When I first heard the news, one of the first questions that sprung into my mind was, “How will Quinton do as a pro wrestler?” Now this is an interesting topic as we have never seen Rampage compete in the world of pro wrestling before. Jackson’s deal sounds similar to the agreement that “King Mo” Lawal has with Bellator and TNA, but with more perks i.e. the reality TV show.
Not so long ago Pro MMA Now’s very own Dan “The Wolfman” Theodore interviewed King Mo and asked him if he would be open to the idea of facing Rampage in TNA and his response was “If it’s a possibility, yeah!” Earlier in the year, Dan also spoke with Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney about the possibility of a TNA match-up between the two men and he seemed to think it was a good idea, so I would not be surprised if we actually see it happen.
Many of you will be familiar with the chain that Quinton wears around his neck, which bares an uncanny resemblance to the chain that professional wrestler Sylvester Ritter (also know as “Junkyard Dog”) used to wear while working for the World Wrestling Federation. He was also known for his dog-like antics, which are similar to Jackson’s signature howl.
There is no doubting that Jackson has the personality to become a star in TNA, but will his body be able to endure the athletic demands of professional wrestling and allow him to perform the high-risk moves that fans pay to see? It would be a shame for Rampage to become one of those guys that delivers all of the smack talk, but only comes up with a lackluster performance in the ring.
With that said, some of the biggest names in pro wrestling were great talkers, for example Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and Ric Flair were all some of the best speakers in sports entertainment. It is an important part of promotion and fight hype, which gets the fans interested and ultimately creates stars.
I am interested to see how and if Rampage can make a successful transition into pro wrestling. The 34-year-old Jackson is entering the final stages of his MMA career, so TNA could definitely provide him with a way to remain active within the sports entertainment business. Only time will tell how far his Bellator MMA campaign will go, but I am excited to see Quinton back in action.
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