Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Signs With Spike TV, Bellator & TNA Wrestling

Former UFC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has signed a multi-year contract with Spike TV, Bellator MMA and TNA Wrestling.  Here’s the official press release:

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON JOINS FORCES WITH BELLATOR MMA, TNA WRESTLING AND SPIKE TV FOR LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP

Los Angeles, CA – June 4, 2013 – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Spike TV, Bellator MMA, and TNA Wrestling it was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President.

The landmark partnership includes Jackson competing in Bellator MMA, along with joining the superstars of TNA’s “Impact Wrestling,” which includes fellow Bellator fighter “King Mo” Lawal.

Spike TV will also create a special reality series featuring Rampage that will lead into his debut with Bellator, along with other entertainment initiatives.

“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”

“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said Carter. “He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company,”

“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. “Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”

Jackson (32-11) joins Bellator as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo,” Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.
The charismatic fighter from Memphis, TN began his professional MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson among others.

Jackson starred in the 2010 blockbuster film, “The A-Team,” as “B.A. Baracus,” the character made famous by Mr. T in the television series. Jackson’s other film credits include “Confessions of a Pit Fighter,” “Fire With Fire,” “Never Surrender,” and “Miss March.”

More information regarding this signing will be made available at Wednesday’s press conference. Details on the press conference will be released shortly.

While I can’t confirm, this appears to be the “big free agent signing” that Dixie Carter has been teasing. The following is from her Twitter account:

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  • Stevie Klaus

    yawn

  • Hardy

    Well I’m glad I didn’t get my hopes up :) Dixie always hypes very minor things, would of preferred Morrison and maybe even with melina. Hell I would of preferred it to be RVD even.

  • Jesse Sherwood

    So this is the “BIG” free agent? A guy who got canned by the UFC? As us usual, Dixie overestimated what constitutes big to us wrestling fans.

  • Joe

    Lol

  • PD

    TNA signs MMA legend and movie star. Users say not a big deal. Wow.

    • Jesse Sherwood

      Honestly, it isn’t for me, as I am not a fan of his MMA work. He did well in The A Team, but those past successes do not translate into a successful pro wrestling career. I will wait to see his ring work, but until then this is Dixie yet again overhyping something she thinks is a big deal to Wrestling fans.

    • Stephen

      Movie star?? He was in one movie and it was a terrible reboot. There’s no way you can call him a movie star

      • Stephen

        I will say tho, He does have a ton of charisma and a big personality. If he can pick up the training then he could be pretty good.

  • Lindsay

    Good for them to get some mainstream media attention. Anybody know if Rampage did double duty and wrestled in Japan during his Pride days?

  • Nostaljack

    Okay, I concede that I was wrong. Hopefully, others will be honest and do the same. This is kind of a good deal. If nothing else, this is a pretty good promotional tactic within the sports world and I can see why TNA went this way. Let’s hope it pays off for them in some way. King Mo has yet to do so.

    • Xavier

      Agreed, Rampage will bring some main stream exposure into TNA if nothing else, and for people who are shitting on this let’s not forget that McMahon signed Tyson and that provided some great moments for the WWE in the early stages of the attitude era. I’m not a fan of TNA at all and haven’t watched in a very long time but I’m interested too see how Rampage makes the adjustment into pro wrestling.

  • Hercules Rockerfeller

    I always saw Rampage more of a sports entertainer than a real fighter anyway because he talked shit to Rashad and Rashad whooped his ass! With that said, Rampage has the look, he has the charisma and he has that marketable look to make TNA some money so I’m looking forward to this.

  • Yappey

    Guys a bum.

  • Chris

    I don’t see this going well. I AM an MMA fan, and Rampage IS a character, but I don’t think he can translate to a wrestling ring. We’ll see. Good luck.

    • Xavier

      Just think Tyson in the WWE. While Mike wasn’t used to wrestle he still provided for some great TV moments for the WWE during the early stages of the attitude era. I think that’s what Dixie/TNA are hoping for.

      • Chris

        One big thing with Tyson though, we know he’s a MASSIVE wrestling fan and student of the game. Not sure Rampage is as passionate about the business.

        • Xavier

          Very valid point. It will be interesting though, I haven’t watched TNA in a very long time but this did succeed in getting me to tune in. Rampage does have a lot of natural charisma though and has never been shy about speaking in front of a mic so he does have that going for him atleast and that is half the battle in wrestling.

  • Jeremy

    Some of you are comparing Rampage to Tyson. Rampage isn’t even on Tyson’s level. This is a big disappointment if this was the big free agent signing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/akacamel8806 Sam A. Melara

    this is the big free agent? gotta say that as far as current mma guys who could be wrestlers he would not be my first choice