Bellator is slowly but surely becoming Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. For those that don’t watch wrestling, TNA is the off brand to WWE. They get solid ratings but don’t really compete with WWE at all. Just like Bellator ticket sales wise? They don’t do very well. But they are doing respectable ratings the entire time, nothing crazy but nothing to really put themselves in WWE’s reach. When TNA started they had a lot that separated them from WWE, they had the X-Division that often times stole the show. That division has long since faded out, replaced by what? Old WWE wrestlers, whom were brought in for name value that at this point are so broken down that they aren’t really usable. Soon they went from being a homegrown company to being a bad cast of old dudes and those guys that deserved to be the stars? The guys that stole the show were replaced by guys that had big names, big contracts, and lacked the talent they once had. Case in point Bellator you bring in guys like Rampage, Tito both guys aren’t what they once were but they are still talented enough and big enough that they hold some value. But now what is Bellator doing they are signing guys like: - Houston Alexander - James Thompson - Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - Phil Baroni - Karo Parisyan - James Irvin And they are even thinking about grasping at straws to bring back what’s left off James Toney for a quick buck. And as a fan I have some desires to see these fights truth be told. It’s like a train wreck you can’t keep your eyes off of but the bad news is that while this train wreck is happening you are missing the chance to push some guys that could use it. And there in lies the problem because the show tomorrow all we can talk about is the fact that Thompson and Prindle are on the Main Card, Soko included. Slowly but surely the things that set Bellator apart from the UFC such as the tournaments are now being done away with. Rampage may not fight for the belt and take on Toney or Tito instead. Chandler, Alvarez, Brooks, and then Straus, Curran, and such are no longer fighting their way back to the belts anymore either. And instead of seeing prospects come up we are seeing guys like James Irvin taking up spots instead. Right now it may not be a huge problem; it’s just a few fights here and there. But TNA eventually became a joke and the guys that were at one time big were muscled out in favor of the big contract stars that brought some name value and where is this company now? They are damn near dead on life support. And after all that has happened they have basically become a joke. One Thompson/Prindle fight here and there is fine, one Toney/Rampage fight to get some PPV buys, ok. But when they start to add up and the company becomes more known for fossils then actual talent, things start to suffer and here we are on SpikeTV the exact same channel and how quickly they are falling into the same trap. The real talented fighters are no longer getting the spotlight. The tournaments are becoming weaker and weaker. Bellator is walking down a thin rope and these types of fights are good in small doses. But when shows start to become more “what in the world is going to happen” then “this is going to be awesome” things are going to fall apart. Some may like these things but the more they happen, the more it’s going to hurt them in the long haul. Sooner or later Bellator becomes TNA and they have lasted a long time but never did they seriously contend and they are now on life support. I hope that’s not the road we are heading with Bellator.