Dixie Carter teased last week that TNA had signed a “BIG” free agent that would “rock” Impact Wrestling, which had many guessing it was Batista, MVP, or another former WWE performer who was ready to step back into the United States spotlight. Both of those men and several others denied being the free agent and, in typical TNA fashion, the actual signing was a letdown.
MMA Fighting is reporting that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has signed a “King Mo” deal, agreeing to fight with Bellator MMA and also appear on TNA programming.
The acquisition of Jackson on its own would be just fine, as Rampage has appeared on WWE television before and is a big wrestling fan. When TNA teases something being a big deal and then doesn’t deliver, as they have time and time again, it leaves fans with a bad taste in their mouths and also makes Dixie Carter look like the girl who cried wolf.
TNA Impact Wrestling airs live tonight from Corpus Christi, Texas, featuring a heavy slate of action.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez challenge Bobby Roode and Austin Aries for the Tag Team Championships in a 2-out-of-3 falls match, and if Chavo and Hernandez lose they can never tag team in TNA again. Taryn Terrell will make her in-ring debut against Gail Kim, AJ Styles will pledge his allegiance to either Aces & Eights or TNA, and Jeff Hardy challenges Bully Ray for the TNA Heavyweight Championship in a Full Metal Mayhem match.
The live episodes of Impact from outside the Impact Zone have been great so far. The crowds are much more into the action and it’s created a whole new atmosphere for TNA. Tonight’s episode, at least on paper, looks to be a good one.
Image courtesy ImpactWrestling.com
Impact Wrestling has announced a partnership with MDI Entertainment to offer Impact Wrestling branded lottery games. Aside from basic scratch and win cash games, TNA will also work with MDI to create second chance offerings in which players can win merchandise and trips to TNA tapings and pay-per-views.
MDI Entertainment, LLC, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS), has signed an agreement with TNA Entertainment, LLC, dba IMPACT WRESTLING, to offer lotteries branded instant games featuring some of the biggest names and most recognizable imagery in professional wrestling today. The agreement makes the names and likenesses of more than a dozen wrestling superstars, as well as the logos, marks and artwork of IMPACT WRESTLING, available to lotteries worldwide. Stars like Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Matt Morgan and Bobby Roode are included, and can be used on instant tickets and promotional materials, as well as in television and radio commercials. They also are available for personal appearances and public service announcements to promote the good causes lottery games support.
The deal is a smart one for TNA, whatever your feelings on lotto games may be. It will increase the visibility of the Impact Wrestling product and its stars, and presumably is a profitable agreement for TNA.