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Old 09-08-2012, 05:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TNA’s President, Dixie Carter, sat down for an interview with AllWrestling.com’s Week In Review host Dan the Cannon. One of the most influential women in wrestling, Dixie spoke about various things from TNA’s future plans to the work environment.

After starting as a VP of a marketing firm, she moved to Nashville to try new things. This is when she decided to start her own business, which resulted in the birth of the US’ second largest wrestling company, Total Nonstop Action. The lady talked about turning corners and reaching a global audience. She highlighted the fact that she has always been into sports and entertainment and is glad that she is providing a substitute to the wrestling fans.

She also took the opportunity to clear the confusion regarding the company’s name. She stated that the name ‘Impact Wrestling’ was introduced to shuffle things, and the name of the company remains Total Nonstop Action (TNA) and not Impact Wrestling, as some like to believe. She cleared that Impact Wrestling is the show that the company, TNA, broadcasts.

Without completely denying it, she said that the company might turn public in the future; however, it is currently enjoying its present position. Emphasizing on TNA’s positive points, she highlighted the fact that her company has a great in-ring product, thanks to the mixture of talented performers. However, she shied away from talking about WWE’s negative points.

Talking about TNA’s Gut Check, and replying to the concept’s critics, Dixie said that it was originally incorporated to find new talent and give them an opportunity to shine. She believes that it is a result of teamwork, and has really helped the company. According to the president, the unscripted show has an edge and is not aimed towards producing overnight stars, but finding potential stars

She also shared her points on the popular Bound for Glory Series that, according to her, gives wrestlers an opportunity to show their talent and hunger for more. She said that the creative department works hard to come up with new ideas. And according to her, the statistical system adds much more to the product and keeps fans’ interest alive.

About Impact Wrestling going live permanently, the lady in power said that going live in Summer has greatly helped the company, as it keeps everyone on their toes and makes them give their hundred percent. She said that they are working on long-term plans and a lot of things need to be taken care of before they pull the trigger.

On ratings, she said that they are trying to build on the first hour, which has suffered since the slot change. However, the company is content with the second hour, and hopes that the first hour will also pick up soon.

She also said that the company is now concentrating on long-term plans, which are often penned six months in advance. However, due to the uncertain nature of the business, plans may often have to change. She also confessed that she is not very fond of being in front of the camera; however, she maintains that she would do it if the company needs her.

On the role of social media, she said that it helps her stay in touch with her fans and know about their opinions. And on about joining forces with an independent company, the president said that it hasn’t been brought up yet.

Further discussing the hot topic of banning moves, she said that it is an ongoing process and they do ban moves that are unsafe, such as direct chair shots to the head.

She finished the interview by confessing that the company has a stringent wellness policy in order to maintain a good and healthy backstage atmosphere. She emphasized that TNA is like a big family and they appreciate a healthy working atmosphere.

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Hopefully the next time creative comes to her with an idea to do a storyline with one of her wrestlers she turns it down.
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Hopefully the next time creative comes to her with an idea to do a storyline with one of her wrestlers she turns it down.
Damn right. Especially AJ 'frickin' Styles of all people!
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What does going public mean? Stock being purchased? Doesn't that mean less freedom to do what you want with your own company?
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What does going public mean? Stock being purchased? Doesn't that mean less freedom to do what you want with your own company?
Yep. That will mean TNA will be answerable to the stock owners. Also information about their business will be made known to them, like PPV buyrates, merchandise sales, gate revenue for on-the-road shows, profits etc. It could also possibly help grow TNA's fan following, since stock owners will want other people to know about TNA so that it is more profitable.
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Going public is arguably the the biggest pin-point moment for when WWE's quality started to degrade to where it is today. When you're forced to answer to the public and you're held accountable by those same stockholders, then your freedom is severely limited. That's why superstars aren't given freedom on the mic or in their characters in the WWE anymore. Everything is scripted, and it's terrible.

On the other hand, the WWE made a crap load of money when they went public.

TNA has a backer with deep, deep pockets in Viacom....so hopefully they don't feel the pressure to go public.
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Going public is arguably the the biggest pin-point moment for when WWE's quality started to degrade to where it is today. When you're forced to answer to the public and you're held accountable by those same stockholders, then your freedom is severely limited. That's why superstars aren't given freedom on the mic or in their characters in the WWE anymore. Everything is scripted, and it's terrible.
WWE went public in 1999. They still had a pretty enjoyable product for years after that. WWE Superstars not being "given freedom on the mic or in their characters" doesn't have anything to do with WWE going public. In fact, WWE should be trying to put out the best product that they can. Ultimately, the stock holders can't tell the company how to book their show. WWE's stale product has only their own incompetence to blame.
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WWE went public in 1999. They still had a pretty enjoyable product for years after that. WWE Superstars not being "given freedom on the mic or in their characters" doesn't have anything to do with WWE going public. In fact, WWE should be trying to put out the best product that they can. Ultimately, the stock holders can't tell the company how to book their show. WWE's stale product has only their own incompetence to blame.
Plus there is the Class-A stocks and Class-B stocks. The A stocks are the ones with any real power, and the McMahon's own all of that. The B's is what the public has access to.
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WWE went public in 1999. They still had a pretty enjoyable product for years after that. WWE Superstars not being "given freedom on the mic or in their characters" doesn't have anything to do with WWE going public. In fact, WWE should be trying to put out the best product that they can. Ultimately, the stock holders can't tell the company how to book their show. WWE's stale product has only their own incompetence to blame.
Except social standards and morality has changed since 1999. People didn't care about the "negative" sides of the Attitude Era in 1999. Once there was public outcry about things like blood, concussions, drugs and alcohol, women being treated like sex toys, etc. then WWE was forced to change how they handled business. If they had remained a privately owned company, it wouldn't have mattered. Would "wrestling" be such a dirty word to the WWE, if they weren't publicly traded? Would Daniel Bryan have been fired for "choking" Roberts with his tie? Hell, would Abraham be fired for making a Kobe Bryant joke? WWE's actions today are based on public perception and accountability, because they are a publicly traded company.
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Going public is arguably the the biggest pin-point moment for when WWE's quality started to degrade to where it is today. When you're forced to answer to the public and you're held accountable by those same stockholders, then your freedom is severely limited. That's why superstars aren't given freedom on the mic or in their characters in the WWE anymore. Everything is scripted, and it's terrible.

On the other hand, the WWE made a crap load of money when they went public.

TNA has a backer with deep, deep pockets in Viacom....so hopefully they don't feel the pressure to go public.
Panda Energy is TNA backer with deep, deep pockets Not Viacom. Viacom is the backer of spike tv.
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