It felt like 2002. In 2002 there was a new wrestling promotion called Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling. TNA. It was started by Jerry Jarrett along with his son Jeff Jarrett. Their idea was to run weekly PPVs for about $10 each. I never felt compelled to watch. One time I decided to try it and I fell asleep during the show. I think that was the last episode of TNA television I ever watched.
I’ve known of Bellator for years but never really felt like watching. I just re-upped my susbcription the other day for DAZN. DAZN is the sports streaming service that carries NFL Sunday Ticket, Red Zone, MLS Live, UEFA Champions League, Europa, La Liga, Ligue One, etc. I decided to see what Bellator on DAZN had to offer.
Unfortunately, much like TNA, it was underwhelming but this time I didn’t fall asleep during the show. I missed the first match between Valerie Loureda and Colby Fletcher. It turned out to be the one bout that didn’t go to a judges decision.
The main event was supposed to have fireworks, but instead it was like someone wetted their fingers and pinched the end of the match-stick. Paul Daley attempted to wrestle his way to a decision over Michael Venom Page. It didn’t work out. Somehow Michael Venom Page did just enough to earn a unanimous decision and a date with Douglas Lima in the semi-finals of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament.
Putting aside the general boringness of the fights, DAZN had issues where the stream lagged significantly. There was one point where I could hear Mauro and Big John calling the fight, but the video I was seeing on the screen was one of the prelims from earlier on. I have no idea how the production truck pulled that off, but it was terrible.
This was not a show that if you were tuning in for the first time would’ve given you a positive impression of Bellator, or really even of DAZN. Its too bad. Typically you only get one chance to make a good first impression.