Dixie Carter Discusses Recent TNA Releases, Criticism For Signing MMA Fighters & More

Dixie Carter recently spoke with The Ministry of Slam. Here are some highlights from the interview.

On signing MMA Fighters such as Quinton Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz: “I’ve gotten criticism for bringing these guys in but when you’re looking for talent and there’s only two teams, where do you go to get your star players from? You’re going to mostly look to each other and then every once in a while, you’ve got to build your own talent which takes a lot of time.

So here are two guys that are major superstars. Both come from wrestling backgrounds, and both are training their butts off right now to be in the ring. I think it’s a great way of trying to find some superstar talent and not having to take so many years to try to grow somebody’s stardom. Both of these guys are so well-known and they love professional wrestling. They’re committed and they’re training, and I’m excited for people to see their potential. I think it’s a great way of looking for new talent, and talent that have never been seen before in our world.”

On the recent wave of releases from the company: “Well, I think the fact that you let talent go is not any indication whatsoever of any problems. I think part of our problem is that we didn’t turn the roster often enough. We only have one show so if we don’t have people on the show all the time. we are not in the position to have them sitting at home and being paid and not working. I think we have to get some more programming.

We have to be able to do that to where we can shift and make talent appear fresh, but going to another show versus sitting people at home. I think it’s been a long time coming. I know that our competitor lets people go constantly. We had not done it in a long time, and I think because we had not done it in a long time, that it raised some eyebrows.

It’s time for us to bring in some new faces, and we’ve got some exciting faces that will be appearing in the next several months. It’ll freshen things up somewhat. It’ll freshen up the people who are still on the roster and it’ll give the fans new and unique matches that they’ve never seen before. Like always, I’m sure some of the people that are no longer with us will return at some point – I’m hopeful for that. I think it’s a good healthy state of where we’re going and how we need to grow.”

On the Maximum Impact 2014 Tour: “I’m so excited. You know the Hydro had some excitement with the fire and everything. I’m thrilled to be able to say we are on schedule and we are going to have this show. The ticket sales are going great. This will be by far one of our largest UK shows, and by far our biggest Glasgow show. I know there are people coming in from all over Europe and even some from the United States to see this show. It’s going to be a very exciting night.”

On Bully Ray and Aces & Eights: “Bully Ray in my opinion has really stepped up and become a formidable singles champion. He’s done outstanding work. A lot of the young guys have come along under the Aces & Eights banner very quickly. I love the reformation of the Main Event Mafia; I love the younger members in there stepping up to represent our company. I think there’s going to be some interesting TV in the coming weeks.”

  • Jr

    “Well, I think the fact that you let talent go is not any indication whatsoever of any problems.” Riiight (eyes rolling). We believe you Dixie (sarcasm).

  • Chelsii?

    Stay away from here Dixie.

  • Aaron

    Dixie is delusional!

  • Devon

    Dixie is a super hot milf. But she is a stupid idiotic cunt

    • Jay Ess

      Whao…That last part is pretty harsh, no?

      • Tsall13

        Probably should of used a different word to refer to her lack of wrestling business knowledge… but yes she doesn’t belong in this business what so ever and Hogan has publicly stated that numerous times… but you can’t tell woman anything especially ones that are delusional to their own failures in life… and trust me this one will haunt her forever once she has to sign the company over to Vince after daddy cuts off her accounts…

  • Aaron

    How is releasing so much young talent a good business practice? TNA has ignored the future of TNA to keep Hogan and Bischoff. The X-Division which use to be the heart and soul of TNA is basically non-existent now. Don’t even get me started on the Knockouts, the division is so small they have recycled the same Knockout/ref storyline twice in the same year.

    • Mike Smith

      That’s what I’ve never understood about the shift with TNA. They had three areas where they were better than any other company, Tag teams, X division, and women’s wrestling and the gutted each of those divisions. Doesn’t make any sense to my capitalize on your strengths

  • Trey Doss

    triple h would say this is not what is best for buisness

  • Macho Man

    The more I hear Dixie Carter talk the more I realize she has absolutely no idea what is going on within TNA!

  • Alejandro

    How I feel when Dixie, Hogan and Bischoff talk about TNA…


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