Taking that into account, Carter believes Jackson’s turnaround time can be fairly quick.
“He is going to start right away,” Carter said. “He will be appearing on our show, but his training -- whether it be at OVW [Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville] or [at his training camp] in [Southern] California where he will be set up with a training team -- he will be committed to that. He will be in, I would expect, much sooner than later.”
Jackson, portraying Mr. T’s character BA Baracus, co-starred in the “A-Team” movie, released in June 2010. For the diverse entertainer and as a wrestling fan growing up, being a part of TNA as a performer is a dream come true. He is excited to meet everyone in the locker room, some of whom were his idols as a child.
“I’m from Memphis and used to watch pro wrestling with my dad and older brother,” Jackson said. “We used to go down to Monday night wrestling at the coliseum. I used to wake up on Saturdays [to watch]. My brother used to write to the channel 5 news station to get free tickets. I’ve actually been to some of the shows. In fact, I knew The Undertaker when he was the Master of Pain. Growing up he was one of my favorite pro wrestlers. He had the craziest move that I’m going to try and do in pro wrestling. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it. Undertaker is a big, scary man. He is tall, and as a kid I used to watch him. Jerry Lawler is from there. I remember Jeff Jarrett when I was a kid, and I’ve always been a big Hulk Hogan fan.”
Jackson added: “I was the Ultimate Warrior two years in a row on Halloween if you can imagine that. I used to bench press my friends when I was a kid. I was bigger than everybody. I can’t wait to go into pro wrestling…”
Quinton Rampage Jackson makes his first appearance on TNA Impact Wrestling 9 p.m. EST Thursday, June 6 on Spike TV. TNA is returning to the 9 p.m. EST timeslot for its two-hour flagship program.
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