Pacman Makes TNA Wrestling Debut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones used words like misunderstood, gamebreaker, risk-taker and redemption Thursday night in his first appearance under his new wrestling contract.

He didn't mention suspension.

The only NFL player suspended for the 2007 season by commissioner Roger Goodell made his wrestling debut on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's weekly show "iMPACT!" on Spike TV, and the five-year-old company teased Jones' appearance early and often.

All of the hourlong show was prerecorded, including Jones' own appearance. Only four minutes in, they called Jones "the most controversial figure in sports." Jones, whose suspension isn't scheduled for review until after Nov. 19, showed up in a video tease six minutes later.

"You don't know me ... Nobody knows me ... misunderstood. Nobody knows who I am. A player, a gamebreaker, a risk-taker, a man," Jones said in the background while he was shown posing and shadow-boxing in a darkened wrestling ring.

"I am just me. Pacman is coming to 'Hard Justice.' Pacman is coming to TNA," he said.

The "Hard Justice" pay-per-view on Sunday night will be televised live from Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. That's when TNA said Jones will "reveal all details of his career on TNA."

TNA replayed the Jones' video 30 minutes later after announcers talked about media credential requests coming in from around the world to cover the event.

TNA offered Jones a contract, promising help rehabilitating his image while barred from working at his day job in the NFL. The show offered Jones and TNA better control of the emotional cornerback than a TV appearance teasing his wrestling foray earlier Thursday.

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