TNA Wrestling president Dixie Carter is aghast at recent comments made by Vince McMahon. Dixie couldn’t comprehend the idea that Vince feels that his roster has no ambition. According to Carter, that isn’t a problem in TNA Wrestling.
Dixie continues to give plenty of fodder to bloggers and critics with her media appearances. A seasoned public relations veteran, Dixie continues to paint herself as a disillusioned pro wrestling promoter that is either completely out of touch or afraid to come to terms with the reality of her company. A recent interview with the Mirror was no exception.
[adinserter block=”1″]Carter gave the Mirror an incredibly lengthy interview. I’d recommend checking out the entire article because it is certainly more of a glimpse into her mentality than anything else you’ll get from her or a podcast. One of the highlights was when asked about recent comments Vince made about his roster lacking ambition on the Stone Cold podcast.
“I can’t even comprehend that statement. It doesn’t sit with our group.
“My own roster’s completely different than that. I don’t have a complaint about anybody on my roster.
“The young guys are just as hungry … the young guys from 10 years ago are now the Bobby Roodes, Samoa Joes, James Storms. My main eventers, who were brand new young talent from 10 to 12 years ago, I’m proud of how far they’ve come.
“This young group of talent we have right now, they’re the hardest working, most positive team players around.”
I will say this about Carter. I would probably prefer to work for an owner who comes out and publicly supports her roster as opposed to an owner who shows no faith publicly or privately in his own. I am sure the TNA roster was happy to read their fearless leader talk so proudly about her group.
Unfortunately Dixie had her usual disillusions during the interview. Carter was asked about the criticism by some that TNA continue to promote WWE cast-offs. Her answer is well, probably not that well thought out.
“For so many years, I’ve caught so much negative flack, people saying that all we do is hire WWE people. The truth of the matter is, if you look at the WWE roster of late, they’re full of TNA talent even if that means a Sting, Hulk Hogan or a Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair. That’s a passé complaint.
“When you only have two leagues there’s only so many talent that you can find that are on a worldwide level. I think the tide has turned and WWE is taking our talent of late, not the reverse of that. It’s just the way it’s been.”
What a dumb comment. For starters, none of those people mentioned are even wrestling in the WWE. Number two, none of these guys walked into the WWE and were immediately given main-event spots. As a matter of a fact, all of those names are simply bit players at this point. It’s a ridiculous comparison, especially considering that none of these talents originated in TNA.
Carter continues to insist that the move to Destination America is not only positive, but it was their call. That conflicts with numerous reports that indicated Spike TV felt that TNA had peaked and passed on the product. However, in the world of Dixie it was TNA who thought it was a better move to go to Friday nights on Destination America as opposed to staying on Spike TV.
[adinserter block=”2″]”Any time there’s change, you get outside your comfort zone and I think that’s where TNA needs to be – outside its comfort zone,” she says confidently. “We needed to make changes and that’s what Kevin Kay at Spike and I talked about at the beginning of the year; I did not want status quo, I wanted change.
“When you see where we’re going today [with Destination America], we’ve already announced repeats and different versions of our show, that’s what we needed and that’s what I would not settle for less than in these negotiations.”
The idea that she drove this train is simply ridiculous. Reports indicate that the budget has been cut, plus TNA will be seen in less homes on a worse night. Dixie continues to insist that they will be a flagship program, yet no network has their flagship program on Friday nights. It is pure madness to believe anything else.
I’d recommend reading the whole interview to get more perspective from Dixie on her new television home as well as some interesting thoughts on the Knockouts division. Regardless of whether the B.S. meter is running high in the red.