By Sean Ross Sapp
Big news this week, as it was revealed Bellator 106 headliner, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz had fractured his neck and would be forced out of his planned bout against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
In light of this situation, Bellator and Spike executives announced via an emergency conference call that the planned PPV would now air free on Spike. Bjorn Rebney insisted that Bellator did plan on doing pay-per-view in the future.
Tito Ortiz, who has a long history of neck injuries reportedly wanted to move forward. Bjorn Rebney, reported however, Ortiz’s doctors notified him that a slam could lead to paralysis. There is no word on how the injury would affect his TNA wrestling career
Rebney said he had spoken to Light Heavyweight Champion Atilla Vegh about stepping in as a replacement against Jackson, but ultimately didn’t happen.
Rebney also said they hope for Jackson to fight ‘ASAP’, specifying that in a perfect world, it would happen on Spike prior to Thanksgiving. Jackson’s Spike reality series ‘Rampage4Real’ is now listed as ‘TBD’ for its last episode.
Spike President Kevin Kay said the pay-per-view providers were fine with the decision to move the event to cable, and didn’t stand to take a financial hit by doing so.
TNA Wrestling’s King Mo Lawal looks to avenge his loss against Emanuel Newton in an Interim Light Heavyweight Title fight on the card, as well.
Everyone who purchased the PPV will receive a full refund, and the main card will air on Spike, Saturday, November 2nd at 9 pm.
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