Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this week signed a multi-faceted, multi-year deal with Bellator MMA, TNA’s Impact Wrestling, and Spike TV. The deal encompasses competing in mixed martial arts, pro wrestling, movies, and other media opportunities.
Rampage, who is still recovering from a knee injury, won’t likely set foot in the Bellator cage until this fall, but wasted no time making hi sway to Impact.
He debuted on Thursday night’s edition of Impact Wrestling on Spike TV.
Rampage took part in a brief interview before former Olympic wrestler and current TNA superstar Kurt Angle took to the ring to get in Rampage’s face. Both men mean-mugged it in an effort reminiscent of his classic Pride FC staredowns with Wanderlei Silva.
The learning curve for pro wrestling isn’t a small one, so it’s likely that Rampage will spend a considerable amount of time in a developmental program before actually competing in a match. But when he does finally make it to the ring on Impact, it looks like Kurt Angle may be waiting to welcome him.
Rampage is also currently in talks with Paramount Pictures – a company that is owned by Viacom, the owner of Bellator and Spike TV – to develop a script and movie role. That was another key selling point in his decision to sign the new deal after having spent the majority of his MMA career in Pride and the UFC.