting in Bellator’s first pay-per-view main event, and that it would happen on Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.

Ortiz followed that surprise appearance with a repeat performance on Thursday night’s episode of Impact, the professional wrestling program that served as lead-in programming to Bellator’s first season on Spike.

Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz have always presented themselves in the MMA world with a professional wrestling sort of persona. It only makes sense that each would find his way into the Bellator cage hand in hand with Impact, affording a tremendous amount of crossover promotional opportunities to beef up Bellator’s inaugural PPV event.

Rampage vs. Tito takes place on Nov. 2 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, Calif.

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  • David Huenecke

    Im a fan of both mma and pro wrestling so I think its kinda cool. His surprise debut was somewhat underwhelming as it seems no one knew who he was; it was pretty quiet when he came out.

    • Mike mckinney

      The fans probably knew who he was. They just care about seeing Tito as much as mma fans do.

      • shakejunt


  • wow

    so….why were the other actors scared when Tito was making constipated faces?

  • Mike mckinney

    That’s the best interview Tito’s ever done. I hope if he’s on the show often he’s in this form…

  • Darin

    Good job, Tito. Let’s blur the lines between real martial artists and fake hillbilly wrasslin’. Just go away Tito and stop ruining MMA.

  • Not the first time Tito has been on TNA. When the promotion started out years ago he did spots.

  • fsunoles10

    haha im sorry but this is so f’ing corny.

  • octawhat

    MMA guys turning up on pro wrestling shows… This is such a great idea, i’m amazed no one has tried it before?!

    Well, it has been attempted before and it’s been an epic failure…

    New Japan Pro Wrestling tried this concept in the late 90’s/early 2000’s when Pride was in its heyday. They brought in MMA fighters (Sakuraba & co) to ‘fight’ Pro-Wrestlers in terrible wrestling matches (because you can’t teach a person how to wrestle overnight).

    In-turn, NJPW sent pro-wrestlers to get slaughtered by the likes of Cro-Cop & Fedor. What did this do for either company?

    Albsolutely nothing, and the cross promotion almost caused NJPW to financially collapse due to fans turning off from a substandard product.

    We won’t even attempt to broach the subject of Ken Shamrocks tenure in the WWF… er. WWE, whatever it’s called now after the pandas lost their minds and threatened to sue.

    Anyway, I don’t want to see bad theatricals in MMA, just like I don’t want to see poorly executed maneuvers in pro wrestling.

    Keep the two entities apart.

  • Isaac

    That was stupid

  • Collideoverme

    Why was nobody complaining when Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock did the same? Let the guys make some money. You would all do the same if the money and opportunity presented itself.

    • bajafox

      Best comment yet. I think most people on here would rather take in those Obama dollars than go out and try to support themselves. 21.6 million people from ages 18-31 still live with their parents. No doubt some of them post here

      • shakejunt

        has nothing to do with the housing bubble and instability of fiat currency, right?

        • bajafox

          Nobody forced morons to buy houses they couldn’t afford.

          • Mike mckinney

            I’m curious to something. If you loaned me $5000, and it seemed pretty obvious I couldn’t pay you back. Who would you consider more the moron, you, or me?

          • bajafox

            Considering I am getting bailed out by the federal government, you.

          • shakejunt

            you’re clueless and anyone who posts on this site knows so.

      • Guest

        Well considering I have my own 4500 Sq ft house, without my mom, I think I worked for it.

    • Gary Fredericks

      I was.

    • MMA dude


  • DamianCross

    In b4 the Jenna Jameson return angle

  • Chad Cooper

    “Pro” wrestling is absolute garbage. Only the ignorant, inbred, and/or brain dead could watch that crap. How in the world fans of MMA can also watch that s*** amazes me. I wish that crap would die already, so I wouldn’t have to see a single article, tweet, blurb or fart about it ever again.

  • onehitwonder

    i can’t believe i just watched that.

  • Ron Wheeler

    Stupid and cheesy ham-acting. But – I don’t mind them making a living as long as they don’t try to blur the lines between wrestling and MMA. One is scripted entertainment, the other is (mostly, promoter bias aside – Dana) sport.


    I’m surprised that TNA has enough room for Rampage and Tito’s fat heads, let alone, their ego’s!