Jerry Jarrett Says TNA Focusing On Ex-WWE Talents Is A Mistake, Talks Dixie Carter & TNA's Future - Wrestle Newz twitter google

Jerry Jarrett Says TNA Focusing On Ex-WWE Talents Is A Mistake, Talks Dixie Carter & TNA’s Future

Inside The Ropes have launched a VIP service this week and one of their new shows is Lets Get Creative where they talk to wrestling bookers and writers. In the debut show, they spoke to Memphis promoter and TNA Founder, Jerry Jarrett. Here’s a portion of what Jerry had to say about TNA:

On Dixie’s non-wrestling background and how that effects her running a wrestling company: “You’ve got to have an unabiding respect for the business or it’s impossible to be successful. When I was in the wrestling business, me and the wrestling business were intertwined. I ate it, slept it, dreamt it. The wrestling business was my mistress. Dixie saw her first match after she had ownership, I think and I know for a fact she has little regard for the tradition or the history of the business. So, if you don’t know what brought you to the dance, how are you supposed to learn from it and build on it. After all this years, it’s pretty obvious that I’m right. TNA today is as closed to being a non factor in the business as you can get.”

Thoughts on TNA’s focus on ex-WWE talents: “That’s one of the mistakes they made. They can’t seem to get past the fact that when you bring in guys that WWE has let go, fans are going to see them as yesterday’s soup. But of course you have to have someone who knows how to cultivate and create talent otherwise you have no choice but to use whoever’s available, thats named talent. It’s pretty obvious that they don’t have anybody that knows how to create talent. I’m guessing, because I haven’t seen the show in 2-3 years, but I’m sure there’s talent there that could be superstars. Truth, Ron Killings was in TNA and then you saw when he went to WWE how Vince made him into a superstar. In the wrestling business, it’s really not any secret, it’s understanding that if you’re making a movie. what are the ingredients you need? A compelling storyline, a great producer/director and great talent. You mix those ingredients and you get great cinema. But if you take this great star or talent and put him in a stinking movie with a stinking producer director, what do you get? and the wrestling business is a dance between the promoter or booker or writer and the talent. They have to be on the same page and they both have to be good.”

TNA’s future: “I am amazed, because when I was there, Bob Carter called me at least two to three times a week and said “I can’t lose any more money, Jerry” and I said, “You’re needing to talk to your daughter, not to me. She’s running the place.” So I’m amazed that they are in business. I think at this point, it’safe to say that TNA will continue to be subsidized by Bob Carter until he dies. Then I think TNA will go the way of ECW and the territory days.”

To hear the full two hour plus interview where Jerry talks through his entire booking career from Memphis to WWE to TNA, along with over 100 hours of content in archive shows and interviews, click here.

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  • http://WWW.WrestleNewZ.com/ Bork Lazer Living Legend

    Jeff jarrett could run TNA better than Dixie

    • lol

      well even i could run tna better than dixie

      • P1

        Of course you could ::sarcasm::

        • Chelsii?

          Anybody could.

          • jcice13

            no they can’t

  • Tsall13

    Stevie Wonder can run this garbage promotion better then delusional Carter and her leeches…

    • YM5

      cuz Stevie has always known what he can and can not do and hired people who have a history of doing what he can’t to do it for him

  • jcice13

    some times I don’t know whether it’s sour grapes, the truth, or a combo of both, I don’t know that TNA was all that successful before dixie, but they were better off, how much longer could the jarretts have gone? because the question to me is..if they were going such great guns why did they sell??? see the dilemma? logically speaking if one has a business and it’s going “great” why bring in a partner? and if it’s because you need an infusion of money? well why make the new partner controlling official of the business? especially if said partner has no experience in the business whatsoever? do the jarretts still own a % of the company? and if so then aren’t they losing money as well? cause if they still have an interest then it makes less sense to me that they would put their company in that hole
    do these questions come to anyone else or is it just me?

    • Tsall13

      I’m not sure if they own a percentage or not it seems like they have stock still in the company cause Jeff is around at times and doing a lot of promotional work for them over seas but again that might just be Dixie paying another person for nothing cause he’s never used right like behind the scenes where he’s needed… but at the same time Dixie has basically gutted that company and ruined it all on her own by doing all the wrong things cause she has no idea how to run a wrestling company and you never hear of Jeff having a say in anything they do… her dad is going to give up on her very soon once he sees the extreme losses this year and disturbing amount off money wasted on useless talent like MMA fighters and Brooke Hogan plus the massive roster of unused talent and then TNA will belong to Vince which will be before the end of next year… you’re going to see a lot of guys jump ship before or after Mania it’s almost a guarantee…

      • jcice13

        ok whether they actually own a piece of the company or have a nice stock option in it to me it’s the same because that stock is about the same value as a roll of TP and as for the massive roster of unused talent? if they’re not used they don’t get paid correct? I’m talking about the mid card guys and even hogan has his 75 thou appearance fee so if he doesn’t show he doesn’t get paid

    • Z….

      at the time that Bob Carter and Panda Energy stepped in, TNA was likely a few weeks away from being done. I know that Jeff Jarrett still owned a percentage for sure until at least 2008. After that, I’m not sure.

    • SdotC

      Very true. I’m surprised more people haven’t brought that up here. It’s nice to see someone be objective and realize that we don’t know, and therefore should make our assessments without bias or assumption. Good post.

      • jcice13

        TY, it’s nice to see someone understands, look we are all real fans here, not saying that if you don’t post here one isn’t but we spend some of our leisure exchanging thoughts about one of the things we enjoy, but I really get amused when people think they know what’s going on in someone else’s business, like they’re there with them and in on every minute detail. we can speculate on things by using some logic and maybe we’re correct now and again but to thing that we really know? well that’s just absurd. look at all the posts from fans and insiders that are saying TNA is broke, that they’re not going to last out the year etc, how do they really know that. who’s to say that if the jarretts kept all the control they wouldn’t have gone belly up by now? the reason why more people haven’t brought it up is because my thought process is different than others, I’m not saying better, just different

        • SdotC

          Very true and np. I try to keep in mind at all times that I don’t know, I either think or believe, or both, but I don’t KNOW. Of course, I’m not perfect. Sometimes I’ll jump the gun without thinking something through, or push my own opinion too hard if I feel strongly about something, but at the end of the day, none of us really “know” any more than we’re told we do, or have experienced ourselves. We do it in every aspect of life. It’s like that fallacy that if someone’s a dck to you, you don’t say “maybe he’s having a rough day”, you say “what a dck”. It’s tough to be unbiased, nonjudgmental and objective… we question what we don’t understand and pass judgment on things that disagree with our perception of reality. It’s in our nature not to be objective, as life itself is subjective, but it’s certainly something we should all strive for.

  • showoff

    They need to go back to what made em successfuly before. Good wrestling. More wrestling then wwe. N the six sided ring! I loved that it was something new n fresh n the x division n tag team division there was pretty stacked they need to go back to that

  • Z….

    we’ve talked about it over and over and over and over again. truth is they had a chance to do something by continuing to build on where they were at the end of 2009. they decided to go with Hogan and Bischoff, I guess thinking like they could give them that 1 more push they needed. Dixie obviously felt like Hogan’s name alone would do that for them. She decided that they must know things about the wrestling business she didnt. She should have just trusted what they were already doing right, with the people that were doing it right. I dont know if getting rid of Hogan and bringing back Jeff Jarrett and going back to the old TNA is gonna work at this point with the debt that they’re in. Its likely too late to save what was once something promising. The sad part is that as well as things were going at the end of 2009, it was all over just a month into the Hogan era (end of January 2010).

    • Macho Man

      Seems to me by the posts on this article most people are starting to realize WHO the real people are you need to blame for TNA’s impending doom. The root of all TNA’s problems are they’re inept, in over they’re head, clueless/careless OWNERS. That would be (1) Bob Carter (2)Jeff Jarrett and if you want to throw Dixie in there go ahead but in my opinion her being President of TNA is really just a title, as Daddy War Bucks (Bob Carter) signs the checks on ALL MAJOR decisions. Bob owns 70% Jeff owns 30% of TNA. So at the end of the day Bob signs off on ALL the major decisions. Jeff only seems interested in the company every now and then so I really don’t know how much input he really gives or much intrust he really has in wanting TNA to survive. The MAJOR Problem with this is Bob and Dixie don’t know they’re as**es from they’re elbows as far as running a pro wrestling company and it shows and has shown since they acquired the company from Jerry Jarrett. You can continue to show you’re ignorance with posts like this one and keep trying to blame a guy you don’t like. REALITY is everybody inside the industry and fans who are objectionable know where the REAL problem emanates from. It’s to bad you are BLINDED by your HATE for Hogan to except this REALITY! Keep in mind I’m not saying Hogan should be in TNA making as much money as he is. But I’m also not blaming him for taking money that an OWNER that has no idea what he’s doing is offering him. They begged Hogan to come to TNA, Hogan didn’t beg them to go there. And what are they paying him all this money for, to have a TV Title of GM and announce matches and stipulations. That my friend is an example of why TNA is and has been going down the crapper. IT ALL COMES BACK TO THE OWNER!!!!! Open you’re eyes and place the blame were it REALLY belongs on the CLUELESS OWNER!!!!

      • Z….

        just keep saying things you dont have any idea about. Bob Carter owns Panda Energy, which is the parent company of TNA. He leaves ALL OF THE DAY TO DAY BUSINESS DECISIONS TO HIS DAUGHTER. HE HAS SAID NUMEROUS TIMES THAT HE DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WRESTLING, and THEREFORE HE LETS DIXIE DEAL WITH FIGURING OUT WHAT TO DO BY LISTENING TO THOSE WHO DO KNOW. I’m not even gonna read your posts b/c you continue to just repeat the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over again.; You dont even read what others are saying. Nobody is arguing that Hogan is not an owner. It is Dixie Carter’s fault, and by extension, Panda Energy’s fault that they brought in Hogan, and then renewed his contract when it was up the first time. That DOESNT MEAN THAT HOGAN IS NOT AT FAULT AT ALL WHATSOEVER! That just means there are others to blame along with him, but since he is the main cause of all of the issues, we choose to blame him the most. I’m not even talking about the money that he gets paid himself either, though that definitely is an issue….I’m done here

        • Macho Man

          I would be done to if I were you, just like TNA is. For some reason you don’t grasp that Bob Carter signs off on EVERYTHING! Dixie may bring something to him but he’s the one who says yes or no. Read the above article where it says BOB not Dixie called Jerry Jarrett and told him HE couldn’t keep losing money, DUH!!! The saddest part of the article is Bob is signing off on Dixie’s suggestions concerning contracts and finances and then saying HE can’t lose MORE money! Talk about oblivious! Keep living in you’re fantasy land that TNA was successful before Hogan was there because it wasn’t and it never has been. Keep blaming Hogan and acting as a blind sheep. Oblivious TNA fans like you go hand and hand with the oblivious owners of the company. You’re a match made in heaven. When not if TNA goes down for a three count bet your bottom dollar Vince will have Hogan signed to at least a legends contract and use and pay him appropriately. Vince knows how to handle talent and run a wrestling company unlike the oblivious Carters! Also having followed every mainstream wrestling company since the early 80’s I will go nose to nose with anyone of you clowns especially when I KNOW what you’re stating is FACTUAL WRONG! Run along little man to the land of believing what you want to believe and not understanding the FACTS!

          R.I.P. – TNA and Z’s weak and factually incorrect statements!

          • Z….

            you call me a Hogan hater, yet that completely isnt even true. I used to completely ignore what others said about him, and was one of the sheep that actually bought into what he was. Even I knew to be really skeptical when it was announced that Hogan was going to be a part of the company, knowing what he did in WCW (before you start making ridiculous accusations about me blaming WCW on him, I’m absolutely not. I’m simply talking about the backstage politics he was known for). Even with all that he has done over recent years, I still have respect for what he helped turn the business into. Dont say I’m something I’m not. You have no idea who I am. You say TNA wasnt ever successful before Hogan which is a flat out lie. You call me a TNA fanboy, yet you completely ignore where I mention that I dont watch it. You actually have the ridiculous thought of comparing the Carters to the McMahons, who have been involved in wrestling for 100 years. If anything, you are a TNA hater, a WWE fanboy, and a Hogan d-rider

          • Macho Man

            Ah look Z’s back from the dead and he’s bringing 10 year old humor in the form of genital jokes, PATHETIC! I have only compared the Carter’s to the McMahon’s in the fact they both OWN wrestling companies. Other than that there is NO comparison. Fact is the Carter’s don’t know they’re a** from they’re elbows! They brought Hogan in and paid him a INSANE amount of money for NOTHING. That’s 100% on the OWNER and nobody else! The quicker you except that the quicker you will join the rest of us in REALITY world. TNA has NEVER been a success, PERIOD! They are essentially a glorified Indy company with a TV deal and CLUELESS OWNER with deep pockets.Like I said mark my words when TNA perishes if Hogan still wants to be involved with pro wrestling Hogan WILL be involved in WWE in some form or fashion and the WWE will STILL be profitable and successful.The saddest part about TNA is there are talented wrestlers there and put in the right OWNERS hands it could be at least respectable. I enjoy watching Aries, Roode, Styles, Angle, Samoa Joe, Gunner, Storm to name a few but they are doomed by having the Carter’s in charge. I’m not a TNA hater I’m a TNA realist unlike yourself. I watch TNA every week just like I do WWE. If TNA is successful that makes WWE have to raise they’re level even more so in the end I would love to see TNA be at least respectable. It’s not gonna happen though with the current people that are in ownership of the company. And that my friend has nothing to do with the Hulkster, BROTHER!!!!!

          • Z….

            Your grammar is so terrible that I cant understand anything that you’re saying. Also, nobody is arguing whether or not Hogan would be welcomed back into WWE. I’m more than certain that he would be. You continue to prove that you arent reading anything that anyone else says. None of your points have anything to do with anything being said by anyone else

          • Macho Man

            God and I thought your genital attempted humor was WEAK! I bet you would have no problem with my grammar if my points were agreeing with yours. Run along kid you’ve been verbally and factually dominated! Get out of the deep end of the pool before you drown(though I think that has already happened)! Go peddle your nonsense to someone who you can sell it to because it’s not happening here kid!

    • jcice13

      this company in my opinion was never “promising” but just a viable alternative on a national network. it always looked second rate, it was always taped and never drew any significant ratings, just a decent steady weekly one where their fans stayed loyal and followed, case in point? when Nash went back to the WWE? he was amazed at all the people who asked him where he was for the last 3, 4 years and when he said he was on TV every week? people had no idea and these were wrestling fans right?

      getting hogan was a great scoop for them but taking bischoff with him? big mistake, at least hogan still had world wide acclaim, but after his first contract was up? that’s when they should have cut the chord, THAT’S where they made their mistake

      no my friend TNA was doomed to die the day it started it was just a matter of whether the death was slow and painful to watch or just a bullet to the head

      • Z….

        I agree that they should have got rid of him when they had the chance. Still, things were pretty bleak at that point as well. They would definitely have a better chance to get back to what they were doing than they do now, but I think it was still probably too late at that point.

        TNA was profitable for 2 years before Hogan came in dude. By the time he came in, they were consistently drawing 1.3 ratings and getting decent ppv buys, plus they were able to run a live show every once in a while, while also starting to take things out of the impact zone a little more than before, especially for ppvs. They were on a pretty good trajectory, especially if you consider the amazing quality of the actual product at the time. The in-ring wrestling was amazing at the time, and even promo work, storylines, and building of new stars was happening at a really good level. Hogan and Bischoff came in and literally everything changed overnight and guys that were being pushed were buried immediately. Then they took what made people like TNA, what made it what it was, and got rid of it. The whole point of TNA is that it wasnt WWE. Hogan didnt understand that and that has been what has driven everyone away.

        • jcice13

          you make it sound like TNA was really putting up numbers and they were going to get better and better I don’t believe that I don’t think they would ever get past what was known in the day as a good territory, and hey that’s fine make some money have a decent show do intelligent story lines, and hang around. the new regime’s biggest mistake? lessening the knockout division, once hogan and eric got there it went speeding down a slope. they were almost always if not the top the second highest rated segment
          look it’s inane to be so invested in a company that doesn’t know its ass from its elbow, let’s just let it die its death and go away

          • Z….

            I havent watched it that much since Hogan came in so I’m not invested in it. (I havent watched WWE for way longer). I just want to point out that they were building nicely towards something beforehand. The knockout division, tag division, and X division were all strong points. Now they’re all non existent. I think it could be argued that if TNA continued on the same path, they arguably could have been in the 1.7-1.8 rating range by now with the ability to run shows outside of the impact zone while also having more of those live specials than they were having at the time (maybe they could have done it once or twice a month). Now that thought is completely laughable.

            I have always had the thought that its better to save money than spend it. I felt like the slow process was a great way to get on the right track, like they were. You have to remember that TNA was only 8 years in at the time that Hogan came in. For them to be where they were was pretty impressive. My main feeling is that it shouldnt have been a race to try to get to a higher point when they were doing well by taking it slow. Hogan came in and immediately had them go live every week (and TNA was skeptical about doing so, but Hogan convinced them that taking the loss at that time would work out in the long run, which it didnt b/c after only a while of being live, they had to change back to taped shows b/c of the crazy expenses), which costs A TON of money. All of that profit they had accumulated over the previous 2 years was essentially gone in a month and a half, maybe even less. Then Hogan convinced them to switch to Mondays (which they also didnt want to do, but he said that you have to be on at the same time as WWE if you want to get anywhere, which is completely stupid for SOO many reasons). Thats when ratings plummeted, especially b/c they did a terrible job advertising the switch to Mondays, and humorously, they had higher ratings for the replay at the regular time on Thursdays than for the live shows on Mondays. Thats when they switched the ring to the regular 4 sides b/c “6 sides made them look ridiculous and they were trying to be taken more seriously.” The fans were clearly outraged when they showed up to Genesis to find out that Hogan switched the ring. Then came the change in direction from more wrestling based to more entertainment based. TNA was meant to be an alternative. Hogan getting rid of the aspects that made them different, like the specialty matches that have been gone, and the change to a more entertainment based product, and burying all of the young, and even the established TNA talent in favor of his friends, drove everyone away. What frustrates me is that all of these issues were obviously avoidable, b/c it should have been clear that they were destroying what made TNA what it was, and the fans didnt like it. Dixie was just too far up Hogan’s ass that she just doesnt get it

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