Seal, I agree that the marketing of the product is very similar as it is with other products. Pro Wrestling builds story lines based on false information whereas MMA takes realism and exploits it. Very similar and I would expect nothing other as they are trying to get to a similar audience. However the discussion was regards to your statement:
Remember, MMA is essentially pro wrestling with shoot fights. As much as MMA purists can't stand to hear it, it's the truth.
I think this is why I and others have our arms up in dismay. Marketing being similar, the actual product is different. Some similarities with athletes in great shape having skills to submit an opponent but the means and realism are what separate them. Yes they are both entertainment and why the marketing would be similar but the product is different.