WWE Rumors: Signing Tito Ortiz Is a Risk WWE Must Take
WWE is not above taking chances to try to move ratings, even if it is just temporarily. One interesting name that claims to have serious interesting in a shift to professional wrestling is current UFC star Tito Ortiz.
In an interview with ESPN UK, Ortiz stated that he saw what his former UFC colleague Brock Lesnar did by going back to WWE. He says he could see himself doing that after his mixed martial arts career is over.
I may have another one (fight, after his bout with Forrest Griffin in June)... you never know. But I've got a lot of options. I've seen Brock Lesnar go back to the WWE, that's something I may entertain, do some 'theatrical entertainment' as they call it.
Aside from the fact that Ortiz isn't aware that the WWE actually refers to itself as "sports entertainment," there isn't a lot for the company to lose by giving the former UFC light heavyweight champion a contract to perform.
It shouldn't be a long-term contract—just a few dates here and there to build up to a pay-per-view match. What does the WWE really have to lose at this point?
Would Tito Ortiz Be A Good Fit In WWE?
Ortiz has a wrestling background, but he would have to learn how to work a WWE-style match and not try to use his current style to make it work with a professional wrestling audience.
Even if Ortiz is a powderkeg that can go off at any minute, the WWE is not above taking performers who are difficult to work with if it means any kind of financial reward.
Plus, imagine what would happen if the WWE were to put Ortiz in the ring with Lesnar later this year? Two of the biggest stars in the history of the UFC getting a chance to shine on a professional wrestling stage would be a cool story to tell.
Ortiz knows how to cut promos and sell a fight, and the WWE needs more charismatic stars who have a unique voice.
No one is saying Ortiz would be a long-term solution for the company, but as a short-term character who works one or two pay-per-view matches, is he really going to hurt?
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