So much for Adam “Pacman” Jones being told he can’t step in a wrestling ring. The suspended Titans cornerback is going to do just that Thursday night for TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) on the Spike TV Network. Jones has signed a contract with TNA, and according to The Tennessean, will possibly wrestle his first match at the companies next PPV – No Surrender, September 9th in Orlando.
The ironic part about that date is that would have been the date Jones would have taken the field for the first time if he was not suspended, as it’s the Titans opener vs Jaguars in Jacksonville. Instead, he’ll be a few miles away taking part in the wrestling event. “I think wrestling is a great sport,” he said in the Monday paper. “You don’t really give (wrestling) much (credit) until you get in (the ring) and try it.” Plus, “it will help get my mind off a lot of stuff that I’m going through. It’s sort of a way to relieve some stress.”
There has been talk about Jones violating his contract should he get involved in some sort of match, but one loop hole could be if he does not actually wrestle, and instead takes on the role of a manager or special ringside enforcer, which has been done plenty of times in the past with celebs like Mike Tyson, Chuck Norris, and others. NFL Commish Roger Goodell was asked about Jones being in TNA when he was at the Titans training camp over the weekend. “I haven’t focused on that,” he said. “He’s going to have to determine what’s in his best interest in the short term.”
The attorney for Jones said that he expects TNA to make the announcement today about Jones being part of the promotion. Jones was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on April 10 for an accumulation of off-the-field incidents.