Adam "Pacman" Jones and the Cincinnati Bengals are having an excellent season thus far as they sit atop the NFL's AFC North with a record of 6-3. The polarizing defensive back made an impact in another sport Thursday night as he made his return to TNA Impact Wrestling.
Thursday's TNA event took place at Cincinnati Gardens. One episode of Impact aired live on Spike TV while another was taped for next week. Jones was seated in the front row with Bengals teammate DeQuin Evans, and it didn't take long for them to become part of the show.
After a brawl between Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode was broken up, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian of Bad Influence began to taunt the players. They eventually pushed both Jones and Evans, which prompted them to jump the rail.
Daniels and Kazarian each attempted to execute suplexes, but Jones and Evans countered with bodyslams, then posed and celebrated in front of the hometown fans.
Jones is no stranger to professional wrestling as he made appearances for TNA while he was suspended from the NFL for off-field violations in 2007.
Although Jones wasn't allowed to wrestle during his time with the company due to limitations within his NFL contract, Jones formed a tag team known as Team Pacman with Ron Killings, who is now known as R-Truth in WWE.
Jones and Killings won the TNA Tag Team Championships without Jones ever having to step into the ring. Consequences Creed, who is now known as Xavier Woods in WWE's NXT developmental program, eventually joined the group and wrestled in place of Jones until his contract expired.
There was a great deal of buzz heading into Thursday's episode of Impact because TNA owner Dixie Carter revealed that a "former world titleholder" would be returning.
It was ultimately revealed that the "former world titleholder" was Jones. While Cincinnati-based fans seemed to enjoy Pacman's cameo, it was largely hailed as a disappointment by most since tag team champions generally aren't referred to as world champions.
Nevertheless, it helped TNA get more mainstream exposure than it is used to, so Carter has to be fairly happy with the results.
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