Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Wrestling Observer Newsletter founder and editor Dave Meltzer.
With Bellator's eighth season kickoff slated for Thursday in Irvine, Calif., Breen and Meltzer discuss the season's potential and importance for the company, now owned by Viacom and broadcasting live on Spike. The two delve into what kind of ratings can be expected, the role pro-wrestling organization TNA will play as a lead-in for the first live event on Spike, the configuration of the live card and Bellator's struggle to make television stars in the MMA game.
The pair discuss the signing and promotion of Muhammed Lawal, his stint in TNA and the shortcomings of the idea, why Josh Barnett might be the best candidate for a simultaneous Bellator-TNA fighting-wrestling star and the negative ramifications of Bellator's negotiations with Eddie Alvarez.
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