Posted by BlueSkiesBurn
Anybody declaring war on the WWE is either stupid or loony. I have no idea what the WWE has to do with MMA, I guess DREAM could be pissed that Brock is a champ and he was a WWE superstar. Maybe they don't like Lashley fighting at HW, maybe it's Batista, who knows?
From an American perspective, it seems odd that the Japanese would include WWE in its statement.
But MMA in Japan is directly related to Pro Wrestling. MMA there grew organically from its Shoot matches in Pro Wrestling, and almost all of the first generation of Japanese stars gained their popularity in Pro Wrestling and the connection goes back even further than that. Long before there was even a concept of MMA, the wrestler Inoki fought Ali. Japanese MMA has always had a strong element of Pro Wrestling in it, and for it to be successful in the future they will need to continue that tradition.
The major driving forces behind Japanese MMA fandom are Pro Wrestling, traditional style clashes such as jits v. judo, and some good old fashion racism.
To an American audience, it makes no sense. To the Japanese, it makes all the sense in the world.